Considering an active cyber defense.
How the Pentagon resisted change and needed disruption to enact life-saving programs in the face of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Robert Sharp takes a look at the war rhetoric and the youth of Iran and America and urges us to give peace a chance with Iran.
"Bring It On" Worked
by James R. Van de Velde
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Through accident or design, mostly through accident and blunt trauma, the war in Iraq was brutal, costly in...
"Mr. Gates Doth Protest Too Much"
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Mr. Gates continued his farewell tour with a strong speech at the Air Force Academy last...
"Napoleonic Know-How" in an Age of Persistent Engagement
by Douglas Batson, Al Di Leonardo, Christopher K. Tucker
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"Partnership 'Till it Hurts"
The Use of Fusion Cells to Establish Unity of Effort Between SOF (Yin) and Conventional Forces (Yang)
by Captain Paul Lushenko
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"Penny Wise, Pound Foolish"
by Dr. Tammy S. Schultz
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"Efficiencies" is the new Washington watchword as U.S government departments, agencies, and...
"Right Tech" Solutions for USAF Security Force Assistance
by Mike Lydon
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For the USAF, Airpower and SFA is a ticket out of constant...
"The COIN Warrior" Waging Influence
Hints for the Counterinsurgency (COIN) Strategy in Afghanistan
by Sean McKenna and Russell Hampsey
ISAFCAAT-E Memorandum Special to Small Wars Journal
"To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace." -Calgacus, Chieftan of the Caledonian Confederacy
'Holding' for Companies and Platoons in Counterinsurgency
by George R. Dimitriu
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In August 2010, the Dutch...
'What's Happening In Basra?'
by Paul Smyth
Small Wars Journal Magazine
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The recent Iraqi military operation in Basra has generated much speculation in media...
19th Century Strategy and its Applicability to Insurgent Warfare
by Dr. Geoffrey Demarest, Small Wars Journal
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Thirty years ago, on 2 April 1982, Argentine forces occupied the Falkland Islands. Matt Ince looks at the issues that still brew there.
800 Words on the Last Year in Afghanistan
by Major General Nick Carter, British Army
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The last year has seen significant change in...
Anything that distances, atomizes or alienates people - technology, bureaucracy, security - defeats the purpose of public diplomacy.
A Backyard Challenge
by Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Small Wars Journal
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While President Barak Obama's meetings in Mexico in mid-April resulted in several promising...
Unlike a certain mathematical solution counterinsurgency is a laden with human error and complexity.
A Battalion's Employment of "The Elements of National Power"
by LtCol Robert R. Scott
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A Better Understanding of the Vietnam War
by Colonel Gian Gentile
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Thanks to Senator Kerry for his excellent and very accurate...
A Better, Bad Choice
by Richard M. Wrona, Jr.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is a modern-day nightmare. After more than a decade of conflict, the...
Will Mexico’s admittance into the Trans-Pacific Partnership create an even more empowered global criminal network?
Without the funds we have enjoyed for the last decade, we have to increase our emphasis on maximizing the efficiency of military spending.
Attacks against Mexican government officials, law enforcement, and political institutions by drug cartels, fall neatly into the Fourth Generation Warfare paradigm.
Address the issue now before it becomes a crisis.
A Combined Arms Response to Death of the Armor Corps
by Major James Smith and Major James Harbridge
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Since the emergence...
A Comprehensive Approach to Improving US Security Force Assistance Efforts
by Lieutenant Colonel Theresa Baginski, Colonel Brian Clark, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Donovan, Ms Karma Job, Lieutenant...
A Comprehensive Approach to Local Engagement in Afghanistan,
That may also Mitigate IEDs
by Eric T. Furey
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A Conversation with Dr. Douglas Porch:
Relooking French Encounters in Irregular Warfare in the 19th Century
by Michael Few
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Where do we go with Design in a post-COIN (for now) world?
A Culture of Inclusion:
Defense, Diplomacy, and Development as a Modern American Foreign Policy
by Captain Nathan Finney
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Observers and commentators...
Turkey and the PKK - whither U.S. policy?
A District Approach in Afghanistan?
by Major David S. Clukey
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As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' one-year timeline to make progress in...
A few observations on the new COIN manual "Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies".
When done effectively, narratives can award meaning to physical fights. When done poorly, they can eradicate even the hardest won territorial gains.