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At the end of the Vietnam War the U.S. Army was in disarray. Racial animosities, drug abuse and rebellious attitudes caused CSA Creighton Abrams to reorganize the way the...

This essay focuses on noteworthy contributions that are essential for the operational artist to “better understand the problem or problems at hand.”

Continue on for a short excerpt and a link to this 31 October 2007 SWJ article. It is Small Wars Journal’s most read piece.

While frustrating to some, the United States’ increasing inability to dictate preferred outcomes should come as no surprise.

As past demobilization efforts show, significant segments of non-state armed actors who are supposed to disarm simply move on from ideologically inspired violence to...

Three nations in Central America’s Northern Triangle have implemented an integrated, multinational task force to combat the threat from gangs.

The United States has failed to appropriately respond to the gray zone so far, so what should the new administration strive for?

Are successful international companies and drug cartels so different after all? Apparently not.

The 2015 prison escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman demonstrated the degree to which Mexican drug cartels have penetrated a key institution of state control.

On Dr. Simpson’s excellent arguments, there is one that I must take exception to and I ask this question: If a President Trump will not listen to General Mattis to whom...

Military regulation and creativity are strange bedfellows. This is the second part of a three part series.

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Military regulation and creativity are strange bedfellows. This is the first part of a three part series.

Operationalizing cyber is not about linear thinking and lines of operation.

Presumption comes before the fall in sport and war. Trash talking never won a real fight in the real world. Adult leadership always matters.

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If I could recommend one book to the Trump Transition Team it would be Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon’s The Art of Peace: Engaging in Complex World.

Secrets are the knowable unknowns and mysteries are the secrets that might never be known, or at least not until disaster strikes.

An annual SWJ Veterans Day post by the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. First published in 2012.

I still wish I could’ve done more but I did what I could given the time, resources, and understanding (by our leaders) available.  I say this in order to share the...

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Interview with Professor Stathis Kalyvas conducted during the Nafplio Olympia Summer Academy, Summer 2016, Greece.

A great source of frustration when reading current US Army doctrine, specifically ADP 3-0 Unified Land Operations, is the lack of a definitive characterization of...

Policymakers would be well-advised to make appropriate preparations and take necessary initiatives rather than wait for another Pearl Harbor or 9/11 to jolt the country into...

This is not an all-inclusive how-to guide to developing a learning institution, but should serve as a springboard for any leader looking at taking their organization in a...

Even as coalition forces mass on the suburbs of Mosul and prepare their assault on the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq, strategic planners are far from declaring victory...

The emergence of gray tactics in cyber operations, their utility as a political instrument, and reasons that twilight zone conflicts are no longer a mere science fiction...

Contract agreements between the two countries are far-reaching and encompass trade, investment, agriculture, technology, and defense.

Uncertainty has led to a proliferation of definitions for Russian hybrid operations, including such terms as ambiguous warfare, grey warfare, non-conventional warfare, and...

NATO is one of the bulwarks of strength to avert war, as long as the commitment of its members to honor Article V is believed by any potential threat.