“The art of coalition command - whether it is here in Afghanistan, whether it was in Iraq or in Bosnia or in Haiti - is to take the resources you are provided with, understand what the strengths and weaknesses are and to employ them to the best overall effect.”

-- David Petraeus

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-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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By mapping the historical development of FARC’s political agenda, this paper addresses how the 2016 Peace Agreement supports facets of the FARC’s political strategy.

This is a draft chapter from a military design book project that the author is working on pursuant to his doctoral degree completion.

This paper provides a survey of lessons learned on military roles in stabilization and reconstruction based on experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeks to highlight actions still required.

There were a number of serious problems with the Navy SEAL raid on the 29th of January in Yemen, but at least we know it happened.

How are our allies going to determine what policies to accept or reject, and for how long, as members of the American alliance system?

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"As the Pentagon looks for new ways to reach out to Silicon Valley, some unexpected characters are getting a shot at the action."

Small Wars Journal / El Centro’s latest book, Jihadi Terrorism, Insurgency, and the Islamic State, is now available at Amazon.

Burning buildings. Criminals and gunfire. Common definitions. Climbing upstairs at WTC when all others are going down. A common image.

The four are John Bolton, H. R. McMaster, Robert L. Caslen Jr., and Keith Kellogg.

“The International Center for the Study of Radicalization study estimates that the group's revenue has fallen by about 50 percent over the past two years.”