The practical application of the principles of VSO over 150 days of planning, operations, and refinement in Afgahnistan.
One Week with Task Force Buffalo
Changing the Face of the Arghandab
by Captain Jonathan Pan
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A rebuttal to Sean Naylor's Army Times Article...
Open Veins of Mexico: The Strategic Logic of Cartel Resource Extraction and Petro-Targeting by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus.
Rebuilding our special reconaissance capability.
Thinking and Acting Like an Early Explorer:
Operational Art is Not a Level of War
by Brigadier General Huba Wass de Czege (US Army Ret.)
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An Assessment of Our Operational Concept of Operations in Support of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Interagency Policy and Goals
by R.J. Buikema
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Operational Design: Promise and Problems
by Adam Elkus and Crispin Burke
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Approaches to Operational Design have become increasingly...
Optimizing Foreign Internal Defense to Counter Dark Networks: Direct and Indirect Approaches for Security and Development Efforts.
Optimizing Use of the Armed Forces in Combating Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations
by Braden Civins
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Ordinary Men and Abhorrent Behavior
by Christopher S. Knott
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Although the world has seen many horrible events which defy...
Organizing Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan
by Colonel Donald C. Bolduc
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The collapse of the Taliban and al Qaeda...
Original and Good: The New US Army and Marine Corps “Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies” Field Manual.
Our Ambivalent Iraqi-Kurdistan Policy
by Colonel Dennis P. Chapman
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Twenty-three years ago I was nearing the end of a miserable Plebe...
Our Own Worst Enemy: Lessons Learned from Recent Negotiating Successes with the Afghan Ministry of Defense
A look at the issues behind the use of private security contractors.
Constraint, imagination, and collaboration can produce meaningful innovations.
Pakistani Unconventional Warfare Against Afghanistan: A Case Study of the Taliban as an Unconventional Warfare Proxy Force
Better understanding the plight of the Fatah
Panama: Is Restructuring the Razor to Cut Out Corruption?
by Anthony Scheidel
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Parallel Governance and Modern Insurgencies
by Patrick Devenny, Small Wars Journal
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The ongoing conflicts in...
With the UN Security Council closed for business, the international community is clamoring for a way to increase the costs on President Bashar al-Assad. Here are some of the options that...
Partnering: A Counterinsurgency Imperative
Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) Special Report
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Past is Prologue:
The Ability to Modify Strategic Doctrine While Still at War
Book review by Reyes Z. Cole
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Martin Samuels, Command or Control? Command,...
by Michael Yon
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This is a story of warfighting and technology, and what life is like on the ground for our troops, as they do their best in war.
This essay argues that General George S. Patton Jr. was a proficient practitioner of small wars in three different contexts.
The post-Iraq and Afghanistan US national security environment is predictably yearning for a renewed era of engagement.
Part 2 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.
Part 3 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.
People and culture are important – but they are not the only important things. Their importance is relative to the mission and the operational environment.
Pershing's leadership attributes and willingness to understand and work through the Moro culture achieved success in a complex operational environment.
Persistence as the 10th Principle of War
by LTC Gregory A. Grimes, Small Wars Journal
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Hap Arnold had it right: give the enemy time to recuperate and your...
Perspective on the Systems Perspective
How Army Special Forces Can Use Existing Systems within the Operational Environment
by Major Michael Longacre, Small Wars Journal
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Philippine Counterinsurgency Strategy: Then and Now
by Mike Fowler
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Shortly after the end of the Spanish-American War in...
This diplomatic triumph is due in large part to legal advances in international relations, peace processes, mediation and conflict resolution designed and applied by Western powers in other...
Putting the PRIORITY Back Into PIR
PIR Development in a COIN Environment
by Ms. Z. Tenay Guvendiren and Lieutenant Colonel Scott Downey
Small Wars Journal
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The traditional military decision making process with its locked, vertical communication processes will be too slow to be completely effective in the face of the fast pace of unfolding disasters.