Hard-won progress in one of Afghanistan’s most violent districts, with warnings from the Afghan National Army for looming decisions about U.S. involvement in the...

Since 2006 exceptionally intense drug-related warfare has plagued Mexico and accumulated a death toll ranging from at least 50,000 to perhaps over 100,000 with an additional...

Is the international system shifting away from one in which technology and organizations hold sway?

The US military’s checkered past with regard to conducting development is evidenced by the recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although DOD’s Counternarcotics & Global Threats Strategy specifies a comprehensive set of goals and objectives associated with combating TOC, it stops...

While the ‘privatisation of peace’ may not be a worldwide phenomenon, it is undeniable that the private military and security sectors have seen a growth in...

The U.S. Department of Defense and supporting intellectual communities are abuzz with discussions about assessment and how it is conducted.

The inability to craft an effective national policy to deal with the surge of left-wing extremism is a subject of intense policy debate and mounting public concern in India...

The Arab Spring spawned a series of revolutionary movements that are unique in that they utilized social media as a means to spread information and promote agendas.

In the near future, in a galaxy not so far away from Planet Earth, millions will march across the battlefields, mercilessly mowing everything in their path. Unlike computers...

The US must shift focus away from the Global War on Terror and prepare for the complexities of the twenty-first century international security environment. 

The study of war, or peace, remains relevant.  But does the study of On War?

The development of female local national security forces are a useful tool in designing culturally appropriate security operations.

This essay discusses warnings our top leaders ignored, the dangers of political correctness, thwarted opportunities to “know our enemy,” and ideas on changing...

The Company Intelligence Support Team (CoIST) can provide great value to their organization by developing refined geographic targets.

US strategy must continue to include a significant element dedicated to irregular warfare to counter likely future threats and retain hard won knowledge and expertise in...

The issue of the Kashmir is important not because of the region itself, but because the dispute involves two nations of strategic interest to the United States.

The last decade has again reminded us that irregular warfare can be every bit as challenging and deadly as conventional wars, even in the maritime setting.

The types of information needed by the military to conduct population-centric counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan shares little in common with intelligence used for...

Sustainable development is a catch phrase, found throughout our modern culture, which does not have a common definition. While these multiple meanings are acceptable within...

Although some theories expound truly universal principles that apply regardless of time or place, others are uniquely suited to a specific strategic context. Attempting to...

Governments are being confronted by hard realities, peace and stability can’t be sustained through the introduction of military power alone. Today’s military...

This article is written as a letter from an insurgent commander to a sub-commander to illuminate the perspective and tools used by insurgent forces to influence and control...

Thinking and Writing About COIN: A Review Essay of Fred Kaplan’s The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.

This article provides insights into the privatization of violence and the legal as well as illegal armed actors’ activities in the new wars.

The war in southern Thailand that began in earnest in 2004 shows no signs of stopping. Critics of the government’s Counterinsurgency (COIN) operations abound.

If only I could speak personally with the old master I would ask him in the first person to give me his opinion as to whether his theory could explain today’s...

Since the inception of the intelligence discipline, there have always been problems associated with the collection and analysis of information.  Several of these...

This article examines Hezbollah's strategy and the evolution of their tactical performance during their insurgency in the security zone in Southern Lebanon between 1985...

This essay examines several COIN case studies to detail lessons and provide recommendations for both policy-makers and warfighters engaged in future conflicts of these and...