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Excerpted from "The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy" © 2016 by Dante Paradiso, to be published by Beaufort Books (New York).

This paper explores how the similarities between covert action and UW activities have led to a negative perception of UW and lengthy delays in its use.

How many troops are needed to defeat an insurgency? This deceptively innocuous question is laden with political and military peril. The answer is, of course, that it depends...

Iran is destined to remain a “victim” because its leaders have determined it is in their best interest to do so. 

One must ask why Civil Affairs specialists, the purported experts of the civilian domain are so ill-trained and equipped to reconnoiter the civil space?

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Many political analysts and historians referred to the war as one for independence or as a civil war. This characterization is incomplete and contributes to numerous...

Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. We just held our first Hacking for Defense Educators Class with...

The best way to defeat terrorism motivation rooted in religious convictions is not through a continuation of government-sponsored, Madison-Avenue-style advertising and PSYOP...

Galula was a self-made man in various aspects; born into a relatively modest environment, he rose to positions where no one expected him to.

This paper explores current recruiting practices, its shortfalls, and offers solutions tied to a thorough job analysis and restructured recruiting strategy.

Islamic extremist ideology has become a pandemic super-infection resistant to current counter-ideological methodologies.

A red team assessment of Syrian prospects for counterinsurgency written in December of 2015. It is a blueprint for Syrian military, economic, and political success in the...

This monograph is a revision of a paper submitted for consideration during the 2008 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College historical writing competition for CGSC Course...

Mad Scientist # 20: The demand for cybersecurity professionals is exceeding the number available, and some estimate that more than 200,000 positions are currently unfilled....

Mad Scientist # 19: We are losing the cyberwar because cyber defenses apply the wrong philosophy to the wrong operating environment.

Mad Scientist # 18: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the need for strategic broadening and policy education for mid-career Cyberspace leaders.

An Empirical look at drivers of terrorism, ventures to determine whether Abadie’s findings in “Poverty, Political Freedom, and the Roots of Terrorism”...

This essay explores one of the key and most underemphasized components of building successful fighting power, namely the moral component.

Though the training scenario was an imperfect reflection of a real-world UW mission, our success could be replicated in other environments by any ODA.

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El Salvador’s Attorney General is concerned that the maras, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) in particular, are developing armed commando battalions that are designed...

Mad Scientist # 17: The Army is allocating proportional resources to the cyber domain as it is to the success or failure of key weapon systems.

Mad Scientist # 16: The US Army is moving to field the next generation of cyber warfighters, and the need to identify, train, and develop these cyber professionals is...

The US can enable novel gains in the information environment by collecting on, operating in, and collaborating through indigenously produced economic media.

While many of the Army’s great leaders have blossomed on the battlefield without systematic development, there are doctrinal references that define leader development...

A UN departure could cause more than just trouble in terms of quelling rebels. The 20,000 peacekeepers are now a backbone of the nation’s struggling economy.

Small Wars Journal interview with Karsten Friis, Senior Adviser and Head of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs’ Research Group on Security and...

This article uses the C-UAS problem set as a case study to highlight some of the challenges the Army faces responding to the increased use of innovative technologies by our...

An often-overlooked part of the conflict in Southeast Asia, the formation of and lessons learned by the MRF can serve as the groundwork of a future joint riverine force.