Department of Defense (DoD)


Featured Article: Addressing a Spectrum of Threats…



Featured Article: Addressing a Spectrum of Threats…
Featured article: Addressing a Spectrum of Threats: Interagency Challenges to Mitigating Threats and Safeguarding Liberties by Harry Phillips “In my judgment the most important political rules are: never relax vigilance; expect nothing from the magnanimity of others; never abandon a purpose until it has become impossible, beyond doubt, to attain… Read More

National Defense Strategy released



National Defense Strategy released
The first new National Defense Strategy in a decade was announced in January. The 2018 National Defense Strategy is described by Elbridge A. Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, as “not a strategy of confrontation, but it is strategy that recognizes the reality of competition.”… Read More

Featured Article: The Looming Crisis in Afghan Local Government



Featured Article: The Looming Crisis in Afghan Local Government
Featured article: The Looming Crisis in Afghan Local Government by Daniel R. Green While much of the debate about the war in Afghanistan focuses on troop levels and the pace of the drawdown, a similar reduction of the U.S. civilian interagency may have more far-reaching consequences. Although located primarily in… Read More

Featured Article: Afghanistan Army Development…



Featured Article: Afghanistan Army Development…
Featured article: Afghanistan Army Development: What Went Wrong by Tommy J. Tracy In the summer of 2009, after an abrupt International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leadership change from General McKiernan to General McChrystal, preparation for a surge of forces and a fresh approach toward Afghanistan’s security situation ensued—ironically not one… Read More

CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel



CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel
The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) recently published a new installment in their “News From The Front” series focused on the experiences of Department of State personnel in interagency operations. Leveraging the Interagency: Insights from the U.S. Department of State Leadership is a collection of articles related to U.S.… Read More

Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security



Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security
A new tool recently developed by U.S. Africa Command (Africom) is being used to measure progress in advancing women, peace, and security (WPS). The assessment tool was developed by Cori Fleser, Africom’s gender advisor, to better integrate WPS efforts into Africom’s security cooperation activities. Africom has made strides to better… Read More

Arkansas National Guard completes DHS accredited cyber training



Arkansas National Guard completes DHS accredited cyber training
The Arkansas National Guard recently conducted a cyber training exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base. The training focused on threats to critical infrastructure, and was part of a program developed by a civilian entity accredited by the Department of Homeland Security. Exercise participants included members of the Arkansas Army… Read More

Featured Article: Train with the Brain in Mind…



Featured Article: Train with the Brain in Mind…
Featured article: Train with the Brain in Mind: Neuroscience Education as a Force Multiplier by Michael J. Cheatham Ever-increasing lethality and superior technology epitomize the American way of war. However, despite continued investments in technological innovations, military equipment alone has rarely sufficed to ensure victory. Indeed, war is an affair… Read More

National Security Strategy released



National Security Strategy released
President Trump announced the new National Security Strategy (NSS) on December 18, saying “With every decision and every action, we are now putting America first.” The NSS is supported by four pillars – protect the homeland, promote American prosperity, preserve peace through strength, and advance American influence. The new NSS… Read More

Hurricane response efforts continue



Hurricane response efforts continue
Hurricane relief efforts are still underway in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the territories were ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September. As of October 30, over 15,000 federal civilian and military personnel are on location in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Federal Emergency… Read More