An American who spent 16 months in Damascus argues against inserting ourselves in a confusing, conflictual morass.

The doctrine for wargaming during COA analysis falls short for small wars.

To implement mission command successfully, a shared understanding of the environment, problem, and strategic intent must exist with echelons above and below.

Harnessing the Disruptive Mind of the entrepreneur and investor with the System Mind of the military and government at the tactical and strategic level of...

Using visual media to disrupt insurgent formation.

Ultimately, our current strategy in Afghanistan will prove to be costly and unsustainable.  Can we take a new approach molded by the careful study of our enemy?

China's struggle with the Uyghur minority.

COIN, organizational culture, and leadership - how they have interplayed in Afghanistan over the past several decades.

The Army is globally engaged and regionally responsive; it is an indispensible partner and provider of a full range of capabilities to Combatant Commanders in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and...

We have no more real control over conflict (or the universe) than anyone else, in fact, sometimes we now have less.  If we cannot control, we must adapt.

R2P, its historical roots, applications, and its confrontation with the "wicked" problems in Libya and Syria.

Mexico’s war against their drug cartels is a war they cannot win by themselves. Must we take some responsibility?

As sanctions bite and pressure mounts on Assad, Iran steps up its involvement in Iraqi affairs. But how extensive is their influence?

The Army is a learning organization, but it must avoid learning mumbo-jumbo.

The inside story of 9/11 and the war against al Qaida.

Afghans generally haven't seen the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother, but they would love to talk to you about the great things their male relatives are...

Population-centric counterinsurgency?

How operational planners applied military design to a wicked problem set in Afghanistan.

A worthwhile read on Pakistan from the Washington Post's Pamela Constable.

The Lebanese Armed Forces are the strongest institution for national unity.  We should assist them to grow stronger in this mission.

A direct action case study from World War II.

Pop-centric COIN - where from and where to?

In the first of several installments, we take a look at Iranian and Hizballah activities in Latin America.

On Memorial Day, read a tale of significant sacrifice.

Haste makes waste - or how not to push Yemen over the cliff.

Wells?!  No its all ball bearings and aquifer storage and recovery systems now!

Dan Ward asserts that acquisitions take too long.  But no one knows if he is right.

The first part in a series of interviews of leading lights on Iraq and its environs.

Back to the basics of deterrence, diplomacy, and defense to address potential nation-state employment of unconventional weapons?

CDR Aboul-Enein reviews Martin Evans' book.