Fifteen police officers were killed in a ‘military-style’ ambush in Jalisco on 6 April 2015. The attack resulted in the highest death toll in a single attack since 2010.
Many in the academic and policy communities share the notion that organized crime groups operate similarly to legitimate businesses.
This article examines the current and emerging security situation faced by Mexico’s petro-energy sector.
Mexico's new president Enrique Peña Nieto has trumpeted its proposed reforms, but there are more similarities than differences with the Calderon Administration.
Despite the scope of the threat to Mexico’s security, violent drug-trafficking organizations are not well understood, and optimal strategies to combat them have not been identified.
Mexico's Struggle with 'Drugs and Thugs'
SWJ Book Review
by John P. Sullivan
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Mexico is in the...
Mexico: The Accidental Narco?
by Paul Rexton Kan
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The Obama Administration's National Security Strategy clearly makes the case: "Stability...
Mexico: A Mosaic Cartel War
by Paul Rexton Kan
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A situation of high-intensity crime does not mean that a war is not occurring in...
Part 7 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014.
MIA in QDR: A Unifying Vision for Land Forces
by Nathan Freier
This paper is being published simultaneously in Small Wars Journal and the PKSOI Bulletin, an on-line publication of the United States...
This Spanish language SWJ-El Centro article is intended to stimulate debate among Latin American security professionals.
How operational planners applied military design to a wicked problem set in Afghanistan.
Military History and the Drafting of Doctrine
FM 3-24, Relevant Case Studies or Seductive Analogies?
by Andrew Salamone, Small Wars Journal
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It is time to rethink the role of conventional U.S. military medical assets in COIN operations.
Given global urbanization trends, the Army must be prepared to confront challenges arising in megacities to remain a relevant instrument of national power.
Military Metrics: How Do We Know When We're Winning (or Losing) a War?
by Ethan B. Kapstein
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How do governments know whether they're winning or losing a...
Continue on for three loosely related articles meant to inspire novel thought on military operations in the growing urban landscapes of the future.
Military Police Operations and Counterinsurgency
by Major Matthew R. Modarelli, Small Wars Journal
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Within the Department of Defense...
Within military coalitions and governmental organizations, the term ‘deep dive’ continues to gain in popularity and design application for complex conflict environments.
Militias can be essential assets to the establishment of security in coordination with effective counter-insurgency strategy, but they come with risks.
Mind Games From Above:
The Use of Psychological Warfare and Direct Propaganda at the Turning Point of the Malayan Emergency, 1952-54
by Stephen J Fallon
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Going back to 1989, and certainly since 2001, the US has failed to construct a coalition of moderates that might be able to enhance legitimacy and increase stability.
Mission and Morality:
Tough Choices for Advisors, Mentors and Teams Leaders
by Gene C. Kamena
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In a recent article published in Foreign Affairs, Robert...
Mission Assessment in Complex Operations:
Canadian Lessons from Afghanistan
by Dr. Peter Dobias
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The assessment of mission...
Mission Command — A Multifaceted Construct
by Richard N. Pedersen
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Mission Command is emerging as a multifaceted construct that integrates the...
Mission Command: Realizing Unified Action
by Richard N. Pedersen
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This paper proposes to describe mission command in a more accurate and practicable way....
Mistakes Were Made
How Not to Conduct Post-Conflict Management and Counterinsurgency
by Dr. Wm J. Olson
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We are awash in how-to manuals on stability operations,...
From 13-14 May 2010, the COIN shura took place in Kabul aboard Camp Julien, the COIN Academy in Afghanistan to refocus the Surge's forces on COIN.
Mobilizing Identity in the Pashtun Tribal Belt
by Colonel Ellen Haring
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Today, violent conflict in the Pashtun tribal belt in...
Clausewitz's conception of fog and friction in warfare remains as relevant in ever. Are you prepared to operate in an environment of uncertainty?
The military would benefit from more officers with hard science backgrounds enabling them to solve the challenging problems the military faces in modern wars.
Molding Perceptions: A Response
by Lieutenant Colonel Cliff W. Gilmore
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Moral Intuition and the Professional Military Ethic
by Michael C. Sevcik
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As our Army faces the professional ethics...
The Army is a learning organization, but it must avoid learning mumbo-jumbo.
The US must begin a serious dialogue with Mexico to propose long-term solutions to the grave situation in which the police and military forces as well as the people of Mexico find themselves.
More than Weather: The Strategic Importance of Remote Environmental Monitoring Capabilities to DOD.