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John Little has been breaking national security news and leveraging thousands of conflict, intelligence, security, technology & political sources to provide level-headed analysis in a complex news environment since 2002. @blogsofwar

Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, Updates Blogs of War on the ISIL Threat

We Talk Western Support, Kurdish Cooperation, and Political Reform

Ambassador Lukman Faily The Ambassador was kind enough to take some additional questions. I originally submitted these questions to him the day before there were widespread reports of, if not a coup, at least a difficult...

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August 14, 2014

A Different Kind of Veteran

Thoughts on Countering Australian Jihadis from Clint Arizmendi and John Little

Thoughts on Countering Australian Jihadis from Clint Arizmendi and John Little

Clint Arizmendi is a researcher in the Emerging Threats and Opportunities section of the Directorate of Future Land Warfare. The views expressed here are his own and do not reflect those of the Australian Army, Australian Department of Defence...

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August 14, 2014

DIA Director Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn Shares His Thoughts on Threats, Opportunities, and 33 Years of Service

A Career, and World, in Transition

DIA Director Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn Shares His Thoughts on Threats, Opportunities, and 33 Years of Service

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has had a long and distinguished intelligence career. His bio-sketch could easily run longer than this interview. His relentless, no-nonsense approach to...

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August 06, 2014

PBS NewsHour and Blogs of War Twitter Chat on Social Media and Warfare

1-2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 31

Twitter Chat: Is social media a weapon in modern warfare?

The nice folks at PBS @NewsHour asked me and @PJTobia to spend an hour discussing the topic with them on Twitter.

Social media can be used to circulate true information in the face of censorship. It can also cause...

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July 30, 2014

U.S. and European Airlines Halt Flights to Tel Aviv

Disrupting Civil Aviation Just Got Much Easier

U.S. and European Airlines Halt Flights to Tel Aviv

I absolutely understand the concern raised by this single small rocket. The entire world has endured a miserable, helpless, gruesome week observing the aftermath of Malaysian Air Flight 17. If you think airline executives and aviation...

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July 22, 2014

Anthony Bourdain Talks Travel, Food, and War

Exploring Simple Pleasures in a Very Complicated World

Blogs of War: Anthony Bourdain Talks Travel, Food, and War

I've never met anyone interested in the world around them who isn't terribly envious of Anthony Bourdain. Fans of his books, shows like No Reservations and Parts Unknown know that he is far more than a roving chef. He is a keen observer of the...

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July 21, 2014

Blogs of War and the New Twitter Analytics

@blogsofwar Followers Are an Engaged Bunch

Blogs of War and the New Twitter Analytics

Twitter analytics have taken a giant leap forward with recent enhancements that allow users to go beyond simple analysis of retweets, favorites, and follows to measure the impact of their work. The most notable change is the inclusion of impressions....

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July 14, 2014

Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Cinnamon: Slick, Stable, and Definitely Worth the Upgrade

Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Cinnamon Screenshot

Linux Mint 16 was solid but this release, which is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, is by far the best product the team has ever produced. My previous install, the KDE version, had lingering issues with proprietary drivers which didn't really impact my workflow but...

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July 06, 2014

The Islamic State Will Not Survive - But it Has Already Won Big

Thoughts on Chaos

Warhammer - Mark of Chaos

I am firmly in the camp which believes that ISIS, now known as the Islamic State, has overplayed its hand. They're smart, organized, well-led, and now resource rich but they are also betting everything on a strategy that creates...

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July 05, 2014

ISIS Declares Caliphate - Rebrands as "The Islamic State"

But Have Yet to Face Serious Opposition

It was clear that ISIS was on a mad dash to consolidate power. They have worked overtime to leverage the spoils of war, new recruits and recent territorial gains. But yesterday's announcement makes it exceedingly clear that they are...

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June 30, 2014

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