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
Military operations in an urban area are not normally thought of as a “Small Wars” concern, yet they are an important capability that will remain relevant.
Four years into the United States military’s effort to counter the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa its leader, Joseph Kony, remains elusive.
The importance of network analysis and socio-cultural understanding within the military intelligence community and how it was used to capture Saddam Hussein.
The Army continues to debate the use of the term Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance. This debate was triggered when ISR became a synonym for Unmanned Arial Surveillance.
by Major Christopher Smith, Small Wars Journal
Interagency Reform (Full PDF Article)
After many years of in-depth studies and comprehensive proposals on how to improve the...
An important bi-lateral U.S.-Mexico conference on “Promoting The Rule Of Law In Mexico” was held at the University of San Diego on Friday 10 June 2016.
Interoperability is a function of leadership, hardship, and time. To quickly achieve it, focus on individual personalities, understand that everyone has value, and exercise mission command.
The Wrong War:
An Interview with Bing West, A Sequel
by Octavian Manea
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What is wrong with the war strategy employed by ISAF forces?