COIN, organizational culture, and leadership - how they have interplayed in Afghanistan over the past several decades.
Current strategic guidance documents rely upon catchphrases and hyperbole to defer tough national security decision-making.
A conversation on the United States military's history of manhunting.
An erudite lesson on words and COIN from a Pakistani officer.
War by Any Other Name Is War
by Jason Whiteley
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In Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein wrote that, "War is controlled violence, for a purpose."...
War Comes to Long An
Back Story to the Writing of a Military Classic
by Jeffrey Race
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Now being reprinted in an updated and...
An Address at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Museum on 5 March 2009
General Christmas, General Gardner, Fellow Marines. It is an honor to be asked to speak about war-fighting in this...
War is about Killing and Destruction, It is Not Armed Social Science
A Short Response to Andrew Mackay and Steve Tatham
by Colonel Gian P. Gentile
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A warning and call to action from the French criminologist.
War, "Like War", or Something Else?
by Colonel Robert Killebrew
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Bob Killebrew, a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security...
There is a danger in the empirical mode of reasoning that it will lead us to think of a thousand locals or twenty counterinsurgents as homogenous units of human being.
The doctrine for wargaming during COA analysis falls short for small wars.
Warlord's Writing Tips
by Colonel John M. Collins
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This short writing guide appeared as part of a larger article, Sharp pens sharpen swords: writing...
by Michael Yon
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23 March 2010
The mission required crossing a bridge that had been blown up a couple hours earlier by a suicide car...
Caleb S. Cage takes on the memoirs of the four most powerful officials of the Bush Administration.
Water, water everywhere... COIN and the pennance of life.
Water scarcity is an increasingly dangerous problem in the USCENTCOM AOR.
Understanding the great paradox of the U.S. military: the better our conventional capabilities, the more likely we are to face increasingly irregular and asymmetric threats.
Jonathan Smith considers the impact of night raids on counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan.
West German law enforcement used combinations of intelligence analysis and HUMINT collection while simultaneously engaging and disrupting the Red Army Faction.
Roman discipline was built upon a belief in the virtues of austerity and frugality, the dignity of labor and an acceptance of hardship – but tempered by a willingness to acknowledge the basic...
What Constitutes Terrorist Network Resiliency?
by David N. Santos
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Since the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001 there...
War is the coherent execution of all means to bring about sufficient adherence to a nation’s will in the international (global) arena; resulting in armed conflict only when all other means...
How the Media, the Military, and the World Struggles with Telling the “Real Story” in Afghanistan
As Yemen faces presidential elections on February 21, for which only one candidate is standing, Robert Sharp and Fahad Malaikah ponder what is next for the country.
What Really Happened in the Tagab Valley?
A Response to Second Lieutenant James Parker
by Joshua Foust
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I read with great interest the...
What Sri Lanka Can Teach Us About COIN
by Lionel Beehner
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It has become a truism to say there are no military solutions to defeat an insurgency. That was the thrust of the...
Getting it Right:
What the 34-day War Has to Teach the US Army
by Major Irvin Oliver
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As the United States fights wars in...
What the Afghan War Diary Really Tells Us About the Changing Dynamics of the Conflict
by Javier Osorio and Christopher Sullivan
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When a Cup of Coffee Becomes a Soy Decaf Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino
by Brigadier Justin Kelly and Ben Fitzgerald
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If you’re afforded the opportunity to lead a critical team at a critical juncture in our nation’s history… see the big picture and embrace it from the beginning.
Ground Assessment of a Helmand Province Political Advisor
When Relief Aid Becomes Counterproductive:
A study of Intervention in the Congo (2007-2008)
by Marc-Andre Lagrange
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An advocacy for social media and digital collaboration in the military.
Operators must understand local culture and must harness the power of local institutions to fight an irregular enemy. A proposed method to do so.
by Michael Yon
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22 February 2010
"Johnny Boy" Captain John Holland was walking out to the aircraft just as I arrived at the flight line...