- The Strategy of Hybrid Warfare by Octavian Manea
SWJ discussion with Alexander Lanoszka, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College.
- To Beat ISIS, We Ought to Try Robotskrieg by Gary Anderson
If we aren’t willing to use American infantry against ISIS, perhaps we might consider using robots.
- A View from Afghanistan by Jérôme Diaz
Interview with Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
- Unmanned Systems in Support of Future Medical Operations in Dense Urban Environments by Nathan Fisher and Gary R. Gilbert
The growing planned use of UMS and robotics on the future battlefield affords both great opportunities and challenges to far future medical operations.
- Cyber Resiliency: Bridging a Cyber Capability Gap in 2025 by Matthew Hutchison, Frederick Waage and Dan Bennett
The Army must develop a holistic solution to Army-wide cyber resiliency and hardening of electronic systems to address our current cyber capability gap.
- America’s Unacknowledged Insurgency: Addressing Street Gangs as Threats to National Security by Darren E. Tromblay
While it contends with the Islamic State and al-Qaida an insurgency intent on challenging the sovereignty of the U.S. government is already here.
- Paradigm Shift: Turning an Attack Team into a Scout Team by John Commerford
In dispute is how to make attack pilots trained in and flying in an aircraft designed for an attack mission into aerial scouts.
- On Talent Management and Mentorship by Jim Perkins, Chevy Cook and Ralph Hernandez
On the surface, facilitating mentoring seems very simple, but even establishing a common definition is a significant challenge.
- On Winning Hearts and Minds: Key Conditions for Population-Centric COIN by Gregory D. Miller
We can become so preoccupied with how to win over the population we fail to ask when attempting to do so is even appropriate.
- Operational Environment Implications of the Megacity to the US Army by Darryl Ward
In order to predict future impacts of megacities to the US Army, the global drivers and trends leading to megacity development must be identified.
- Mad Scientist Update by SWJ Editors
Continue on for a TRADOC G-2 / Small Wars Journal "Mad Scientist" call for papers update.
- The West’s Freedom Problem and the Root of Islamic Militancy by Mbaye Bashir Lo
This is a world of closely-knit communities. It signals the end of closed border politics, the irrelevance of the politics of containment and the risks of double-standard politics.
- SOF’s Cyber FRINGE by Patrick Duggan
Every SOF practitioner will be required to understand the basics of cyberspace, computers, and coding because they’ll need those skills to conduct cyber special operations.
- Weighing the Strategic Impact of Killing Civilians in Counter-Militancy by Andrew Kenealy
How do we measure the on-the-ground costs of taking civilian lives?
- Stability Operations: Lessons from Afghanistan by Charles Barham
This paper seeks to identify lessons from the Afghanistan “COIN Development” experience at the strategic level.
- Technical Challenges for Simulation and Training in Megacities by Jon Watkins and Chuck Campbell
The latest in the TRADOC G-2 / SWJ Mad Scientist call for papers series.
- General Zinni's Considerations Revisited (Again) by Dave Dilegge
I first posted this short piece at the Urban Operations Journal on 28 February 2003 and reposted it here at SWJ on 17 December 2007. Here are the considerations, again.
- Innovating the Right Way by Kevin Duffy
The defense establishment must embrace the energy and ideas already being produced and provide a way for them to have real impact - an innovation program that seeks true offsets.
- Extremism in Britain: An Old-New Phenomenon by Stefano Bonino
Intolerant individuals advancing an extremist Islamist agenda entered the British landscape long before the global rise of al-Qaeda and, later, the Islamic State.
- Putin’s Prospects: Vladimir Putin’s Decision-Making Through the Lens of Prospect Theory by Brian Lampert
Risky gambles or sure bets? Understanding how and why Putin makes decisions regarding the use of Russian power abroad continues to challenge outside observers.
- The Challenge of the U.S.-Mexico Border by Jay Gilhooly
To better understand the challenges of securing the border, this article analyzes the Border States environment, the human element, and then look towards the future.
- Megacities: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Russell W. Glenn
Megacities are sure to challenge every member of a coalition. How these urban areas might do so in the intelligence realm in the near future is the primary focus of...
- How to Hold or Take a Big City -- Seven Lines of Effort by Geoffrey Demarest
This "Mad Scientist" essay proposes adoption of a specific planning framework for urban operations.
- “TRAuma Care In a Rucksack” (TRACIR), a Disruptive Technology Concept by Jan Berkow and Ron Poropatich
This "Mad Scientist" essay posits that Tactical Combat Casualty Care capabilities must undergo disruptive changes that enable the development of an “intelligent” TCCC platform.
- U.S. Army Mega City Operations: Enduring Principles and Innovative Technologies by Frank Prautzsch
The latest in the “Mad Scientist” series - By 2050, urbanization will arguably be the most consequential event in the history of mankind.
- Megacities and Dense Urban Environments: Obstacle or Opportunity? by Dawn A. Morrison and Colin D. Wood
"Mad Scientist" series - Megacities and dense urban environments are firmly on the horizon as likely and potential environments for future warfare and humanitarian engagements.
- Communications in Sub- and Superterranean Structures by Dylan Farley
Urban areas present diverse challenges and one issue is communications. Communications that could be easy in other environments become remarkably more challenging in urban terrain.
- Socratic Warfighters: Courage in the Grey Zone by Doyle Quiggle
Today’s non-warfighters have largely forgotten that Western civilization’s art and style of thinking was invented by a grunt, a decorated hero, a veteran of three wars—Socrates.
- Anticipating Megacity Responses to Shocks: Using Urban Integration and Connectedness to Assess Resilience by Shade T. Shutters, Wes Herche and Erin King
“Mad Scientist” series - It is critical that we understand complex systems. This requires embracing a complex adaptive systems framework focused on urban networks.
- Using the Internet of Things to Gain and Maintain Situational Awareness in Dense Urban Environments and Mega Cities by Alfred C. Crane and Richard Peeke
“Mad Scientist” series - It may prove beneficial to leverage the IOT in order to provide our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines the decisive advantage needed to fight and win.