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LESSONS ENCOUNTERED: Learning from the Long War 
Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War began as two questions from General Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: What were the costs and benefits of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what were the strategic lessons of these campaigns? The Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University was tasked to answer these questions. The editors composed a volume that assesses the war and analyzes the costs, using the Institute’s considerable in-house talent and the dedication of the NDU Press team. The audience for this volume is senior officers, their staffs, and the students in joint professional military education courses—the future leaders of the Armed Forces. Other national security professionals should find it of great value as well.

DOD Directive Defense Institution Building - signed 27 January 2016
Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction regarding the planning, management, and conduct of DIB by DoD, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD)  5111.1; the November 30, 2006, Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum; DoDD 5132.03; DoD 
Instruction (DoDI) 5000.68; and Titles 10 and 22, United States Code (U.S.C.).
Establishes the DIB Coordination Board.

Central America's Gangs Are All Grown Up - And more dangerous than ever
January 20, 2016 - by Doug Farah in Foreign Policy
The possible arrival of a few thousand Syrian refugees in the United States has caused a political firestorm, but there is a much more serious humanitarian crisis brewing on America’s southern border. The growing wave of unaccompanied children flowing from the northern tier of Central America across the U.S.-Mexico border could very well turn into a long-lasting tsunami due to the horrific violence and gang warfare wracking the region.

Refugees and Regional Tensions - Notes from Northeast Nigeria's Crisis
January 19, 2016 - by Hilary Matfess in the Global Observatory 
“We think that 1,500 of us fled, while maybe 150 were killed,” Muhammed recalled on the steps of the makeshift school in northeast Nigeria’s Fufore camp for internally displaced people. Other elder men from his community of Bama nodded, soon turning to discussing the remainder of the town’s 2,000 people, many of who were forced to join the attackers, or did so of their own volition.

Interorganizational Cooperation II of III 
1st Quarter 2016 - By James McArthur and Dale Erickson et al in JFQ.  
Recent observations from U.S. military involvement in major combat operations in Iraq, counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, and humanitarian assistance in the United States, Haiti, and West Africa provide critical lessons for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider for future joint force development.

Nigeria is winning the battle with Boko Haram but it is still losing the war

December 29, 2015 - By Hilary Matess in Quartz
On Dec. 24, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari told the BBC the Nigerian military had met an end-of-year deadline for routing out the Boko Haram militant sect when he claimed the insurgency had been “technically defeated.” While the view from the country’s capital city Abuja may suggest the sect is no longer capable of engaging in “conventional attacks” against the Nigerian military, as Buhari claims, the situation on the ground suggests otherwise.

To Undermine ISIS We Should Welcome Syrian Refugees

December 3, 2015  - By Kim Cragin and Ben Connable in Newsweek
It will take some time to parse all of the events in the Paris attacks, but reporting indicates that at least one of the suicide bombers used a stolen Syrian passport and followed the refugee path to France via Turkey and Greece.  This one attacker now has politicians on both sides of the Atlantic
calling for moratoria on Syrian refugee programs.

PRISM The Reviews
CCO’s most recent PRISM issue is online now! This issue is a compilation of previously published book reviews, and is intended to serve as a resource and baseline for scholars and educators in the field of complex operations. The titles cover a wide range of issues, including reconstruction, stabilization, irregular warfare, domestic politics, and statebuilding. The collection of 36 book reviews includes Fred Kaplan’s well-read The Insurgents, Henry Crumpton’s The Art of Intelligence, the recently published thriller Ghost Fleet by P.W. Singer and August Cole, and Dr. Collins’  Understanding the War in Afghanistan. Become part of the debate--see what readers have to say about these noteworthy publications! 




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