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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While this article provides an overview of Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s HUMINT, it is important to acknowledge that there are many different types of intelligence.

The fundamental problem at the heart of the Doctrine 2015 effort was this attempt to rebuild within a few years what had previously taken generations to assemble.

Leadership and ideology seem to be practically immune to drone strikes; hence making them a "super bug" that is not deterred by threats of strikes or undermined by actual kinetic strikes.

Despite criticism from pundits, President Santos has pragmatically led Colombia through a difficult era, and currently has it poised to reach a lasting internal peace.

An AAR can do more than simply identify simplistic lessons learned in training or on the battlefield - it is an opportunity to develop a more cohesive team.

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"A relentless stream of tanks, ballistic missiles, and goose-stepping soldiers paraded into Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Thursday in a massive display of military strength."

What’s the Greatest Threat to U.S. National Security? New York Times Room for Debate, Five Op-Ed pieces.

"Reading political science can usefully complicate and enrich practitioners’ thinking about how the world works."

"Why, after 14 years of spilling blood and treasure, is Afghanistan still mired in turmoil? Because its success is nobody's top priority."

“To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe.”