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New York Times – Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser – 20 February 2017

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/us/politics/mcmaster-national-security-adviser-trump.html?emc=edit_na_20170220&nl=breaking-news&nlid=44923803&ref=headline&_r=0&referer= See also a partial webliography: http://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/documents/cact/LtGenMcMasterBio.pdf https://www.iiss.org/en/persons/hr-s-mcmaster http://www.hoover.org/profiles/h-r-mcmaster Studying War and Warfare – by Major General H.R. McMaster https://www.army.mil/article/130026 http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iconoclast-army-general-to-get-third-star/ http://www.westpointcoh.org/interviews/practical-lessons-of-the-vietnam-war http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/human-element-when-gadgetry-becomes-strategy http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100walkup/article/0,28804,1611030_1610841_1610336,00.html http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/07/20/reviews/970720.20spectot.html


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…


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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…


GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity (and assessments and responses)

I https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/JAR_16-20296.pdf “Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate…



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…


Policy – President Obama Delivers Remarks on the Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism – 6 December 2016

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehouse.gov%2Flive%2Fpresident-obama-delivers-remarks-administrations-approach-counterterrorism&data=01%7C01%7CBoardCERL%40law.upenn.edu%7C0e414bebb4864c3301cf08d41e1d270e%7C6cf568beb84a4e319df6359907586b27%7C1&sdata=C2CXI4eCP24wzAUUO7qAlX1t7c4jkBnRlg9Pzo%2BaKro%3D&reserved=0   President Obama will speak at MacDill Air Force Base, home to forces that have been crucial to his fight against extremists and to efforts to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And see this 61 pp REPORT ON THE LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORKS GUIDING THE UNITED…


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