Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson is a retired Marine Corps Colonel who has been a civilian advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

A quarter of a century ago four Marine Corps officers and a civilian military analyst wrote a piece for the Marine Corps Gazette on something they called Fourth Generation Warfare.

This month marks the twentieth anniversary of the Battle of the Black Sea Market, better known by its movie name “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia.

There is a popular narrative regarding Somalia that no successful humanitarian operation can be conducted there. Like all narratives, this one exists to tell a complex story in simple terms; as...

The Closers Part VI: Dealing with the U.S. Military by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full Article: Dealing with the U.S. Military Many of the civilians who gravitate to counterinsurgency (COIN)...

The Closers Part V: Mentoring Host Nation Interagency Operations by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full Article: Mentoring Host Nation Interagency Operations Governments get in trouble when they...

The Closers, Part IV: Civilians in the Build Phase by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full Article: Civilians in the Build Phase "You Americans should not leave. Iraqis are incapable of governing...