Morgan Smiley

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

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.

Special Forces and CIA FID advisors certainly have their place.  But the development of staff capabilities can be better supported by conventional troops.

The recent National Security Strategy (NSS) as well as events unfolding in Iraq may point the way for what we will see in the years to come and how we can expect to deal with it.

The Pacific may be the preferred focus of the US government, but the Middle East seems to be the preferred focus of US industry.  Perhaps there is something to the maxim “Business is war...

Like it or not, we are the modern equivalent of the empire upon which the sun never sets with the responsibilities that go with it.