“Terrorism should be considered a valuable tactic when it is used to put to death some noted leader of the oppressing forces well known for his cruelty, his efficiency in repression, or other quality that makes his elimination useful. But the killing of persons of small importance is never advisable, since it brings on an increase of reprisals, including deaths.”

-- Ernesto Che Guevara, Guerrilla Warfare

"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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Do we actually know much about drone strikes' political effects? No.

In an era of expanding popular engagement and attention to foreign conflicts, a strategic appreciation of people-centric dimensions is more important now than ever.

FID is failing now.  The solution is to create a mid-career SOF FID specialization for SOF Officers.

Mad Scientist # 15: As an Army “Mad Scientist”, I am both intellectually mad and emotionally mad about the armor/force protection topic.

The chances the government’s ongoing peace negotiations with FARC will end with the guerrillas morphing into a political party willing and participating in the democratic process are iffy.

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The “Mortal Moment” - that moment when an Infantryman is shot at for the first time and responds appropriately.

"Consisting of public opinion warfare, psychological warfare, and legal warfare, the three warfares have been critical components of China’s strategic approach in the South China Sea."

“The DoD and Air Force do not have quality information on the full implications of A-10 divestment, including gaps that could be created by divestment and mitigation options.”

"What’s focusing the minds of U.S. Army leaders right now is the fear that they will be in a major war within five years."

"Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict."