Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation.

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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Schizophrenic Doctrine: Why We Need to Separate Democratization Out of Stability and COIN Doctrine

By assessing individual megacities through this framework, the Army can better understand how it might operate as part of a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational force.

What we propose is unique, demanding, immersive, and fills a necessary gap.  This article is a condensed form of a more detailed analysis and description of the proposed Army Cyber Leader Course.

The proper question is not what helicopter should the Army be using today, but rather what should the Army be developing for tomorrow.

Calling “Team Yankee”: Why the U.S. Needs Heavy Armor Back in Europe

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A Letter to the West Point Class of 2014: No Combat Patch? That’s No Problem! By Major Crispin Burke, Best Defense

Many of you have by now have at least heard of, if not read, William S. Lind’s latest, “An Officer Corps That Can’t Score.”

Landpower Update: Addressing Unrestricted Warfare While Energizing Our Alies and the Masses

Yemen drone war update via CNN and Reuters.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the updated Texas Gang Threat Assessment.