The purpose of this paper is to provide research information on doctrinal convergence and divergence, and elaborate upon the role of language and culture in counterinsurgency operations.
Last year was witness to three police operations against gangs in Catalonia, targeting the Latin Kings, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), and the Bloods.
Russia has increasingly tested the resolve of Europe and the West, inciting and then intervening in manufactured crises in Georgia and Ukraine. The Baltic States could be the next target of Russian...
This research examines the cyber battle space, why it poses a significant threat, and how attribution difficulties can create significant issues for deterrence of cyber-attacks.
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Leadership of Cyber Warriors: Enduring Principles and New Directions
by Gregory Conti and David Raymond
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SWJ Discussion with Dr. David H. Ucko and Dr. Robert Egnell about their book Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare.
Interaction among foreign forces and local farmers was perhaps never more important for mission success than in Afghanistan over the course of OEF.
In assessing our “lessons learned” it is vital that the service look forward and not just retrospectively so it does not learn the wrong lessons.
Network-centric warfare doctrine continues to fall short of revolutionizing the battlefield, even after a decade of upgrades born out of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At present, for every US Soldier there is at least one 20-foot container of equipment in Afghanistan; a quantity that cannot be overemphasized as our military begins to face the challenges of...
Lebanon's national rejection of returning to civil war coupled with the buoyancy provided by the Lebanese Armed Forces will keep it from sinking into the Syrian abyss.
The inability to craft an effective national policy to deal with the surge of left-wing extremism is a subject of intense policy debate and mounting public concern in India.
Does the NATO treaty “automatically” require the U.S. use force to defend a NATO ally? The short answer is “no”.
Understanding how the democratization of Iraq failed could be instructive to future endeavors towards democratization throughout the world.
A recent National Defense University article titled “Rapid Regeneration of Irregular Warfare Capacity” identifies some pitfalls with the elimination of irregular warfare capability.
Lessons for Libya?
Flawed Policy and the Inevitability of Military Failure: The Anglo-French Suez Expedition of 1956
by Brian C. Collins
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Lessons From a Military Humanitarian in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
by Major Kelly L. Webster
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Lessons From Previous Competitive Strategies: SWJ Interview with Thomas G. Mahnken
America's Financial Crisis
Lessons from Reconstructing Iraq
by Captain Timothy Hsia, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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News coverage of the 700 billion...
The Battle of Chancellorsville ended 150 years ago this week. It still holds lessons for us.
Good stories trump doctrine for effecting cultural change because they reach us emotionally; they inspire. Consider America's first battle and what we can glean its many relevant...
Lessons from the Post 9/11 Campaigns: Small Wars Journal Discussion with General John R. Allen.
Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost
by Dr. Mark Moyar
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At last week's SAIS/Texas Tech conference "Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost: Counterinsurgency...
As the Arab Spring moves east, Fahad Malaikah reminds us not to forget where it started.
If you just give the Host Nation (HN) stuff or do stuff for them you become their system.
Successful information operations (IO) often require effective inter-cultural communications in order to inform and influence foreign audiences.
A Key Tool in Population-Centric Counterinsurgency
by Dr. Paul Kamolnick
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Permanently separating insurgents from the population...
Justifications for the establishment of a “Nonlinear Warfare Center of Excellence”.
Lexicon and Struggle
by Major Matthew Orris, Small Wars Journal
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Winners and losers of a war may already be known long before the first shot is ever fired if a...
Libya and the Responsibility to Protect
by Charli Carpenter
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There has been a fair amount of debate over Obama's decision to join...
Libya's Rebel Leaders and Western Assistance
by Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy
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Abstract. The U.S., Britain, and...
As China’s economic might has grown, so has its ability and inclination to use national power and influence to advance its geopolitical ends.
LNO Missions as a Model for the Division Headquarters RIP/TOA Process
by Major General Richard C. Nash, Colonel Neal Loidolt and Lieutenant Colonel C. Bryan Tierney
LNO Missions as a Model for the...
Can local law enforcement use technology to deter riots?
The government of India has proclaimed this Naxalite – Maoist movement to be the greatest threat to national security. This may become a self-fulfilling prophesy.