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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In his Small Wars Journal article titled "Molding Perceptions:...
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.
In this article, I undertake an analysis of the military-to-military components of the United States’ security assistance program in Morocco.
Continuing the Discussion on the Reported Death of the Armor Corps
by Thomas Weiss
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In mid-April, COL Gian Gentile offered what amounted to an Armor...
Improving Combat Advising to Strengthen Partnering with Afghan National Security Forces
by James Cowan, Nengyalai Amalyar and Mohammad Mustafa
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David Walker argues that the successes of the Af-Pak Hands program could be better managed by Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development.
Moving Artillery Forward:
A Concept for the Fight in Afghanistan
by Major Joseph A. Jackson
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The United States Army is no stranger to mountainous...
It does not matter if one shows courage or leadership in Iraq or Afghanistan, if they return to meekly let the military industrial complex’s moral corruption continue.
MRAP Future Discussion Paper
by Ryan T. Kranc
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Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicle (MRAP) is a broad term encompassing three main vehicle...
by Gene Kamena with Roy Houchin
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The Global War On Terror (GWOT), or as we now call it, Overseas Contingency Operations, has cost our nation...
Mullah Engagement Program:
Helmand and Farah Provinces, Afghanistan
15 February -- 15 March 2010
by Commander Philip Pelikan, CHC, USN
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Multi-national corporations--particularly from the extractive sector with long project life cycles, access to capital, and attractive return on investment--could act as a new phase in civil-...
Adapting to the Realities of Modern Counterinsurgency
by Thomas Donnelly and Gary J. Schmitt, Small Wars Journal
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It is evident that there is still a long way to go before the practice of child recruitment into the armed forces is fully eradicated from the country.
Nagl and Gentile are Both Right
So What Do We Do Now?
by Robert Haddick, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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Small Wars Journal readers are no doubt familiar...
The French Army´s Failed Counterinsurgency Effort
Narco-Armor in Mexico
by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus
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Known alternatively as "narco-tanks" (narcotanques), "Rhino...
Transnational crime and its associated transnational illicit networks pose a challenge to sovereignty and governance by fostering corruption and impunity.
This essay focuses on a set of highly advanced technological inventions used for transporting and delivering narcotics.
The explosive effects of rumors in Syria and insurgenceis around the world.
Fit the operation to the narrative, not the narrative to the operation.
Those of us focused on the narrative battle are pretty much in agreement about one thing: we are losing. We are losing badly.
Time now for a return to the basics if the organization is to endure well into the current century.
NATO’s Post ISAF Challenges and the Danger of a Hollow Alliance: SWJ Interview with Dr. Andrew A. Michta
Needed: An Exorcism in Kandahar
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It is said that President Obama is looking for a proof of concept for General McChrystal's...
Negotiating with the Taliban:
Lessons from Vietnam
by Franz-Stefan Gady
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Despite many critical voices of the overuse of the Vietnam War metaphor...
Negotiation: By, With, and Through the Afghan People
by Tim Mathews
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This submission is offered at this time to coincide...
Opinion polls in Afghanistan cover issues as diverse as the legitimacy of the Karzai regime, the use of suicide attacks, the appropriateness of female education, and the adequacy of the health...