War on the Rocks

War on the Rocks is a platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. It features articles and podcasts produced by an array of writers with deep experience in these matters: top notch scholars who study war, those who have served or worked in war zones, and more than a few who have done it all.

"At first glance, unconventional warfare appears to provide the ideal solution to many of the problems the administration faced with prolonged occupation and counterinsurgency campaigns."

“A Westerner with extensive on-the-ground experience in Syria and Iraq tackles conventional Western views of the civil wars in Iraq and Syria and proposes a dramatic rethinking.”

“Wargames must be designed well and used appropriately. For decision-makers with limited wargaming experience, this can be a daunting challenge.”

“As we consider the future of irregular warfare, we must fundamentally rethink our approach to the historical case studies that have stood at the center of American COIN since 2007.”

“There are two sins in evaluating development projects. The first is asking the wrong question. The second is drawing the wrong conclusion.”

"There are six rules in wargame design. JFCOM batted a thousand in violating all of them."