As SOCOM takes on the task of addressing population-centric conflict post-Iraq/Afghanistan, it must field a new type of SOF Operator--master of the full-spectrum of the human domain and...
Is Armor Antithetical to Good COIN?
by Frank G. Hoffman
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Undoubtedly everyone has seen the recent report in the Washington Post on the...
The presence of Mexican-origin drugs in Chicago is more prominent now than ever before
Is Our Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Approach Irrelevant?
by Colonel Lawrence Sellin
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"You know you never defeated...
Is Spending the Strategy?
by Scott Dempsey
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American foreign assistance has long been misunderstood if not ridiculed by detractors as a frivolous...
Is the US intelligence community misreading the Shabaab-Qaeda relationship?
by Deane-Peter Baker
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Is the War in Afghanistan in the Interests of the United States and its Allies?
by Major Jeremy Kotkin
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The threat exists and continues to operate. But more importantly we must understand that it is waging unconventional warfare and only using terrorism as one of the means of its strategy.
Is There a Real Threat to Australia's National Security Posed by Sovereign Wealth Funds?
by Dr. David A. Anderson and Major Richard Mogg
Small Wars Journal
Is There a Real Threat to Australia's...
Is There an Islamic Way of War?
by Major Mehar Omar Khan
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Times have surely changed since that noon of March 10, 1982, when President Ronald...
Understanding ISIS is fairly simply, resolving it as a matter of National interest is a lot harder.
It is widely acknowledged that ISIS is enormously sophisticated in its use of Social Media. It is also widely acknowledged that they have had great success recruiting fighters from around the globe...
The exact number of Americans who have joined ISIS is unknown, but the DNI testified that roughly 180 have traveled or have attempted to travel to Syria in order to fight with extremist...
The term “terrorist organization” offers little insight and limits our understanding and approach. ISIS is an insurgent organization using terrorism as a tactic.
This article argues that the recent resurgence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham gained momentum during the Syrian civil war in 2011.
Despite ISIS releasing a map identifying areas where the Caliphate will be established in Asia, its ability to do so is substantially limited.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the Levant, is re-enacting the early history of Islam in order to establish its legitimacy with the peoples of the Middle East.
ISIS can rightfully be regarded as a terrorist organization, rather than a state, and that categorizing it as a terrorist group is beneficial to the U.S. in its efforts to dismantle and defeat it.
Words matter. Alas, neologisms come into the language all the time. Ironically, polemicists on the Right and Left abhor words like “Islamism.”
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Collection Management in the Brigade Combat Team during COIN
Three Assumptions and Ten "A-Ha!" Moments on the Path to Battlefield Awareness
Senior leaders within the US military often view detention operations as a supply problem rather than a challenging and continually changing dynamic with strategic level implications.
Protests in the Middle East are about a power struggle in the Muslim world triggered by the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring.
Matteo Scianna suggests a heightened role for European forces in "smart defense" in the near abroad. Is this the wave of the future, or a concept doomed by European economic...
“Mad Scientist” series - As the US Army considers the challenges of operating in dense urban areas, leadership requires a basic understanding of the operating environment.
The creation of operational level of war between strategy and tactics in U.S. doctrine resulted from a misunderstanding of the operational art and its relationship to both strategy and tactics.
People do not live in history, they live in the narrative. Nowhere is this truth more evident than between three countries in East Asia.
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.
Operational Theme or Full-Spectrum Operation?
by Colonel Richard Pedersen, Small Wars Journal
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Japanese Counterinsurgency in the Philippines: 1942-45
by Brian Hardesty, Small Wars Journal
Japanese Counterinsurgency in the Philippines: 1942-45 (Full PDF Article)
The first Japanese attack on the...
By examining Japan’s history and culture, this paper seeks to understand why the Yasukuni Shrine burdens Japan’s relationship particularly with the Republic of Korea and China.
Jihad of the Pen
A Practitioners Guide to Conducting Effective Influence Operations in an Insurgency
Special to the Small Wars Journal
by Colonel G. L. Lamborn, USAR (Ret.)
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The driving storyline of extremist Islam, often referred to simply as the Narrative, states that the West and its allies are continuing in a historical effort to destroy Islam.
Our doctrine overlooks the essence of war as a human enterprise. This article explores how to rectify this within the context of supporting the evolution of the U.S. military towards...
Joint Professional Military Education: Anticipating at the Speed of the Environment
Joint, Interagency, and International Organization Economic Planning Integration
by Dr. David Anderson and Major Lawrence Walton, Small Wars Journal
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Critique of OIF/OEF memoires