- A Modest Proposal by Keith Nightingale
A bit of ‘with tongue in cheek’ from SWJ’s resident Godfather and official cranky old man.
- South Korea’s Overseas Peacekeeping Activities – Part I: The History and Current Status by Korea Economic Institute’s The Peninsula
"It is expected that South Korea’s contribution to overseas peacekeeping missions will play a more critical role in contributing to international peace and security."
- Macro-criminalidad: Complejidad y Resiliencia de las Redes Criminales (Spanish Edition) by Robert Bunker
A Vortex Foundation and Small Wars Journal--El Centro Book.
- Snapping Up Cheap Spy Tools, Nations 'Monitoring Everyone' by Associated Press
“Except for blacklisted nations like Syria and North Korea, there is little to stop governments that routinely violate basic rights from obtaining so-called ‘lawful intercept’ tools .”
- Islamic State Tries to Trigger 'War of Religions' in the West; Pope Francis a Target by Voice of America
IS is inciting supporters to mount more attacks on Christians just days after two of the terror group’s sympathizers slit the throat of an 85-year-old French priest as he was...
- Training Ukraine: Turning a Soviet Army Into a Modern Force by U.S. News & World Report
"In the years after the collapse of the Soviet empire, the need diminished in Ukraine and elsewhere for a state-of-the-art army following Western promises."
- How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers by The New York Times
“A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined IS reveals the workings of a unit whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world.”
- Mad Scientist Conference: Strategic Security Environment 2050 by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Continue on for information on the upcoming U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Mad Scientist Conference (includes info on the live stream).
- Mad Scientist Initiative: Information Video by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Continue on for a Mad Scientist Initiative information video.
- USASOC - Unconventional Warfare Pocket Guide (w/ Updated Link) by SWJ Editors
Continue on for a summary and a link to download the US Army Special Operations Command’s UW Pocket Guide.
- Russia’s Superior New Weapons by The Washington Post
“Ukraine had become Russia’s means for showcasing what might happen if we ever fought a firepower-intensive battle against it.”
- Europe’s Terror Subsidies by The Wall Street Journal
“The Continent’s jihadists plot attacks while on the dole.”
- Military Success in Syria Gives Putin Upper Hand in U.S. Proxy War by The New York Times
“Russia has won the proxy war, at least for now.”
- American Authorities Fear Terror Networks Already in U.S. by Voice of America
After years of undercover work, the U.S. is starting to pull back the veil on what appear to be loose-knit, perhaps deeply rooted networks of would-be terrorists.
- The Arrest of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Officer by James Sheehan
Governments should double down on this unfortunate incident and encourage police departments to highlight the positive contributions of Muslim officers.
- Balancing Mexico’s Economy and Its Drug War by William Rothrock and The Modern War Institute
Dumping large sums of money into solutions that have provided no relief will only weaken the current state.
- The Pool by Keith Nightingale
Every Grunt has a well of courage that is drawn upon as he moves through his tour. It is a pool that resides in us all.
- Army’s ‘Mad Scientist’ Initiative Looks at Future Differently by Army News Service
TRADOC’s commander challenged military, industry and academic leaders attending the Mad Scientist Conference at Georgetown University to think differently about the future.
- ‘They Will Kill Us’: Afghan Translators Plead for Delayed U.S. Visas by The New York Times
“We’ve really been trying to reinforce the fact to Afghans that we are committed to you, and this gives the enemy some propaganda to say, ‘Hey, these people really aren’t...
- The Myth of a U.S. Military ‘Readiness’ Crisis by The Wall Street Journal
“For those concerned that America’s military is in decline or somehow not up to the next challenge, we offer a few reassuring facts.”
- Many Americans Fighting in Iraq, Syria Are Foes of IS by Voice of America
More than half the men and women who have left the U.S. to join the conflict in Iraq and Syria may actually be battling against the Islamic State instead of...
- Fears Mount of Full-Scale Ukraine-Russia Clash by Voice of America
Tensions are increasing, not only in the Donbas but on the Ukraine-Crimea frontier following the off-and-on closure over the weekend of all three border crossings by Russia.
- House Republicans Find Centcom Produced Overly Upbeat Intelligence on Islamic State by The Washington Post
An investigation has found that the U.S. military’s Central Command regularly produced intelligence that distorted the results of the campaign against the Islamic State.
- With ISIS on the Run, New Wars Could Erupt in Iraq by The Washington Post
"The defeat of the IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq, at least in terms of territory, is on the horizon. And so too are new problems and potentially new conflicts."
- Small Wars Journal—El Centro Associate Irina Chindea Finishes Doctorate Requirements by SWJ Editors
A huge SWJ BZ to Irina A. Chindea.
- The 10,000 Kidnapped Boys of Boko Haram by The Wall Street Journal
“The militant group has forced thousands to become child jihadists. As many escape, Nigeria wonders what to do with them.”
- The Challenge In Mosul Won’t Be To Defeat The Islamic State. It Will Be What Comes After. by The Washington Post
"There is no question that the Islamic State will be defeated in Mosul; the real question is what comes afterward."
- Mad Scientist With a Crystal Ball: The Army of 2050 by Defense News
"Let’s set our sights on 2050: what will the strategic security environment look like then?"
- What They Carried by Keith Nightingale
They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs, watches and dog tags, insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid...
- What Defines the Profession of Arms? by Mark Gilchrist
The nature and character of war is not only the most important concept for the profession of arms, it also the central understanding upon which the profession thrives or fails.
- Promises Unfulfilled: How a State Department Plan to Stabilize Iraq Broke Apart by The Washington Post
Iraq would see a “robust civilian presence,” Clinton told reporters afterward, summing up the Obama administration’s pledges to Maliki. “We are working to achieve that.”
- More Sights, Sounds and Senses by Keith Nightingale
The smell of the issue facility as you move through. There is a lot of old stuff here. Your first night in country. Will you know the last?
- Why the Pentagon Sees Recaptured Syrian City as a Template for Battling the Islamic State by The Washington Post
"The recapture of an Islamic State stronghold in Syria will serve as a model for future U.S.-backed operations there."
- 2016 CSS-US Army TRADOC Mad Scientist Conference at the Georgetown University Center for Security Studies by Georgetown University Center for Security Studies, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and SWJ Editors
Couldn’t make the 2016 Mad Scientist Conference? Continue on for the video presentations.
- DoD’s 9 Combatant Commands: What They Are, What They Do by DoD News
If you’re in the military, you know what the “cocoms,” or combatant commands, are. But for those who might be new to the Defense Department or who work outside of...
- Dimming Hope for Afghan Translators by The New York Times
"The nation’s rancorous debate over immigration policy has greatly diminished the chances of citizenship for a small group of people who have done a great service to the US."
- DLA Land and Maritime Hosts 2016 Supplier Conference and Expo; DoD and Industry Leaders Converge on Downtown Columbus by SWJ Editors
The Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime is hosting its 2016 Supplier Conference and Expo Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 at the downtown Columbus Convention Center.
- Explaining the Obama Administration Overlooking Iran’s Cheating on the Nuke Deal by Masoud Kazemzadeh
President Obama made a huge gamble. The evidence clearly shows that he lost the gamble.
- Remembering Long Tan: Australian Army Operations in South Vietnam 1966–1971 by The Strategist
"The 50th anniversary of Long Tan reminds most Australians that despite winning that iconic high intensity battle, the Australians and New Zealanders lost the Vietnam War."
- Bracing for a Long Road in the South China Sea Dispute by Voice of America
US ships and planes refuse to recognize China's maritime territorial claims, conducting freedom of navigation patrols that largely ignore warnings from Chinese commanders to vacate the area.
- A Great Man Has Passed by Keith Nightingale
Yesterday a good and great man died-Gen Jack Vessey. If any senior officer could be included in the Grunt Hall of Fame or in the Best Person Hall of Honor...
- President Ronald Reagan’s Remarks at a Farewell Ceremony for General John W. Vessey, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by SWJ Editors
Farewell Ceremony for General John W. Vessey, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, September 30, 1985.
- New Commander Will Increase Tempo of US Operations in Conclusive Stage of ISIS Fight by The Washington Post
"The United States will increase the tempo of operations in support of ground forces in Iraq and Syria as they prepare to tackle the Islamic State’s twin capital cities."
- Social Media in the Military: Opportunities, Perils and a Safe Middle Path by Grounded Curiosity
"This paper reviews the rationale for the use of social media in the military."
- General Robert Scales On The Steep Price Paid By America’s Infantry by Task & Purpose
“Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales talks about what happens when we don’t prioritize the needs of the infantry.”
- Initial Findings of the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Task Force on U.S. Central Command Intelligence Analysis by SWJ Editors
Continue on for the Executive Summary and a link to the full report.
- The ISIS War Has a New Commander and ISIS May Be the Least of His Worries by Military Times
“It’s going to be a long year for Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend and his mission might be the toughest one yet.”
- Mad Scientist Conference: The 2050 Cyber Army Information Paper by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Information on the upcoming Mad Scientist Conference to be held at USMA 13-14 September at Thayer Hall, with a specific focus on generating and employing the 2050 Cyber Army.
- They Know Our Pain by Nicole Heydari
What captivated me the most was the unique bond between U.S. Special Forces and local Afghan security teams, who risked everything for their families and communities.
- US Army War College Parameters Summer 2016 Issue Now Online by Parameters
Continue on for links to individual articles and departments.
- Washington’s Sunni Myth and the Middle East Undone by War on the Rocks
“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.”
- CTC Sentinel - August 2016 Issue Now Online by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
Continue on for links to the August 2016 issue of the CTC Sentinel.
- The Hard March to Mosul: A Frontline Report by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
"Iraq’s highly fissiparous military and militia landscape maintains a common enemy but not a common cause."
- Islamic State Prepares to Fight a War From the Shadows by Voice of America
While IS fighters there are expected to battle to the very end, the group’s best and most effective forces most likely will not be among them.
- Mad Scientist: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas Compendium by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and SWJ Editors
Continue on for an introduction and a download link for the Mad Scientist: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas Compendium.
- Colombia and FARC Announce Deal to End the Americas’ Longest War by The New York Times
"Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict."
- U.S. Army Fears Major War Likely Within Five Years -- But Lacks The Money To Prepare by Forbes
"What’s focusing the minds of U.S. Army leaders right now is the fear that they will be in a major war within five years."
- GAO: Air Force Doesn’t Grasp Implications of its Own A-10 Warthog Decisions by National Defense
“The DoD and Air Force do not have quality information on the full implications of A-10 divestment, including gaps that could be created by divestment and mitigation options.”
- The PLA’s Latest Strategic Thinking on the Three Warfares by The Jamestown Foundation
"Consisting of public opinion warfare, psychological warfare, and legal warfare, the three warfares have been critical components of China’s strategic approach in the South China Sea."
- Mortal Moment by Keith Nightingale
The “Mortal Moment” - that moment when an Infantryman is shot at for the first time and responds appropriately.
- A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories by The New York Times
"Putin has invested heavily in a program of 'weaponized' information, using a variety of means to sow doubt and division."
- U.S., European Military Advisers Work to Boost Lagging Afghan Combat Readiness by The Washington Post
“For Afghan infantry troops who bear the brunt of the war, just getting enough food, rest and ammunition can be a challenge on long deployments.”
- Congress, National Security and Rockets – Continuing Battle by John Mosbey
As usual, some elements in Congress have agreed to re-make the world to fit its peculiar notion that reality, in the end, will conform to Congressional perspective.
- Terrorist and Insurgent Teleoperated Sniper Rifles and Machine Guns by SWJ Editors
“This data set consists of twenty-one teleoperated weapons systems used by terrorist and insurgent groups.”
- CNAS Releases New Report on Digital Resiliency and Warfare by The Center for a New American Security
Continue on to read the introduction and to download the full report.
- The Bush by Keith Nightingale
The Bush is ugly and beautiful at the same time. The Bush is forever.
- Philippines Peace Process: Duterte Playing For High Stakes by The Interpreter
“Duterte is making good on his campaign promise to push the process forward. But there is less clarity now than there was at the end of last year.”
- “Mad Scientist”: TRADOC G-2 Says Army Will Augment Navy, Air Force in Future Conflicts by Army News Service
The G-2 said he can foresee a time in the near future when Army ground-based systems will be used to create favorable conditions for the Navy and the Air Force.
- Does Killing Terrorist Leaders Make Any Difference? Scholars Are Doubtful by The New York Times
“Scholars have struggled to find evidence that killing leaders is an effective way to dismantle terrorist organizations, instead finding ample evidence that it makes little difference.”
- President Obama Should Pardon General David Petraeus by The Washington Times
“Obama’s second chances shouldn’t be just for common convicts.”
- Adding Rigor to Stability and Reconstruction Operations: An MWI Report by The Modern War Institute
Stability operations require careful targeting, design, implementation, and evaluation.