Arete 12.30.21

Military

Taking Down the Caliphate:  The story of an ad-hoc SOF task force that helped turn the tide against the Islamic state, Small Wars Journal
Is the cure for America’s ‘next war-itis’ a military culture shift? Task & Purpose
Army’s Vaccine Could Protect Against ALL Coronavirus Variants, Edge
Why the Military Can’t Solve Its Overwork Problem, War on the Rocks
2021 Top Ten: Marine Corps, Defense One
Tactical Cold Weather Gear: A Buyer’s Guide to Good Kit, Tactical Life Gun Mag
How the Taliban Outwitted and Outwaited the U.S., WSJ
A Sea Service Gone Ashore, Proceedings
The U.S. Military’s Extremism Problem Isn’t Going Away, The Hill
How SEAL Team 6 founder Richard Marcinko shaped America’s modern-day special operations forces, Task & Purpose

Foreign Affairs

Russia Is Playing With Fire in the Balkans, Foreign Affairs
China Is Testing the West. We Shouldn’t Back Down., Wash Post
‘It will be Ukrainian blood, it will be Russian blood’, Morning Defense
Bear, Meet Porcupine: Unconventional Deterrence for Ukraine, Defense One
Taiwan Would Be Better Off Alone, RAND
Biden signs enormous US military budget into law, Al Jazerra
U.S. Considers Warning Ukraine of a Russian Invasion in Real-Time, NYT
America’s world domination coming to an end, Pravda Report
The West wants to orchestrate ‘little war’ in Ukraine to destroy Russia, Pravda Report
The Berlin Crisis, Ukraine, and the 5 Percent Problem, War on the Rocks
War on two fronts with Russia and China. The West ponders the consequences, Pravda Report
Saudi Arabia Building Ballistic Missiles With Help of China, CNN

First Responder / Wildland Fire / Homeland Security

Colo. firefighter alleges racial mistreatment, FR1
Blurry Ideologies and Strange Coalitions: The Evolving Landscape of Domestic Extremism, HSN
An empirical-based model for predicting the forward spread rate of wildfires in eucalypt forests, International Journal of Wildland Fire
Survey assesses fire departments’ readiness for handling wildland fires, Wildfire Today
Judge temporarily halts vaccine mandate for St. Paul police, fire departments, Police 1
Roles and experiences of non-governmental organisations in wildfire response and recovery, IJWF
Fla. police departments fighting to entice, hire and retain officers, Police 1
Warming climate leads to more more bark beetles and dead pine trees than drought alone, Wildfire Today
The Effect of Tactical Tasks and Gear on Muscle Activation of SWAT Officers, JSCR

Mountain / Outside

Adam Ondra Redpoints 5.15b ‘Taurus’ on Czech Limestone, Gearjunkie
What You Missed: How Supply-Chain Woes Impact Outdoor Gear, Outside
Watch—Understory: A Journey Through the Tongass, Adventure Journal
Colorado skier dies in Front Range avalanche, BC Mag
Watch the Legendary Dave MacLeod Free Solo a Frozen Ben Nevis, Gearjunkie
Enjoy the Best Wildlife Images of 2021: Nature Photographer of the Year Winners Announced, Gearjunkie
‘Torn’ Is a Wrenching Look at the Long Shadow of Alex Lowe, Outside
The Year’s Best Adventure Photos, Adventure Journal
Meet the Best Bang for the Buck Van We’ve Ever Tested, Outside
ArchiTec’s Aysen Hoodie Is Basically Perfect, Adventure Journal
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad – 12/23/21, AAI
Ice Anchor Load Distribution: Pre-Equalized vs Quad, Outdoor Research
Year in review: Our top stories of 2021, Outside Business

Fitness / Health / Nutrition

Change-of-Direction Ability, Linear Sprint Speed, and Sprint Momentum in Elite Female Athletes: Differences Between Three Different Team Sports, JSCR
Is Blood-Flow Restriction the Future of Performance? Outside
The Writing on the Wall, Patagonia
Army’s Vaccine Could Protect Against ALL Coronavirus Variants, Edge
Scientists invent a protein-rich product made from plants that could replace dairy and eggs in certain foods, Science Daily
The Latest Science on Compression Gear, Outside
CDC cuts COVID isolation period recommendations in half, Axios
These Will Be the Biggest Health Trends of 2022, Outside
Winter Trout Fishing: How to Catch Them After the Snow Falls, Wild Open spaces
JUMP ROPE Workout Used By Pro Athletes, Athlean-x
For some Greenlanders, eating sugar is healthy, Science Daily
Uncovered: Key to how exercise protects against consequences of aging, Science Daily
20 Best Kettlebell Exercises of All Time, Men’s Journal
How Exercise May Affect Our Alcohol Consumption, NY Times
Some Help for Your Deadlift – Adam Fangman, Starting Strength
Covid and Return-to-Training Comments, Joe Friel
What Our Training Editor Loved in 2021, Triathlete
How to Plan a Homestead, Meateater

Interesting

AEI’s favorite books of 2021, AAI
The billionaire battle for the metaverse, Economist
Which economies have done best and worst during the pandemic?, Economist
How Higher Interest Rates Could Push Washington Toward a Federal Debt Crisis, Manhatten Inst.
Striking findings from 2021, PEW
Why so much Obama-era pop culture feels so cringe now, Vox
A Clean Industrial Revolution Is the Only Way to Hit Net Zero, Wired

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