Brett A. Friedman

Captain Brett A. Friedman is a field artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps and editor of the book 21st Century Ellis: Operational Art and Strategic Prophecy for the Modern Era from Naval Institute Press. Views expressed herein do not represent the views of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, or the United States Marine Corps.

Few have looked at jihadi groups in the context of classical military strategy but perhaps surprisingly the jihadis themselves view their ideas through exactly that lens.

Could Smedley dig his trenches today?