Syria is already in crisis but the death or departure of President Bashar al-Asad is likely to intensify violence and destruction in the country, not quell it.
Tactical Strategic Communication!
Placing Informational Effect at the Centre of Command
by Commander Steve Tatham
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In October 2006, Brigadier...
Taking Interagency Stability Operations to a New Level
The Integration of Special Operation Forces and USAID in Afghanistan
by Sloan Mann, Small Wars Journal
Taking Interagency Stability Operations...
Garbology: As our soldiers gain insights, more and more talking trash with the locals will provide a whole new body of intelligence.
Haste makes waste - or how not to push Yemen over the cliff.
Counterinsurgency is often a small-unit battle, with company-sized elements requiring organic intelligence capabilities to leverage information into tactical success.
Author describes operations in Iraq in 2008
Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks:
Can the Hamlet Evaluation System Inform the Search for Metrics in Afghanistan?
by David Gayvert
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After years of...
Team Ninewa Models Successful Civilian-Military Unity of Effort
by Mark Schapiro and Stephen Petzold
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Tell Me How to Do This Thing Called Design!
Practical Application of Complexity Theory to Military Operations
by Grant Martin
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Ten Questions with Thomas P.M. Barnett
by Mark Safranski
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Small Wars Journal interview with Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett on a wide range of issues...
Ten Reasons to Ignore bin Laden:
Restoring the Balance
by Dr. Wm. J. Olson
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What to do about bin Ladin? Ever since 9/11 that has been the...
Ten Years Gone
by Stanton S. Coerr
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In Afghanistan, there is no road for the American war...there is only the path we make by moving forward. We have...
Terrorism, COIN, and National Security
by Francisco José Moreno
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As a reaction to the 9/11 attacks, the United States invaded...
The argument put forward here is based on the transformation thesis which argues that cyber terrorism is “criminal or harmful activities that are informational, global, and networked".
The threat of online Islamic radicalism is a growing issue for the U.S. and the West today; however, little is being done by lawmakers.
Thai Village Security Lessons for
by Jeff Moore
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As General David Petraeus takes over military command in Afghanistan, a major
point of contention has...
The war in southern Thailand that began in earnest in 2004 shows no signs of stopping. Critics of the government’s Counterinsurgency (COIN) operations abound.
The "Tactical" Leaders of Tomorrow
by Captain Tyler J. Sweatt
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The Army must relook how it trains junior leaders for tactical decision...
Change doesn’t come easy to military culture; it is often resisted.
The 2000-2005 Palestinian Armed Rebellion
by A.E. Stahl
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In spite of the differing characteristics it embraces...
What began as an Israeli air campaign rapidly evolved into an extensive ground war of bloody house-to-house battles that the Israelis were ill prepared to wage.
“We’ve won the war,” General Dan Halutz boasted.
Al Paddock explores the divorce between active and reserve component psychological operations units.
The Warlord Loop’s 2012 reading list features interdisciplinary topics that cover the entire spectrum of conflict.
The civilian population’s diversity, through its multitude of ethnic, tribal and social groups, has made Mali an area of operations with its own challenges and advantages.
The 800-pound Gorilla and Stability
by James P. Hunt, Major General,
Deputy Commanding General, MNC-I, April
09 -- Jan 10
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It took the British a full century of trial-and-error to come up with the organization of a stable native army in India, a feat the US believes it has accomplished in less than a decade in...
As Prepared Remarks to the NATO Military Committee
September 27, 2010
Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV
Commanding General, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan
The Age of Airpower:
An Interview with Martin van Creveld
by Octavian Manea
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It is stated that Operations Rolling Thunder in Vietnam was the wrong way...
The al Qaeda Franchise Model
by Captain Joshua McLaughlin
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This article stems from a series of posts I recently...
The All-Volunteer Force: The Debate
by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling
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I'd like to share with SWJ readers the debate I've been having...
When Afghanistan failed, then COIN was seen as having failed too, having proved itself too risky, too time-consuming to justify its extraordinary investment in lives and treasure.
The pressures on Yemen are centrifugal rather than centripetal, by which the power of the center is weakened to the benefit of poles of regional power. These centrifugal forces could make it...
The April "Revolution" and the Soviet-Afghan War: Why neither is a Good Analog to Today's War in Afghanistan
by Joseph Collins
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The challenge presented by competing forms of centralization may have become clearer in the wake of the Arab Spring, especially in comparing events in Egypt and Libya.