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It is time to recognize the central problem and to understand that nuclear weapons and human suffering are the result of one thing:  the existence of the Kim Family...

On-going research on “mega-cities” highlights aspects of large, unplanned cities that make them an operational challenge.

An Army culture that valued robust formations with overwhelming resources must now transform into a culture that embraces the reorganization of the current operational force...

Tony M. Kail, Narco-Cults:...

We should recognize that the enemies we fought in Afghanistan and Iraq possessed many advantages, including a level of freedom and knowledge that we sometimes ignore.

Today’s terrorist organizations more resemble organized criminal organizations rather than the strictly political or military organizations they once were.

How can we be at war with an ideology, what is it that attracts its members, and can an ideology really be combated?

The acquisition of Unmanned Aerial Systems by non-state actors will require U.S. forces to modify operational procedures in an approaching era of ubiquitous surveillance.

The most dangerous problem in Libya is the spread of an ISIS-led insurgency that threatens to undermine the stability of the entire region.

The demands on the Active Component necessitates Security Cooperation solutions with the breadth of scope and malleability that can only be optimized by incorporating the US...

Unless the Federal Government of Somalia is able to arrive at a political solution and consolidate control of the country future military victories on the battlefield will...

Chapter One, Genesis: Day & Night

The once-praised concept known as population-centric counterinsurgency, typically abbreviated simply as "COIN", has fallen on hard times.

A review of Thieves of State: How Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes.

Fifteen police officers were killed in a ‘military-style’ ambush in Jalisco on 6 April 2015. The attack resulted in the highest death toll in a single attack...

The current military approach relegates narratives to a supporting communications effort. Inasmuch, the US military continues to struggle with employing information as an...

Writing and advice in the military often focus on key developmental positions – even though we spend most of our time on staff or broadening assignments.

If training and using allies continues as the US way of war, then the latest generation of US Advisors should add Vegetius to their bookshelves.

Emili J. Blasco, a Washington correspondent for ABC Spain, authored a groundbreaking new book focusing on the corruption in Venezuelan politics.

This article examines how the analytical methods developed during World War II influenced future military intelligence analysis in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Those of us focused on the narrative battle are pretty much in agreement about one thing: we are losing. We are losing badly.

The use of qualitative analysis within the Army intelligence community can help remedy certain capability gaps in obtaining locally nuanced information.

Many pundits and politicians decry America and the Obama administration’s lack of a strategy on how to deal with the ISIS. 

The real issue is whether the Mexican public and authorities can tolerate such a setback.

For a variety of reasons, policymakers are increasingly enamored with special operations forces (SOF) and risk damaging not only the future credibility of the forces but also...

A workshop on ‘Proxy Actors, Psyops & Irregular Forces: The Future of Modern Warfare?’ was held by The Scottish Centre for War Studies, University of Glasgow...

The United States’ military must find a way to accomplish its strategic objectives during wars among populations.

While lessons learned from the Battle of Fallujah have replaced the lectures on the Battle of Waterloo its relevance in interacting with multinational coalitions during joint...

It is widely acknowledged that ISIS is enormously sophisticated in its use of Social Media. It is also widely acknowledged that they have had great success recruiting...

The Epic Journey of Uruguay’s Tupamaros