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
the full article
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...
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?
Don't Try to Arrest the Sea
An Alternative Approach for Afghanistan
by Major Mehar Omar Khan
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Over the last three months that I've spent in...
The American society, along with civilian and military leaders, remain unprepared to deal with the complexities of insurgencies and small wars.
The current US/EU two-track policy on Iran, which includes the imposition of an oil embargo, is not sufficient to break the current nuclear stalemate.
Life-saving training for deploying forces.
Poor performance erodes deterrence just as surely as good performance creates it
An Asymmetric Approach to Yemen
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We are in a war of containment against radical Jihadist Islam, and Yemen is the next campaign in...
The proper question is not what helicopter should the Army be using today, but rather what should the Army be developing for tomorrow.
The Two Sides of Economic and Democratic Change:
An Economic Model of Terrorism & Insurgency
by 1stLt John A. Sautter
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The prevalence of PTSD and mental disorders in weak and failed states is exacerbated by insurgencies, defying efforts break the cycle.
The Army is globally engaged and regionally responsive; it is an indispensible partner and provider of a full range of capabilities to Combatant Commanders in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and...
An Intellectual Genealogy of the Just War
A Survey of Christian Political Thought on the Justification of Warfare
by Keith Gomes, Small Wars Journal
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The Philosophy Behind the Iraq Surge:
An Interview with General Jack Keane
by Octavian Manea
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How would you describe the US Army's...
An Interview with General James T. Conway, USMC
34th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Joint Force Quarterly Interview by David H. Gurney and Jeffrey D. Smotherman
Joint Force Quarterly has kindly...
An Interview with Peter Godwin
by John Noonan
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Sometimes the most effective COIN lessons are found in the strangest of places. Some time ago, while...
Can Soft Power Take The Lead In Iraq?