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This essay addresses solutions for how the Army can strengthen its landpower in terms of the comprehensible understanding and awareness of the human dimension of the...

How does a nation facing a serious internal threat develop the security institutions needed to protect its populace and what does a modern military force postured to defeat...

As the Army looks to develop concepts on fighting wars in all domains, contributing to what has historically been an Air Force mission is paramount to our success in future...

Considering how resilient Boko Haram has been over the years and the recent spate of attacks, I believe the war is anything but won and has entered a new and much more...

Any performance evaluation to date is probably premature. Nonetheless, early on, there are some good and bad omens.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #29: Vehicular Ramps Used to Bypass Border Fencing

The Navy should seriously consider developing a true maritime civil affairs capability, not only because it is required by Department of Defense policy, but because the...

This paper presents an analytical summary of the Yemeni Republican Guard’s adaptation to changing conditions in Yemen following the 2011 resignation of Ali Abdullah...

Silencing the Middle Class: The Gradual Extinction of Tenure in American Universities

What is done and what should be done? Insights into political-criminal nexuses.

There are some good reasons to increase the U.S. military force level in Syria; but if we do, it should be a short and decisive intervention with a clear goal.

Elevate the study of resistance movements from a scholarly field of interest to a science. Resistance science is a science for everyone, because it addresses issues that...

Understanding and engaging in the human domain is essential if you are trying to change, inform or shape human behavior.

The dual crises for now are: learning how to handle crises as a greenhorn, while deciding whether to give up or retain America’s global primacy.

Why do durable primordial-like identities persist? 

The increased ‘thinning’ of the middle class will mean that those born into the lower class will increasingly have fewer and fewer opportunities to leave it.

Federal countering violent extremism programming is more likely to harm than help build trust. Though well-intentioned, the Obama administration’s CVE strategy was...

SWJ book review of “Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite 1956-1990” by James Stejskal.

13 October 2014: I thought that I might build on the previous essay on how to develop an understanding of war and warfare through the study of military history in width,...

29 May 2015: A Small Wars Journal discussion with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster.

29 March 2014: Reflections on the Continuities in War and Warfare: SWJ Discussion with Major General H.R. McMaster

By mapping the historical development of FARC’s political agenda, this paper addresses how the 2016 Peace Agreement supports facets of the FARC’s political...

This is a draft chapter from a military design book project that the author is working on pursuant to his doctoral degree completion.

This paper provides a survey of lessons learned on military roles in stabilization and reconstruction based on experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeks to highlight...

There were a number of serious problems with the Navy SEAL raid on the 29th of January in Yemen, but at least we know it happened.

How are our allies going to determine what policies to accept or reject, and for how long, as members of the American alliance system?

A partial solution is not expensive, created from exotic materials, or overly glamorous, but rather, an approach that requires only the slightest redirection of priorities....

Plutocratic insurgency represents an emerging form of insurgency not seen since the late 19th century Gilded Age. It is being conducted by high net worth globalized elites....

The Coast Guard offers an established example of what mixed-gender combat units are just beginning to look like.

Line-on-line warfare of the past hasn’t evolved into something completely new; it’s the greater quantity of small action conflict we should burden our minds with...