“We tend to be good as a reactive power when we see a threat. But we are not good at strategically shaping factors that take time to build. Today’s Iraq has become a microcosm of the struggle that you see throughout the region as whole: the politicization of smaller identities.”

-- Zalmay Khalilzad

"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 ISIS releasing a map identifying areas where the Caliphate will be established in Asia, its ability to do so is substantially limited.

This paper was developed through the TRADOC G-2 Mad Scientist E-Intern Pilot in 2016.

Proxy selection in Syria will have a profound impact on the post-war political order: who wins, who loses, and how they govern.

If countering VNSAs such as ISIL will be a long-term campaign, we will need long-term goals and objectives.

The differences in how Mao, Guevara, and Al Qaeda tailored their approaches to suit the unique needs of the rebellions they led and the strategic environments in which they fought.

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U.S. officials are warning of Islamic State’s ability to inspire violent deeds around the world without commanding or having any direct contact with terrorists.

“After a series of terrorist attacks on hotels and other tourist sites that raised concerns all across Africa, the United States has increased training exercises with militaries here.”

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"From the outside, U.S. Special Operations Command’s latest attempt to find and test the best technology for its operators looks like one more downtown storefront here."

New York Times Op-Ed by Vietnam War veterans John Kerry, John McCain and Bob Kerry.