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Kelvington, Michael R.

Major Michael Kelvington grew up in Akron, Ohio, and serves in the United States Army as an infantry officer. After graduating from West Point in 2005, he served in a variety of operational assignments including seven deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with airborne and special operations units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment.  He received multiple awards including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds sustained in combat.  He most recently served as aide to the Deputy Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command. At the conclusion of his studies at Princeton and his time as a General Wayne A. Downing scholar for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Mike will return to the operational Army.  He most recently attended the Executive Certificate Program on Counter-Terrorism Studies through the ICT in July.  Mike is married and has three children.  This paper is his own academic work and does not reflect the opinions of the CTC, US Army, or Department of Defense.

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Proliferation of Targeted Killing:

On November 16th, 2016, the Middle East Institute held their 70th Annual Conference, covering “Foreign Policy in the Middle East for the Trump Administration.”  One of the panelists, Dr. James Zogby, commented on the campaign rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump.  He believed one should, “Never judge a President on what he says he’s going to do, but rather by the reaction to the circumstances he steps into as the realities of the world unfolds
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Global Salafi-Jihadism Ideology: The “Soft Power” of the Enemy

Salafis, while united in the tenets which make up their ideology, are often divided on the execution of their vision.  The division consists of three camps which their community of adherents span the spectrum of methods to propagate and enforce the creed and pure form of Islam.
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Threat to the United States Homeland: Internet Propaganda and Planners Inspiring Individual Jihad

Since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s declaration of the Islamic caliphate on July 3rd, 2014, the intelligence community estimates approximately 30,000 foreign fighters emigrated from their homeland to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. However, the spigot of foreign fighters flocking to the caliphate has since been largely shut down, causing the jihadi terrorist organization to alter its global messaging, specifically to new recruits within the Sunni Muslim ummah [community]
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The False Hope of Coexistence: Why Conflict Will Persist Because of Global Jihadists

Only days prior to his death, Thomas Jefferson penned one of his final letters on June 24th, 1826. He responded to Roger Weightman, the mayor of DC who invited him to attend the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Though his health prohibited his attendance, it did not prevent him from reflecting on the decisions the founding fathers of the United States made in the earliest moments of our country when the ideas they believed in were merely an untested theory.
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