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As the U.S. charts a way forward in its campaign to combat ISIL, it must not repeat the same mistakes from U.S. whole-of-government operations over the past decade-plus of...

The war against the self-styled Islamic State is beginning to look more and more like the late, unlamented war in Vietnam.

Modern military uniforms simultaneously serve two contradictory purposes—identification and concealment.

The threat posed by ISIL cannot be eradicated in the short term, and the involvement of U.S. ground forces would do little to address the underlying problems.

In the world of anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) discussions the anti-access portion is the stand out issue.

The Military Police Corps continues to be the DOD proponent for the protective service mission in support of our senior military and civilian government leaders abroad.

The violence is spreading, resulting in acute violations of human rights that jeopardize the stability of fragile states.

Starting around 2008 Russia began providing military support to Nicaragua through the provision of funds, equipment and training.

This article argues that the recent resurgence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham gained momentum during the Syrian civil war in 2011.

Understanding how the Islamic State fits the profile of a hybrid threat is integral to the development of unified strategies to counter them.

If you just give the Host Nation (HN) stuff or do stuff for them you become their system.

Have you ever read a military concept or doctrine publication, or an academic or professional paper about warfare or military operations, and wondered how it came to include...

The movement to understand the nature of Unconventional Warfare through the lens of Special Movement Theory is a continuing effort.

What is the purpose of civil-military guidelines?  Who are the authors and their intended audience?  What is the extent of their readership?  How can they help...

Lessons learned from development efforts as well as practitioners’ perspective and observations on the effectiveness of DOD’s efforts to train and advise foreign...

If historical examples are any indicator irregular warfare will remain a part of current and future conflicts.

As we look back on the third anniversary of the death of Qaddafi it is impossible to argue with the President’s self-assessment that his greatest foreign policy error...

What if the U.S. military hasn’t been focusing on the wrong thing the whole time?

The anniversary of the Grenada invasion is a watershed for the United States by putting the Vietnam experience behind it as well as restoring the International respect it had...

Over the past several years the US Army has renewed its focus on mission command and a key component of mission command is the use of mission orders.

No amount of training, no matter how well we train our foreign allies, will be enough to defeat an enemy if there is no fundamental and cultural trust and commitment to that...

Leaders don’t operate in a vacuum; therefore, leadership can more accurately be viewed as an enterprise between the leader and the led.

Varying cases of foreign fighter have shed light on some of the incentives that have driven these individuals to take action and travel to the region.

The officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and the civil unrest that followed has brought the issue of the increased “militarization” of...

The military’s lessons from a decade of war can be particularly useful for a domestic audience facing similar challenges.

It is the author’s view that the country of Colombia has evolved into what can be coined as an intractable conflict with the FARC-EP.

The roots of IS can be traced back to US’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, but its ideology belongs to that of al-Qaeda, the pillar of modern militant Islam.

The core issue at stake is that the propagation of Ebola is rooted in the long standing culture of corruption and the archaic traditional beliefs that still prevail.

In a world of over seven billion people, the human domain and civil concerns on the battlefield are not distracters to be ignored or sidestepped by the military.

With the US increasingly involved in counter-terror operations across the world, terrorist organizations have had to become more flexible and adaptive to their environment....