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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.

SOF Role in Combating Transnational Organized Crime
Center for Complex Operations' Michael Miklaucic authored the concluding chapter on World Order or Disorder: The SOF Contribution in a new Joint Special Operations University publication titled, SOF Role in Combating Transnational Organized Crime, edited by William Mendel and Dr. Peter McCabe.  

Boko Haram is Enslaving Women, Making Them Join The War
February 12, 2016 - By Hilary Matfess in Newsweek 
“They have a look in their eyes—they look like they are possessed,” says Amira, a Nigerian woman held captive by Boko Haram fighters for several years. “They would even drink the blood of the people they killed,” she adds, using her hands to tip an imaginary bowl of blood to her mouth.  

Countering ISIS: One Year Later
February 10, 2016 -  By Dr. Denise Natali, INSS Event Report
On December 3, 2015, The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) sponsored a conference, “Countering ISIS: One Year Later”. The purpose of the conference was to critically re-assess the assumptions, policies, and strategic objectives of the U.S.-led effort to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), or Da’ish. The conference examined the continuities and changes in this effort over the past year, to include strategic challenges, regional dynamics, adaptations in Da’ish financing, messaging, and recruitment, and successes and failures in Iraq and Syria. Over 100 participants attended the event, including representatives from U.S. government agencies, regional analysts, practitioners, scholars, and think tank experts who specialize on Iraq, Syria, counter-terrorism, and Middle Eastern affairs.

Can Silicon Valley Help in Social Media War with ISIS?

February 3, 2016 - By Dr. R.Kim Cragin in Middle East Institute
On January 8, 2016, the White House announced the creation of a new Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, hosted at the Department of Homeland Security. In many ways, this task force is an extension of the 2011 strategy, Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States,  as well as the 2015 Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. But the White House also used the opportunity to emphasize the role that social media plays in violent extremism today. Admitting that more needs to be done, especially in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, senior officials traveled to the nation’s IT hub of Silicon Valley seeking help.

Reinvigorating Alliances in the Western Hemisphere 
February 3, 2016 - By Douglas Farah and Michael Miklaucic in CSIS
In a world where the United States seems perpetually challenged by incessant wars, intractable conflicts and pandemic state failure, there is a new opportunity for strategic success in our own hemisphere. After almost two decades of ascendant authoritarian, anti-American governments recent electoral losses by the radical populist movements in Venezuela and Argentina offer a new window to reengage with Latin America and create a
powerful democratic security coalition.

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.




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