Morgan Smiley

Morgan Smiley is a retired US Army officer currently working in Saudi Arabia.

A reduced U.S. military footprint around the world coupled with an increase in state and non-state threats has forced us to reconsider our strategy and posture.

“Small Wars Journal” is known for some serious discussions about wars big and small, analysis of strategy, tactics, firefights in deserts, mountains, jungles, yadda, yadda…

I still wish I could’ve done more but I did what I could given the time, resources, and understanding (by our leaders) available.  I say this in order to share the following.

Our foreign policy will favor “show-of-force” theatrics designed to reinforce the image of US engagement but with an eye towards exploiting opportunities for American businesses.

Shrinking defense budgets in the face of continuing, even growing, threats will require new ways of addressing the need to protect mutual interests.

A recent National Defense University article titled “Rapid Regeneration of Irregular Warfare Capacity” identifies some pitfalls with the elimination of irregular warfare capability.