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“I love Mattis, but I don’t love him as SecDef,” writes Erin Simpson, senior editor of the foreign policy publication War on the Rocks. “You can’t run the Pentagon like the First Marine Division.”

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia

More than 75 members of the Republican national security community banded together to pen an open letter to Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race.

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Don’t worry Texans the American Special Forces are not coming for you. It’s a good thing too; these guys are pretty special when it comes to unconventional warfare. But they can be better and that is why they need realistic training scenarios like Jade Helm that span multiple states and agencies.

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Recent airstrikes in eastern Syria targeted Islamic State of Iraq and Syria strongholds as well as a new threat known as the Khorasan group. Both are considered growing international threats in light of their land grab in northern Iraq, recorded execution of westerners, and threats to U.S. military families in the homeland. With ordnance dropped on familiar locations in Iraq and new targets in Syria, it is easy to think, Here we go again, another war. Veterans and civilians alike can see the counterterror, counterinsurgency war to come despite the artificially constraining “no boots on the ground” political promise.

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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared at War on the Rocks

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