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As the Army continues to draw down, the reality of an uncertain and complex future environment prevents the traditional post-war reset from occurring.

It is interesting to note that in a time of a political crisis the governments of modern democracies will often act in defiance of their usually liberal agendas to impose...

While this article provides an overview of Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s HUMINT, it is important to acknowledge that there are many different types of intelligence...

The fundamental problem at the heart of the Doctrine 2015 effort was this attempt to rebuild within a few years what had previously taken generations to assemble.

Leadership and ideology seem to be practically immune to drone strikes; hence making them a "super bug" that is not deterred by threats of strikes or undermined by...

Despite criticism from pundits, President Santos has pragmatically led Colombia through a difficult era, and currently has it poised to reach a lasting internal peace.

An AAR can do more than simply identify simplistic lessons learned in training or on the battlefield - it is an opportunity to develop a more cohesive team.

The USAF’s fighter procurement plan puts Combat Air Forces on a pathway to become smaller, less capable, and less relevant to the challenges...

By examining Japan’s history and culture, this paper seeks to understand why the Yasukuni Shrine burdens Japan’s relationship particularly with the Republic of...

The Army must institute an evaluation system that offers promotion boards more information on each candidate’s performance and potential that is independent from the...

The War on Terror has been coined our era’s Vietnam and there has been no shortage of opinions on how similar or different Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation...

Our team has spent the last four months studying ungoverned spaces and the unique characteristics that will impact potential future operations and has initiated a network...

With the sequester in effect, there must be a shift in the Army to transition to a Total Army training plan in order to synchronize its efforts and formulate synergy.

Erdoğan and the PKK see opportunities in renewed struggle, sidelining the threat of ISIS.

Interview with Commander (rtd) Steve Tatham, PhD, RN, Director of Operations at IOTA-Global Ltd, a specialist civilian Information Operations company.

Soldier efficiency should be a cornerstone of capabilities development in the Army.  The importance of Soldier efficiency will only grow as a smaller segment of society...

This paper examines the conduct of the Afghanistan War under the Barack Obama administration and offers policy recommendations for the president.

The cyber domain is a 'forest' dense with complications and operational implications. Cyber black swan events will happen; we must prepare to deal with them.

The Provisional Irish Republican Army lost the support of Catholics in Northern Ireland because the scope of its operations escalated the level of violence to a state that...

Human domain maps are just as critical to 21st century warfare as terrestrial maps. This article demonstrates the importance of these human domain maps.

War is nonlinear. The implications of this statement should shape our understanding of war’s nature, and the role of its unpredictability in our planning process.

The national military strategy showcases innovation as one of three mechanisms to retain our comparative advantage in a complex future environment.

To address the national security challenges involving land power it is imperative for increased discipline and innovation to solve complex problems while simultaneously...

Interview with Dr. Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs and academic director of the  Transnational Security concentration of the MS in Global Affairs program at...

This article examines the current and emerging security situation faced by Mexico’s petro-energy sector.

The conflict between Georgia and Russia over Abkhazia and South Ossetia provide a number of valuable and relevant lessons for international organizations and the...

The new military COIN doctrine articulated in December 2006 had been applied to the surge in Iraq with some success, and it was being applied in Afghanistan under General...

As China’s economic might has grown, so has its ability and inclination to use national power and influence to advance its geopolitical ends.

A recent National Defense University article titled “Rapid Regeneration of Irregular Warfare Capacity” identifies some pitfalls with the elimination of irregular...

The overall purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the contemporary hybrid warfare employed by Russia in Ukraine and determine which elements have been most critical for...