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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To achieve relative stability in Afghanistan we need to adopt a long-term, small-footprint, Remote Area Foreign Internal Defense (FID) strategy.

The armed forces of the Caliphate have finally resolved most of the issues left unresolved when the Iraqis wrote their constitution in 2005.

The influence of family, ethnic and religious-based networks is an important component of the Nigerian political and social landscape.

The assassinations of high profile Muslim clerics in Mombasa over a period of two years has elevated that coastal city’s status as a critical battleground in Kenya’s war on terror.

Military operations in an urban area are not normally thought of as a “Small Wars” concern, yet they are an important capability that will remain relevant.

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"This monograph demonstrates that a combination of high quantity and high quality USSOF engagement bolstered Colombian capacity."

A simple exercise may offer leaders an azimuth for creating a culture of mission command, and give subordinates the buy-in required to make it happen.

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