“I think there are usually four causes of breakdowns in moral character—ignorance, uncertainty, fear, or combat trauma. It is important to understand the effects of those four factors on an organization and then educate soldiers about what we expect of them. We need leaders who have physical and mental courage on the battlefield, of course, but also the courage to speak their minds and offer respectful and candid feedback to their superiors. Our leaders can’t feel compelled to tell their bosses what they want to hear.”

-- H.R. McMaster

"Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation."

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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Despite the growing emphasis on megacity contingencies, many question the premise of U.S. participation in megacity conflict.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #31: Use of Burreros to Scale and Lift Up Border Fencing

This paper presents a vision of future warfare by extrapolating technological trends and uniting them under an operational concept.

This paper explores the complexity surrounding the Syrian Civil War, current legislation that exists regarding cyber-warfare and ethics of cyber-attacks.

Scholar and war correspondent Bernard Fall liked to gather information about combat in the field, near the front lines, where the fighting was going on - and he had done a lot of it.

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The Iraqi government announced Saturday that it would temporarily halt the battle to re-take Mosul from IS jihadists after reports emerged of heavy civilian casualties.

Continue on for information concerning the conference and updates on Libya, Somalia and ISIS in Africa.

A dubious badge of honor, less for skill than experience. Hard won, but never desired. Awarded with the greatest of merit and impossible to refuse.

"For military planners, the appeal of concrete barriers during an urban COIN campaign is clear."

Secretary of State Tillerson: "Degradation of ISIS is not the end goal. We must defeat ISIS".