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President Trump's words and those of most of his team indicate a hodgepodge understanding of America’s role in maintaining an international order the world requires...

In 1800, the US was threatened by the Barbary States of Morocco, Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis. Here are some interesting and little known facts about the First Barbary War.

The SCS is developing at an extraordinarily rate and the events that transpire in the region in the next two to three years will be some of the most significant geopolitical...

The DNI and the ODNI have legitimate work to be done and a major effort to rewire the Intelligence Community is not now called for.

The death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Rafsanjani on January 8 will dramatically change Iranian politics.  He was one of the handful of the architects of the fundamentalist...

The sixth anniversary of The Arab Spring has come and gone, but not many people noticed. One of the main reasons was its utter failure to create either a stable, democratic,...

The Army will remain the only organization in our nation’s national security arsenal that enables the competent projection of national power to directly influence human...

The cause of Iraq’s troubles - the single event without which the hideous mutilation of today would never have occurred - was a 1958 coup d’état....

Western scholars have seemed reluctant to engage with Chechnya as a COIN success. Such hesitancy may be partly due to the extreme unpalatability of Russian tactics.

SWJ discussion with Daniel R. Green and William F. Mullen III, the authors of "Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with al-Qaeda".

Doran offers a persuasive and riveting revisionist history of President Eisenhower’s foreign policy approach to the Middle East.

Soft power is an expansive concept, and every one of Mr. Trump’s immature tweets stands to lessen U.S. credibility as the example of a moral force.

Part Four of Four of “What’s Wrong with SOCOM?”

The Mabus priorities have been making the naval services more caring, inclusive, and environmentally protective.

Have received some great entries so far - soliciting more for the SWJ-MWG writing contest. Continue on for all the details.

Part III of IV of “What’s Wrong with SOCOM?”

Part II of IV of “What’s Wrong With SOCOM?”

Just under three weeks left - continue on for all the details.

As the threat and effect of psychological warfare becomes more pronounced in cyberspace, policymakers must address this burgeoning security threat.

Part I: JSOC Winning the War Against White SOF and the Problems Massive Bureaucracy Gets You in the Conduct of Irregular Warfare

The new career course model is ultimately detrimental to the Special Forces Regiment. It deprives SF captains of some of the best training the Army has to offer.

Japan’s defeat at Guadalcanal was led by its “closed systems,” the military culture of Gekukojo, and a military strategy dismissive of operational...

The United States should petition a reclassification of perfidy from the United Nations to ensure the legal protections and force protection of SOF while conducting...

As the Mosul operation grinds forward, it is vitally important for the US and its allies to double down on their commitment to supporting the Iraqi Army and the Counter...

Operation Whirlwind: A paper simulation of the Soviet assault on Budapest designed by prolific wargame designer Brian Train.

Human factors in military operations must become a central consideration in Joint Force campaign planning and execution.

Scales on War exposes the reader to the ground truths and mortal realities of the politically unfavoured means and the un-pretty practice of dismounted close combat...

Trump's election has already forced the United States’ European allies to contemplate a future where the United States might no longer underwrite Europe’s...

SOUTHCOM’s diplomatic actions are effective because it can operate at both ends of the spectrum within the realm of coercive diplomacy.

This paper was prepared in early 2010, when it might still have been possible to advance an agenda for a diversified private sector in Iraq.  We missed our opportunity...