Critiquing the Critique of British COIN
A View of Irregular Warfare
A Work in Progress (Draft)
by Colonel Daniel Kelly, Small Wars Journal
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A Volatile Brew
by Colonel Robert Killebrew, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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Last June a group of men in police SWAT team uniforms stormed a building in Phoenix, Arizona,...
How can we be at war with an ideology, what is it that attracts its members, and can an ideology really be combated?
A Way to Accomplish Interviews for Commanders and Staff
by Colonel Steven Boylan
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The path to successful interviews...
A Well Worn Path:
The Soviet and American Approaches to the Critical Tasks of Counter Insurgency
by Bart Howard
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The conflict in Afghanistan is clearly at...
A Wicked Brew
Piracy and Islamism in the Horn of Africa
by Tim Sullivan, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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The recent surge in pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has...
While programs like DCGS-A, CPOF, and MTS may be capable, troops generally deride their atrocious user interface, and poor, almost non-existent interoperability.
Now that Americans are dropping bombs on the forces of al Baghdadi’s Caliphate, it may be appropriate to examine his warfighting style.
Throughout its existence beginning in the early 1990s, ASG has waffled back and forth between criminality and terrorism.
Achieving a Peace Settlement between Abkhazia and Georgia: Lessons from Swiss Federalism
by Philip K. Abbott
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Today SOF are being asked to do more than ever before and with increasingly vague and hubristic-sounding missions and concepts. New paradigms are needed.
by Michael Yon
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18 February 2010
On Feb. 9th, in a field near a road, an Afghan soldier squatted to relieve himself. He picked the...
Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand vs. The Taliban: Bottom-Up Expeditionary Diplomacy in Fragile States – Best Practices from the Civilian Surge in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, and across much of the developing world, agriculture is the primary enterprise and key to local food security, as well as national and regional political stability.
If historical examples are any indicator irregular warfare will remain a part of current and future conflicts.
The drone war alone, without a corresponding indirect approach, will, over the long term, force AQAM to get better, harder, more creative, and more resistant to direct attacks.
Adapting the British Light Infantry Section and Platoon Structure for the Contemporary and Future Operating Environment
by Lieutenant Chris Shaw, Small Wars Journal
Adapting the British Light...
Adapting to the Utterly Unpredictable, the Entirely Unknown
Book Review by Frank G. Hoffman
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James A. Russell,...
This article provides ten tips focused at the tactical level to assist combat leaders on advising host nation security forces on using warrant based targeting.
An economic approach to understanding the nature of rural corruption in Afghanistan suggests that ISAF anti-corruption measures should focus directly, not indirectly, on this issue.
Addressing the Zawahirist Outsurgency
by James Q. Roberts
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We can debate whether we are at war with Al Qaeda, but rest assured Al Qaeda...
Advancing the Art and Science of Psychological Operations Requires a Serious Investment
by Lieutenant Colonel Timothy D. Huening, Small Wars Journal
Advancing the Art and Science of Psychological...
When the balloon goes up... A new look from an old tool.
Afghan Advise and Assist Group
by Colonel Julian Dale Alford and Major Daniel Zappa
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Successful International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF...
Afghan Governance Considerations
by William S. McCallister
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President Karzai appears to follow an imperial-confederacy form of governance...
It is essential to understand that everything of importance in Afghanistan happens in the village, not in Kabul, or even at the Provincial headquarters. Historically, Afghanistan has always been...
Afghan National Security Forces Literacy Program
by Michael J. Faughnan
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As the December review of our strategy in...
Examining progress in the development of Afghanistan’s infrastructure from an Afghan perspective
Afghan Village Militia
A People-Centric Strategy to Win
by Dr. Ronald L. Holt
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The evidence is clear that what we are doing...
Thomas Buonomo offers a roll-up of recent commentary on the way ahead in Afghanistan.
As we look toward a combat exit, how to sustain the advisory effort?
Afghanistan Governed by a Federal System with Autonomous Regions: A Path to Success?
by Major Bryan Carroll and Dr. David A. Anderson
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Afghanistan Part II:
The Reoccurrence of International Terrorism in Somalia
by Joe Royo
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Recent events in Somalia are slowly grabbing the world's...
Afghanistan Trip Report
by Bing West
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Having recently returned from Afghanistan -- thanks to the hospitality of Generals Petraeus and McChrystal - I'...
Afghanistan: Reconciliation plans, tribal leaders and civil society
by Thomas Kirk
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A reading of the...