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.
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.
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
Economic Planning Integration (Full PDF Article)...
Critique of OIF/OEF memoires
Integrating strategic foresight tools into Joint Professional Military Education curricula will help develop an appreciation for the nonlinearity, complexity, and uncertainty of the global...
Jump Starting Your Professional Reading Program:
A Six-Pack of Books
by Captain Kelly Jones and Major Scott Shaw
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There has been a lot of alarm spread about Ebola and the past weeks, and I am loathe to add fuel to the fire, but I am concerned about the possible weaponizing of Ebola by Islamic extremists.
Jihad - Today this ancient Arabic word has near universal recognition, but also near universal misunderstanding.
Karachi's Ethnic Tinderbox
by Ahmed Humayun and Ali Jafri
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Over the last month, Karachi- Pakistan's largest city and the center of its commercial...
Karzai's Governing Strategy:
A Threat to ISAF COIN Implementation
by James Sisco
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Karzai's initial governing strategy, focused at centralizing...
If the US allows Afghanistan to slip from its grasp, it opens the door in classic Great Game theory to other powers.
Looking to Plan Colombia to create a Plan Yemen.
Each nation brings unique capabilities to the team and learning how to maximize the effectiveness of these capabilities requires consistent training among the different militaries.
There are two leading concepts for how the U.S. should approach a future conflict with China: Air-Sea Battle and Offshore Control.
Khastan Tawanestan! -- "We Can, We Will!"
Shaping the Battlefield in Afghanistan in Dari and Pashto -- not English
by LT Sean "Shoe" Stevens
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How does a...
Interview with Dr. John Nagl on his just released book Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice, The Penguin Press, New York, 2014.
Women are acting as combatants in approximately one-third of present-day armed insurgencies. Are there lessons for the US military?
Richard Dixon provides a much needed look at the issue of suicide and military leadership.
Korengal Valley Observations
by Bing West
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In 2007, Alissa Rubin of The New York Times described a "new counterinsurgency doctrine" that...