The Modern War Institute

The Modern War Institute (MWI) is a research center at West Point devoted to the rigorous study of contemporary conflict by convening interdisciplinary panels and speaker forums, providing rigorous policy-relevant research, and educating our future leaders on how to win on the modern battlefield.

“Problems stem from a common cause—the lack of a framework that helps us both to conceptualize cities and to map the effects on those cities of military operations in them.”

Daniel R. Green, “In the Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban” (Naval Institute Press, 2017)

“The Army continues to fight in cities and must prepare for all aspects of urban warfare.”

Current doctrine does not address the unique fabric of crowded urban areas of operation, though ongoing research aims to address these shortfalls.

“Yet, still, we don’t read doctrine. Why? Well, it’s complicated.”

“Continuing down a path of overly ambitious and unrealistic advising initiatives, coupled with restricted advising divorced from tactical realities will guarantee that we will lose.”