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NYTimes: Body Count Points to a Mexican Military Out of Control – 26 May 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/americas/mexican-militarys-high-kill-rate-raises-human-rights-fears.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share The statistics on deaths, which the government has stopped reporting, offer a rare glimpse into the Mexican military’s role in the war on organized crime. And see also: Govern, Kevin H., Reinforcing the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Mexico through U.S. Special Operations Forces Missions (Fall, 2013)….


NYTimes: Obama Confirms Death of Mullah Mansour, Taliban Leader, in U.S. Strike – 23 May 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/world/asia/obama-mullah-mansour-taliban-killed.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share An American drone strike in a restive province of Pakistan killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, the White House confirmed on Monday. Calling the death “an important milestone,” President Obama said in a statement, released just as he was meeting with top officials in…


NYTimes: Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi – 23 May 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/world/asia/vietnam-us-arms-embargo-obama.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share HANOI, Vietnam — The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War.



Colonel tapped to become West Point’s first female dean

  http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2016/04/29/colonel-tapped-become-west-points-first-female-dean/83715042/ A department head at the U.S. Military Academy could become the first female dean in the school’s 200-plus-year history, if the Senate endorses her selection. Col. Cindy Jebb has been tapped by President Obama to succeed Brig. Gen. Tim Trainor in the post, the school announced Friday. Jebb, a member…


NYTimes: ISIS Targeted by Cyberattacks in a New U.S. Line of Combat – 26 APR 16

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/us/politics/us-directs-cyberweapons-at-isis-for-first-time.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share LONDON — The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing the military’s six-year-old Cyber Command for the first time to mount computer-network attacks that are now being used alongside more traditional weapons See also: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/cyber-war-9780198717492?lang=en&cc=us


Vatican to host first-ever conference to reevaluate just war theory, justifications for violence

http://www.ncronline.org/news/global/vatican-host-first-ever-conference-reevaluate-just-war-theory-justifications-violence Vatican to host first-ever conference to reevaluate just war theory, justifications for violence | National Catholic Reporter and see/listen to: Kresta in the Afternoon, April 6, 2016: Vatican will host a conference next week to evaluate the Church’s longstanding teaching on Just War Theory. Cohosted by the Pontifical Council…


The Rise (Evolution, Expansion, and Decline?) of ISIS /Daesh – Various Perspectives

NYTimes: A Top ISIS Leader Is Killed in an Airstrike, Pentagon Says NYTimes: John Kerry, in Brussels, Says ISIS Is Faltering in Mideast A View of ISIS’s Evolution in New Details  of Paris Attacks – The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/world/europe/a-view-of-isiss-evolution-in-new-details-of-paris-attacks.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share   In Rise of ISIS, No Single Missed Key but Many…



Carter Names First Female Combatant Commander

http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/697602/carter-names-first-female-combatant-commander By Cheryl Pellerin , DoD News, Defense Media Activity / Published March 18, 2016 Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named new commanders for U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Forces Korea to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northcom chief will be the first woman to lead…