Indigenous Forces and Sanctuary Denial
Enduring Counterinsurgency Imperatives
by LTC Robert M. Cassidy
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Transitional justice, within a short period, has become one of the most dominating debates in rule of law, human rights protection, democracy and nation building.
Mad Scientist # 6: Social Media is becoming a powerful tool to recruit “foreign fighters” as well as to persuade groups and individuals to perform terrorist acts elsewhere.
Using interviews as background and Afghanistan as a case study, this article captures tactics that may allow future commanders to build the basis for sustainable governance.
This is the first article in the second round of the TRADOC “Mad Scientist” call for papers.
by Adam Elkus, Small Wars Journal
Information Counterrevolution (Full PDF Article)
When Iranians took to the streets to protest vote-rigging by their nation's theocratic...
Information Operations on the Counterinsurgency Battlefield
by Azriel Peskowitz, Small Wars Journal
Information Operations on the Counterinsurgency Battlefield (Full PDF Article)
Terrorism has always...
Information Sharing for Irregular Warfare
by Lieutenant Colonel Ehsan Mehmood Khan
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A sturdy string of irregular warfare is the...
Strategic, operational, and tactical actions the US should take in each dimension of the information environment to counter the ISIL's asymmetric, and apparently dominant, information campaign.
Should we focus more on creating ink spots and less on defeating the Taliban?
The defense establishment must embrace the energy and ideas already being produced and provide a way for them to have real impact - an innovation program that seeks true offsets.
We have no more real control over conflict (or the universe) than anyone else, in fact, sometimes we now have less. If we cannot control, we must adapt.
Times of crisis can be a brief window of opportunity for large institutional bureaucracies to overcome jurisdictional boundaries and make changes to business as usual.
The Russians have developed a new theory of warfare, and in the future, we can only expect them to perform it more effectively and on an even larger scale.
Inside the Surge
1-5 Cavalry in Ameriyah
by Lieutenant Colonel Dale Kuehl, Small Wars Journal
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I had the privilege of commanding the 1st...
The Human Terrain System has found itself in the news again. A feat of considerable effort as the program ceased operations in September 2014.
In 2012, the U.S. Border Patrol transitioned from a resource-based to a new, risk-based approach for measuring border security and informing planning efforts along U.S. borders.
Imperatives for Confronting Irregular Challenges
Insurgencia Criminal en las Américas
por John P. Sullivan
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SWJ's Spanish version of Criminal Insurgency: Narcocultura, Social Banditry, and Information Operations.
Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies: 21st Century Doctrine for an Ancient Way of War - Review of the new COIN manual.
Insurgencies in South Sudan:
A Mandatory Path to Build a Nation?
by Marc-Andre Lagrange
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The 2010 elections in Sudan were more than just a formal...
Alex Verschoor-Kirss provides an interesting look at a case of cultural insurgency: the Estonian Forest Brothers movement.
If one believes they are in the Clear/Hold phase and they are taking regular casualties, then I believe a change to disruption would make a difference.
Operations in Safar focused on ridding the area of enemy fighters and not mimicking the standard gain a foot hold and chasing ghosts through a minefield tactics.
“Mad Scientist” series - The need for an Integrated Global Health Surveillance and Response Program through a complex web of surveillance, education, and interactive coordination.
Overdue Bill: Integrating Counterinsurgency into Army Professional Education
by Major Niel Smith
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In the eight years since...
A model for actively integrating deception planning into the brigade level orders process, specifically during mission analysis, course of action development, and course of action analysis.
Alex first reported on this issue for The Washington Times. Here's the rest of her story.
Perspective from the Tactical Level of Operations
This article asserts that if organizational leaders focus on human-to-human interface points for easier integration, it will lay the foundational logic needed to allow for collaboration to occur...
Observing how the Afghans develop intelligence and seek creative means to support their operations is vital to Afghans owning the security.
When an adversary arrives in a form that was unanticipated, an intellectually curious officer will be able to draw upon years of education tested not in the classroom, but in the real...
How are our allies going to determine what policies to accept or reject, and for how long, as members of the American alliance system?
Intelligence and Policy Making for the 21st Century: A Case-study of the Benghazi Attacks and the Relationship Between Policy Makers and the Intelligence Community
Intelligence and Third-Party Intervention in Unconventional Civil/Sectarian Conflicts:
The British in Malaya and American Military in Lebanon
by Augustine Marinelli, Small Wars Journal