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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…


Pentagon invites hackers in and backs encryption

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35706988 Pentagon invites hackers in and backs encryption The Pentagon has invited external experts to hack into its systems in the first such test of its cybersecurity measures. The method is often used by private companies that want to use the expertise of “friendly” hackers to find holes in their…



Review: In Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,’ Clarity Isn’t the Objective – NYT 14 JAN 16

John Krasinski as Jack Silva in “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” CHRISTIAN BLACK / PARAMOUNT PICTURES By MANOHLA DARGIS JANUARY 14, 2016 http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/movies/review-in-michael-bays-13-hours-the-secret-soldiers-of-benghazi-clarity-isnt-the-objective.html?referer=https://www.google.com/ vs. https://www.congress.gov/113/crpt/srpt134/CRPT-113srpt134.pdf