Some of the major “lessons learned” by ISAF while conducting Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations in Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Seven Fundamental Questions
by Major Mehar Omar Khan
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I know we live in a world that is real and is moved by minds --...
Afghanistan: The Importance of Political Maneuver in Counterinsurgency Operations
by Captain John A. Kendall
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Afghanistan required a different approach yet we failed in our analysis, strategy, and application of resources.
The program should exist independent of contingency operations, remaining instead as an established and enduring military contribution.
Iranian inroads in Africa present a potential new front in the Iranian-US cold war.
Africom Stands Up
by Colonel Robert Killebrew, Small Wars Journal Op-Ed
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On the first day of October, the new United States Africa Command (Africom) became fully...
AFRICOM: Reconstruction and Stability Through the Provincial Reconstruction Team-Enhanced, Enabled by Unity of Command
by Major Derek E. Lane and Dr. David A. Anderson
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After Bin Laden: Confronting the Haqqani Network in Kurram
by Reza Jan
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Information gleaned after the killing of...
American generals who thought that they could talk the President into extending the Surge were sadly mistaken.
This is a follow-up companion piece to the Small War Journal article ‘Give Carl von Clausewitz and the Center of Gravity a Divorce’ July 2, 2013.
Against US World Retrenchment:
An Interview with A. Wess Mitchell
by Octavian Manea
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Has Russia really changed? There are some...
A history and discussion of the Lebanese Shi'a Party of Allah
In civil wars like Syria’s, strength is not necessarily a product of popularity; often strength actually produces popularity because compliance is more important than winning hearts and minds.
In today’s environment, the United States conducts security cooperation efforts to build partnerships and partner capacity in an attempt to “further the U.S. objective of securing a...
Airborne Troops as a Tactical and Operative Military Revolution
by Tal Tovy
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In 1898, Jan Bloch published six...
Critique of recent budget cuts
Are Al Qaeda's piracy and raiding efforts merely disruption tactics or part of a larger strategy for control of the Middle East's waterways?
Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Changing Face of Uzbek Militancy
by Jeffrey Dressler and David Witter
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Is the threat of AQAP overblown and sensationalized?
Once the heart of a bustling Islamic maritime trade the Horn of Africa is now wrought with war, drought, famine, and violent political decay.
This SWJ article compares the British handling of the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) with that of the French in Algeria (1954-1962).
CDR Aboul-Enein reviews Martin Evans' book.
Aligning a Counterinsurgency Strategy for Afghanistan
by Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Millen, Small Wars Journal
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Of all the...
The “U.S. in the Lead” COIN approach usually fails where security force assistance could succeed.
Joseph Collins reviews All In and finds that it lives up to the man that it is about.
Terrorism or Insurgency:
America's Flawed Approach to the Global
War on Terror
by Jon C. Couch
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America is not fighting a global war on terror; rather, it is...
America's Strategic Intent Applied in South Asia
by Lieutenant Colonel Robert R. Scott
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Secretary of Defense Gates, in his prepared...
American Guerrilla: A Review
by Dr. Alfred H. Paddock, Jr.
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In American Guerrilla: The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckmann, Mike Guardia...
To think that America can’t or shouldn’t project its power globally when necessary is a mistake. America’s military struggles in the post-9/11 era have stemmed from improper...
Our National Guard forces should be retooled for asymmetrical warfare and domestic utilization, while our active duty forces should maintain their kinetic combat supremacy.
Expose of the Writings of Dr. Abdel-Raheem Muhammad Ali
An Afghan Nahal?
by Gary Anderson
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It has become an article of faith in the Muslim world to despise Israel, and anything that it has accomplished. But one...
The world must focus on strengthening institutions as it sets about withdrawing from the Afghan conflict.
Why is this new age an age of instability—instead of an age of empires, or warring states, or even peace and prosperity?
The anniversary of the Grenada invasion is a watershed for the United States by putting the Vietnam experience behind it as well as restoring the International respect it had lost over time.