Military Legitimacy

Lawfare – Terrorists, Insurgents, Something Else? Clarifying and Classifying the “Generational Challenge” – 15 January 2017

https://www.lawfareblog.com/terrorists-insurgents-something-else-clarifying-and-classifying-generational-challenge “Our hope is that our taxonomy of VNSAs (Violent Non State Actors) can help analysts and scholars to better conceptualize the range of VNSA types and the relationships among them. They are too often lumped together as “terrorist” groups, but as this spectrum makes clear, doing so oversimplifies the…


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NYT – North Africa’s Next War – 16 January 2017

“With North Africa still stunned by the destabilizations of the Arab Spring, and conflicts in Mali and Libya continuing, there is no appetite in neighboring countries for a new outbreak of war over Western Sahara. Nevertheless, over the past year I have heard Algerian officials and both Western and African…


NIC – Global Trends – The Paradox of Progress

https://www.dni.gov/files/images/globalTrends/documents/GT-Full-Report.pdf Paradox of Progress “The achievements of the industrial and information ages are shaping a world to come that is both more dangerous and richer with opportunity than ever before. Whether promise or peril prevails will turn on the choices of humankind.” “Every four years since 1997, the National Intelligence…


New Obama Administration Executive Action: Supporting New American Service Members, Veterans, and their Families – 22 December 2016

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/22/presidential-memorandum-supporting-new-american-service-members-veterans New Obama Administration Executive Action: “New American service members are undoubtedly a critical element of our national security. They risk their lives all over the world in the name of the United States, securing shipping lanes, protecting bases and embassies, providing medical assistance, and conducting humanitarian missions. Tens of…




CNN – Trump: US doesn’t ‘have to be bound’ by ‘one China’ policy – 11 December 2016

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/11/politics/donald-trump-china-taiwan/index.html?sr=fbCNN121216donald-trump-china-taiwan0145AMVODtopLink&linkId=32226969 https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL30341.pdfhttp://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2016%20China%20Military%20Power%20Report.pdfhttp://www.cfr.org/china/china-taiwan-relations/p9223 http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2016%20China%20Military%20Power%20Report.pdf http://www.cfr.org/china/china-taiwan-relations/p9223M  


NYT: Obama Orders Intelligence Report on Russian Election Hacking – 10 December 2016

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/us/obama-russia-election-hack.html “When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country. We reserve the right to use all necessary means — diplomatic, informational, military, and economic — as appropriate and consistent with applicable international law, in order to…


Guardian – Investigation into alleged abuses by British troops in Iraq could end after lawyer admits professional misconduct – 8 December 2016

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/08/investigation-alleged-abuses-british-troops-iraq-could-end-lawyer/ The Guardian reports that “[a]controversial investigation into alleged abuses by British troops in Iraq faces being wound up after the lawyer who brought the vast majority of the cases admitted 18 professional misconduct charges.” “Phil Shiner was tonight called on to apologise to British troops whose lives have been…


Washington Post – Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste – 6 December 2016

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/pentagon-buries-evidence-of-125-billion-in-bureaucratic-waste/2016/12/05/e0668c76-9af6-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post. See briefing slides at: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/investigations/defense-business-board-study-from-jan-2015-identifying-125-billion-in-waste/2236/?ref