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MWI – A Civil War Vignette that Explains Modern Civ-Mil Relations – 22 August 2016

http://www.mwi.usma.edu/fidelity-frankness-collide-portrait-grant/ This essay from MAJ Dan Maurer is a shortened version of a chapter appearing in the author’s forthcoming book on American strategic civil-military relationships, tentatively titled A Necessary Measure. Relevant to MAJ Maurer’s study, after the Mexican War, General Winfield Scott’s occupation was such a model of excellence that Ulysses S….

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Louisiana National Guard Continues Flood Response Missions

http://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/918383/louisiana-national-guard-continues-flood-response-missions Photo:  Louisiana National Guardsmen convoy to a boat launch to conduct search-and-rescue missions near Maurepas, La., Aug. 17, 2016. The Louisiana National Guard has been conducting flood response and recovery missions, as directed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, since Aug. 12. Louisiana Army National Guard photo by 1st Sgt….




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CNN – Newly released US drone policy explains how targets can be chosen – 7 August 2016

“The Obama administration has released a previously [top] secret 18-page policy guidance document that lays out how potential drone targets may be chosen and approved and the President’s role in the decision-making process.” Read the full story: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/06/politics/obama-administration-drone-policy/ For the actual, declassified document, see: https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-library/procedures_for_approving_direct_action_against_terrorist_targets/download For a related policy, see:…



SHANGHAI, CHINA - MAY 20: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jingping (R) attend a welcoming ceremony on May 20, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Putin is on a two day visit to China (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

MWI – Cyberwarfare a Double-edged Sword for Authoritarian States – 1 August 2016

MWI Contributor Robert Potter argues that authoritarian states are more vulnerable to the impacts of cyberwarfare than democracies in today’s War Council Blog. http://mwi.usma.edu/cyberwarfare-double-edged-sword-authoritarian-states/ For more on cyberwar, see: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/cyber-war-9780198717492?lang=en&cc=us  



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The Intercept – Leaked Data Reveals How the U.S. Trains Vast Numbers of Foreign Soldiers and Police With Little Oversight – 13 July 2016

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/13/training/ And see, e.g., Weapons Given to Iraq Are Missing By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, August 6, 2007 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/05/AR2007080501299.html And see: Stabilizing Iraq: DOD Cannot Ensure That U.S.-Funded Equipment Has Reached Iraqi Security Forces GAO-07-711, Published: Jul 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2007. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-07-711 But see:…


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MWI – To Study Modern War There is No Substitute For Going – 27 July 2016

http://warontherocks.com/2016/07/to-study-modern-war-there-is-no-substitute-for-going/ Our Nation’s future leaders are fortunate indeed to have seasoned, sage leader-mentors at West Point, especially the Modern War Institute! Generations of commissioned officers have done what is known as the “staff ride” with the goal of studying and learning from war. First Printed in 1987, most recently reprinted…