- Social Media in an Army Brigade: One Year of Learning by Mick Ryan
As with all commanders, I had given much thought to the key areas of focus that would support us in building combined arms close combat competencies at various levels within...
- On Self-Declared Caliph Ibrahim’s December 2015 Speech: Further Evidence for Critical Vulnerabilities in the Crumbling Caliphate by Paul Kamolnick
Like his May 2015 address, al-Baghdadi again illogically and illicitly reduces the entirety of Islam as a religious faith to a single act--fighting.
- Culture and Coercion: Revisiting the Kosovo War by Josh Wiitala
While power is the substance of international relations, culture is a significant part of the overall picture that must not be either overlooked or over-emphasized.
- Deterring Chinese Aggression by Nathan Jennings
The U.S., and its peerless military in particular, should begin deploying diverse and scalable elements of national power to promote coalitions to deter Chinese aggression.
- New Year Message to Agamemnon (Don’t Shoot the Messenger) by Sergio Miller
There has been a significant devaluation of the relationship between those responsible for setting and executing strategy and those providing intelligence and assessment supporting strategy.
- Man, Computer, and Special Warfare by Patrick Duggan
Man-machine teaming is inexorable and Special Warfare needs a blueprint to transform along with it.
- Shifting Focus from U.S. Technological Dominance to U.S.-Allied Dominance by Elizabeth Royall
The DoD should shift from predominant reliance on high-technology empowered U.S. military dominance towards prioritization of U.S.-Allied dominance.
- The Continuing Need for a Special Relationship with the United Kingdom by Daniel E. Ward
Only through coordination and collaboration with trusted, close-knit allies, can the United States expect to maintain and develop its own national security.
- Covert Intelligence versus the American Body Politic? by Joshua A. Perkins
Should covert intelligence agencies and organizations within an open government and society, like the United States, be treated as anathema to the Body Politic?
- The New Generation of Operational Concepts by George M. Gross
Does the shift in the language of concept development from the operational concept to the joint operating concept make the former term obsolete or does it leave out something important?
- A Revolution in Military Affairs versus “Evolution”: When Machines are Smart Enough! by Tom Keeley
A future capability that is explained in this paper is that machines will have the ability to remove humans from the real-time decision-making loop.
- Ruling the Kingdom: US Agency in the Saudi Arabian Nuclear Proliferation Puzzle by Peter J. Kalogiros
Existing US security assurances and other means coupled with modest policy adjustments are sufficient to compel the Kingdom to forego nuclear proliferation ambitions.
- Time for a Comprehensive Strategy Against Islamic Terrorism in 2016 by Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy
The so-called IS is experiencing some loss of key personnel and territory under US and EU bombardment and Iraqi army advances. But those extremists are adapting to the changing conditions.
- Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy - A Book Review by James King
Contrary to what the subtitle says you will not learn to “think like the enemy” by reading the book Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy by...
- Assessing New Frontiers: Methamphetamines and the Emerging China-Mexico Connection by Roger J. Chin
Transnational criminal enterprises are now forging alliances in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operation with the intention of increasing income, influence, and power.
- Review of Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and The New Politics of Latin America by Robert Bunker
In summation, this is an excellent work derived from a number of years of intimate interviews and field reports conducted by Grillo.
- Maintaining the Operational Reserve by Brad Striegel
The persistent use of RC forces is referred to as the Operational Reserve. For the last several years there has been much debate on what the OR is, or is...
- Driving India Into the Arms of the Dragon by E. John Teichert
American strategy must consider the potential to prompt a deterioration of the relationship between the United States and India and foster a partnership between China and India.
- Whence Islam? by G. Murphy Donovan
The politics and theology of Muslims is now the dominant source of global instability; although any separation of the two is moot in most nations with an Islamic majority.
- The Mysterious Case of the Islamic State Organization (ISO) Smiling Martyr--Solved by Paul Kamolnick
Allah versus the ISO’s fraudulent martyrdom - a fraud that is sinful at many levels.
- Airpower: Just Part of the Counterinsurgency Equation by Christopher A. Lawrence
I am struggling to think of a single insurgency that was defeated by airpower, primarily defeated by airpower, or even seriously undermined by airpower.
- Cyber Talent for Unified Land Operations by Rodney D. Harris and Jeffrey D. Morris
People have always given our Nation and our Army the competitive advantage. In the Cyber Domain, the people continue to be the central factor to our success.
- The Convoluted Coalition Against ISIS by James Emery
Egos and agendas are destroying the prospect for a powerful alliance against ISIS.
- Reframing the Debate: How Rethinking Special Forces Physical Fitness Standards Can Address the Unconventional Warfare Capability Gap by Rory O’Connor
The true goal of Special Forces physical training should reflect that which was sought by the OSS—complete confidence to handle uncertainty.
- The Country Club Jihad: A Study of North American Radicalization by Alex Reese
This research paper examines four cells of individuals, both rooted in society and of a high socio-economic status, whose members have radicalized within North America.
- Targeting American Terrorists with Drones: Efficient, But Legal? by Jan Schwarzenberg
Are American terrorists considered combatants if not in an active combat zone engaging U.S. forces on the ground and should they be accorded additional consideration before being targeted?
- Statecraft, Strategy, and Ethics: A Noetic Trinity by Gregory D. Foster
Statecraft stands apart as a more elevated undertaking than politics... statecraft is fundamentally a strategic enterprise, while strategy in turn is... an ethical enterprise.
- The Easter Offensive of 1972: A Failure to Use Intelligence by W. R. Baker
Like the Battle of the Bulge, the 1972 Easter Offensive has often been referred to as an intelligence failure because it caught the U.S. and S. Vietnam completely by surprise.
- Vetting, Assimilation and Terrorism by Virginia Byers
America has been ignoring the overall threat that has been attacking her people since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
- The Responsibility to Protect: Getting the Law Right Matters by Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.
Lawyers like to say that “bad facts make bad law” – and that could be at play here.
- Law of Armed Conflict, Attribution, and the Challenges of Deterring Cyber-attacks by Joshua Tromp
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.
- COIN Logistics: Let’s Do Camels by Michael Chandler
Kilcullen has six maxims to manage company-level COIN operations, and for me the most interesting one of the six is “travel light, and harden your combat service support.”