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Authors List

A.C. Hall (1)
Matthew Saintsing (1)
Nilanthan Niruthan (1)
Joseph J. Collins (1)
Ehsan Ahrari (1)
Byron Ramirez (1)
Paul Avallone (1)
Richard Lee-Smith (1)
Jade Wu (1)
John Oliver Jr. (1)
Jeanne McDonnell (1)
Daniel Rice (1)
Jeong Lee (1)
Hamid Lellou (1)
Michael McBride (1)
James “Jamie” E. Hayes III (1)
Dennis P. Chapman (1)
Jeff Collins (2)
Scott Kesterson (1)
Geoffrey Demarest (4)
Christopher Jenks (1)
Butch Bracknell and Adam Tharp (1)
Christopher Johnston (1)
George Fust (1)
Robert Sharp (1)
Fahad Malaikah (1)
Scott Forster (27)
Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney (1)
Nayef Al-Rodhan (1)
Stan Wiechnik (2)
Joe Byerly (21)
Stephen Hindes (1)
Kevin Benson (1)
Mike Grater (1)
John C. Hale (1)
Mark Ulrich (1)
Ranjit Singh (1)
Jacob Westerberg (1)
Jeremiah Foxwell (1)
Darrell Fawley (1)
Roxanne E. Bras (1)
Khirin A. Bunker (1)
The DEF2013 Board (1)
Jill S. Russell (3)
Mark Phillips (1)
Johnny Lairsey (1)
Arnold Hammari (2)
TJ Waters (1)
Robert Almonte (1)
Carol E. B. Choksy (1)
Jamsheed K. Choksy (1)
Jerry Meyerle (1)
LtGen Robert B. Neller (2)
Jason B. Nicholson (1)
Joseph Trevithick (1)
Brian Woolworth (1)
LtGen Robert B. Neller (1)
Kevin Brown (1)
John A. Bertetto (1)
Keith Nightingale (9)
Karen J. Dill (1)
R. Chandler Swallow (1)
Stephen Tucker (1)
Audrey Kurth Cronin (1)
Nathan P. Jones (3)
Joshua S. Jones (1)
J. Michael Barrett (1)
MG Jeff W. Mathis III (1)
Somdeep Sen and Salem B.S. Dandan (1)
David C. Eckley (1)
David L. Wilcox (1)
Matthew Hipple (2)
Butch Bracknell (4)
Charles G. Kels (2)
Johnny Lairsey (1)
Inge Fryklund (1)
Sterling Jensen (1)
Robert Sharp (2)
Gabriel Lajeunesse (1)
Jeffrey Payne and Chris Chapman (1)
Don Gomez (1)
Paul Rexton Kan (1)
Matthew Schweitzer (1)
A.A. Cohen (1)
Joan Johnson-Freese (2)
Adam Jungdahl (1)
David Kuhn (1)
Adam Geibel (2)
Stan Coerr (1)
Douglas Macgregor (1)
GEN Robert W. Cone (1)
Michael Christman (1)
Anonymous Fighter Pilot (1)
Gary K. Busch (1)
Charles A. Flynn (1)
Chris Davis (1)
David Wise (1)
Pascale Combelles Siegel (1)
Dan Cox (1)
Paul Smyth (1)
Michael L. Burgoyne (1)
Peter J. Munson (97)
William Anderson (1)
Ali Hayat (1)
Sven Ortmann (1)
Dave Duffy (1)
Michael Martinez (1)
Bob Weimann (1)
Robert Tollast (1)
Donald "Ray" Greene (1)
Ryan T. Kranc (1)
Robert C. Jones (2)
Adam Elkus (5)
Tristan Hoffmann (1)
Jason Howk (1)
Philipp Reichert (1)
James Moran (1)
Daniel R. DePetris (2)
Sid Heal (1)
Paul Olsen (2)
Doctrine Man (1)
Roy F. Houchin II (1)
Gene C. Kamena (1)
Barry M. Stentiford (1)
Philip Ulrich (1)
David Kuhn (5)
Brandt Smith (1)
Ed Judd (1)
David Abel (1)
Peter Van Buren (1)
Matthew Irvine (1)
Alejandro M. Sueldo (3)
Matthew Partridge (1)
Don Gomez (1)
Teun van Dongen (2)
Nic Jenzen-Jones (2)
Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong (2)
Erich Simmers (1)
Michael Murray (2)
Robert Farley (1)
Patrick McKinney (1)
Avinash Paliwal (1)
Morgan Smiley (6)
Garrett Wood (3)
Brock Dahl (1)
Nathan Springer (1)
Ryan Kennedy (1)
Andrew Shaver (2)
JR Hand (1)
EJ Hogendoorn (1)
Diane Maye (1)
Michael Yon (4)
David S. Maxwell (11)
Gian Gentile (5)
Robert Bunker (121)
Bill Caldwell (10)
Gary Anderson (14)
Youssef Aboul-Enein (23)
Crispin Burke (24)
Dr. Jack (5)
Mike Few (63)
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Robert Haddick (342)
Bing West (23)
Robert Bateman (13)
Bill Nagle (4)
Octavian Manea (3)
Jonathan Morgenstein (1)
Niel Smith (9)
Marc Tyrrell (7)
Martin Dempsey (9)
Dave Kilcullen (15)
Janine Davidson (4)
John A. Nagl (17)
Ken White (2)
Frank Hoffman (15)
Paul Yingling (5)
TX Hammes (1)
Eric Walters (3)
Bob Killebrew (2)
Huba Wass de Czege (2)
John P. Sullivan (16)
Rob Thornton (2)
Jim Guirard (10)
Malcolm Nance (7)
Pete Mansoor (1)
William McCallister (8)
Dave Dilegge (1076)
Josh Manchester (3)
Ken White (1)
Bruce Gudmundsson (2)

Author Bios

A.C. Hall

A.C. Hall is a member of the special operations community currently deployed in support of overseas contingency operations. He wrote this article in order to encourage tactical leaders to think outside the box and innovate during current operations.

Matthew Saintsing

Matthew Saintsing is a summer research assistant at Open Society Foundations. He holds an M.A. in political science from Ohio University, and served 6 years in the U.S. Army as a signals intelligence analyst deploying twice to Iraq.

Nilanthan Niruthan

Nilanthan Niruthan is a security analyst and researcher currently involved with the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Colombo. He is the co-editor of two upcoming publications on counterinsurgency and security in South Asia.

Joseph J. Collins

Joseph J. Collins --- a retired Army Colonel and a former Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense--- is the Director of the Center for Complex Operations, at the National Defense University (NDU).  He and his colleagues are currently studying the strategic lessons of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The opinions his articles and essays are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of his colleagues, NDU, the Department of Defense, or any other government agency.  

Ehsan Ahrari

Ehsan Ahrari, PhD, is an independent defense consultant and a specialist in Great Power relations and transnational security. He has 20 years of experience teaching in various senior military educational institutions, including the US Air War College, Joint Forces Staff College of the National Defense University, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu, HI). He has consulted with and briefed top officials of USCENTCOM and USPACOM. His latest book on Great Power relations is The Great Powers versus the Hegemon (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).

Byron Ramirez

Byron Ramirez is an analyst who specializes in international political and economic affairs.  He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics and Political Science at Claremont Graduate University and holds an M.A. in Economics, a M.S. in Management, and an MBA.  His areas of research include geopolitics, globalization, economic and social development, and informal economies. His most recent publication is the co-edited work Narco Armor: Improvised Armored Fighting Vehicles in Mexico. Fort Leavenworth, KS: U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Office.

Paul Avallone

Paul Avallone was a Green Beret and then a freelance war correspondent who operated in Afghanistan for three years. Avallone says that to wage war, one must be willing to achieve complete victory. He feels skeptical that the American public would allow the armed services to employ the tactics it would take to result in a true victory. He views the attempt of fighting a war ethically to be a contradiction and thus doomed to fail.

Richard Lee-Smith

Richard Lee-Smith covers Afghanistan policy (Second Secretary, South and Central Asia) at the British Embassy, Washington D.C.

Jade Wu

Jade Wu is a former rule of law advisor in Afghanistan. A foreign policy analyst, author, and lawyer, she has worked on humanitarian assignments in Iraq, Kosovo, Philippines, Germany, and Malawi. Currently she is writing her book with the working title, Moments That Flashed. Follow her: @jadejournal.

John Oliver Jr.

John Oliver Jr. has served in Armor, Cavalry, and Recruiting formations and is currently working on issues of character and the Army Ethic.

Jeanne McDonnell

Captain Jeanne McDonnell (ret.) served in the U.S. Navy on active duty for over 25 years. Assignments included command of Naval Support Activity Norfolk and Transient Personnel Unit Norfolk, and service on the Joint Staff, Navy Staff, Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, and Joint Forces Staff College.

Daniel Rice

Daniel Rice is a West Point graduate and Kellogg MBA with expertise in US National Security interests with experience investing in energy, agriculture and water.  He served for two years in uniform in the Army in the Tigris River Valley, one in Iraq and one in Eastern Turkey.   He is the President of SunDial Capital Partners and has traveled extensively throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and most of the Middle East as an investor.  He is also an award-winning author and was awarded the Purple Heart after being hit by a roadside bomb while traveling to a meeting with Iraqis to discuss…agriculture, energy and water.

Jeong Lee

Jeong Lee is a freelance writer and an MA candidate in International Security Studies Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His writings on U.S. defense policy issues and inter-Korean affairs have appeared on various online publications including the Small Wars Journal.

Hamid Lellou

Hamid Lellou is a linguist and MENA Region Cultural Analyst.

Michael McBride

Michael McBride, a graduate of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, is a former Ranger and Army Infantry Officer who deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He currently works as a consultant for Department of Defense.  The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone.