by Magdalena Defort
July 16, 2013 04:11 PM | Comments (1)
This article provides insights into the privatization of violence and the legal as well as illegal armed actors’ activities in the new wars.
by Dr. Jeff Moore
July 16, 2013 11:36 AM | Comments (1)
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.
by Michael J. Forsyth
July 15, 2013 07:47 AM | Comments (5)
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...
by Aries B. Rebugio
July 12, 2013 08:36 AM | Comments (3)
Since the inception of the intelligence discipline, there have always been problems associated with the collection and analysis of information. Several of these...
by Iver Gabrielsen
July 11, 2013 12:54 PM | Comments (0)
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...
by Martin Myklebust and Tom Ordeman Jr
July 11, 2013 07:44 AM | Comments (21)
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...
by J. Michael "Mike" Young
July 10, 2013 06:27 AM | Comments (6)
A lot of people focus on the annual budget figures of DOD. Not many realize DOD spends just south of $1T annually because of previous year appropriations. This is like...
by William Sheridan Combes
July 9, 2013 07:00 AM | Comments (2)
Few nations have sought to take a more comprehensive and non-violent approach to tackling violent extremism. Authorities label these programs as countering violent...
by EM Burlingame
July 8, 2013 04:12 AM | Comments (41)
The United States Special Operations Command is currently reorganizing itself as it shifts from conducting kinetic warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq to conducting population-...
by Jason Thomas
July 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (2)
Avoid the Charlie Wilson complex: guilt over the cries of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’ and deciding not to spend billions more of taxpayer’s money on...
by Phil Reynolds
July 3, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (3)
The traditional military decision making process with its locked, vertical communication processes will be too slow to be completely effective in the face of the fast pace of...
by Dale C. Eikmeier
July 2, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (21)
Because we love Carl von Clausewitz and the center of gravity concept, we need to grant them a divorce- for our sake.
by Robert Tollast
July 1, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (0)
As Iraq appears to unravel, it is only right to continue the debate about counterinsurgency, the appropriate application of landpower, and the expanding role of Special...
by Michael C. Sevcik
June 28, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (4)
Danish philosopher Kierkegaard noted almost 200 years ago, “There are only two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse...
by D. Stiegman
June 28, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (0)
Part One of this series examined conflicts in Asia while Part Two explored Middle East conflicts. Part Three focuses on conflicts closer to home in the Western...
by Paul Rexton Kan
June 27, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (2)
The potential for this cyber war in the underworld to expand or to spill out into real world violence is high.
by John R. Deni
June 26, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (2)
If there is one thing the United States military has come to value over the last decade of war – perhaps the only thing – it is having interoperable coalition...
by Bill McCollum and Matthew W. Broaddus
June 25, 2013 02:35 AM | Comments (2)
Do you improve your organization, or detract from its success?
by James Howcroft
June 25, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (5)
While we pay lip service to ‘partnership’, the US military is still used to being the dominant player. This ‘reality’ is changing.
by Chris Paparone
June 24, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (8)
This essay seeks to de-literalize the word strategy—theorizing that its meaning has been morphologically displaced from an ancient Greek wartime phenomenon.
by Ryan Scadlock
June 21, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (0)
Despite the media hype, the Druze and Alawi communities are not likely to seek rule of minority cantons in the south or west of the country, while the Kurds are likely to...
by Thomas Feeney and Ross Hertlein
June 21, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (1)
At present, for every US Soldier there is at least one 20-foot container of equipment in Afghanistan; a quantity that cannot be overemphasized as our military begins to face...
June 21, 2013 02:25 AM | Comments (4)
Part One of this series covered conflicts in Asia that the U.S. military must consider as it turns its focus toward the future. Part Two will investigate two conflicts...
by Joseph Cheravitch
June 20, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (3)
While impressive on paper, in practice the NSR is a hollow concept that will not translate into any substantial economic benefits for Central Asians, Afghans, or Pakistanis...
by James D. Fielder
June 19, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (0)
Conventional and cyber conflict diffusion diverge on two points: third-party intervention (escalation) and collateral damage (pathogen). The...
by Peter J. Munson
June 18, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments (4)
Beware the lure of "credibility."
by Christopher G. Ingram
June 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (4)
Counterinsurgency is often a small-unit battle, with company-sized elements requiring organic intelligence capabilities to leverage information into tactical success.
by Thomas M. Williams
June 17, 2013 08:00 AM | Comments (3)
Building a culture that accepts risk requires frank discussion about what words mean and how they translate into action. The Battle of Bunker Hill provides excellent...
by Grant Martin
June 17, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (9)
Today SOF are being asked to do more than ever before and with increasingly vague and hubristic-sounding missions and concepts. New paradigms are needed.
by Dave Shunk
June 14, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments (2)
A lesson for today’s Army and the next twenty years.