Military Legitimacy

On the passing of LTG (R) Hal Moore – 10 February 2017

  http://www.lzxray.com/sites/default/files/AfterActionReport.pdf https://youtu.be/wYK4jrhepdU https://youtu.be/AQVte-dL86Y “Mansions of the Lord” is a hymn written by Randall Wallace and set to the music of Nick Glennie-Smith. “Mansions” was originally written for the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, and was performed by the United States Military Academy Glee Club and the Metro Voices: To…



MWI – THE RUSSIAN–UKRAINIAN WAR: UNDERSTANDING THE DUST CLOUDS ON THE BATTLEFIELD – 17 January 2017

http://mwi.usma.edu/russian-ukrainian-war-understanding-dust-clouds-battlefield/ Amos C. Fox | January 17, 2017 | Commentary & Analysis “Russian aggression in Ukraine has been interpreted as the harbinger of a new era of warfare, one in which cyber threats, hybrid tactics, and gray-zone operations are ascendant. But there are lessons to be learned in the conventional…


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…


No Picture

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