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“Paper Tiger (noun): one that is outwardly powerful or dangerous but inwardly weak or ineffectual” -Merriam-Webster.com

Skilled armies sometimes choose to emphasize attrition over maneuver warfare because circumstances warrant such decisions.

This paper identifies challenges faced by Geographic Combatant Commanders when operating as part of a multinational force or an interagency team.

What might really be interesting but hidden within the various conceptions of gray zone conflict, ambiguous warfare, political warfare, and their ilk.

The US-led Coalition adjusted its logistics strategy, setting out to create an Afghan system based on the model of “pull” sustainment. The Afghans  were, and...

Bloodbath on the beaches: The Mexican drug gangs riding on JET SKIS to blast victims ‘James Bond-style’.

“Mad Scientist” series - As the US Army considers the challenges of operating in dense urban areas, leadership requires a basic understanding of the operating...

“Mad Scientist” series - It may prove beneficial to leverage the IOT in order to provide our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines the decisive advantage needed...

“Mad Scientist” series - It is critical that we understand complex systems.  This requires embracing a complex adaptive systems framework focused on urban...

Today’s non-warfighters have largely forgotten that Western civilization’s art and style of thinking was invented by a grunt, a decorated hero, a veteran of three...

Urban areas present diverse challenges and one issue is communications. Communications that could be easy in other environments become remarkably more challenging in urban...

"Mad Scientist" series - Megacities and dense urban environments are firmly on the horizon as likely and potential environments for future warfare and humanitarian...

The latest in the “Mad Scientist” series - By 2050, urbanization will arguably be the most consequential event in the history of mankind.

This "Mad Scientist" essay posits that Tactical Combat Casualty Care capabilities must undergo disruptive changes that enable the development of an “...

This "Mad Scientist" essay proposes adoption of a specific planning framework for urban operations.  

Megacities are sure to challenge every member of a coalition. How these urban areas might do so in the intelligence realm in the near future is the primary focus of this...

To better understand the challenges of securing the border, this article analyzes the Border States environment, the human element, and then look towards the future.

Risky gambles or sure bets? Understanding how and why Putin makes decisions regarding the use of Russian power abroad continues to challenge outside observers.

Intolerant individuals advancing an extremist Islamist agenda entered the British landscape long before the global rise of al-Qaeda and, later, the Islamic State.

The defense establishment must embrace the energy and ideas already being produced and provide a way for them to have real impact - an innovation program that seeks true...

I first posted this short piece at the Urban Operations Journal on 28 February 2003 and reposted it here at SWJ on 17 December 2007. Here are the considerations, again.

The latest in the TRADOC G-2 / SWJ Mad Scientist call for papers series.

This paper seeks to identify lessons from the Afghanistan “COIN Development” experience at the strategic level.

How do we measure the on-the-ground costs of taking civilian lives?

Every SOF practitioner will be required to understand the basics of cyberspace, computers, and coding because they’ll need those skills to conduct cyber special...

This is a world of closely-knit communities. It signals the end of closed border politics, the irrelevance of the politics of containment and the risks of double-standard...

Continue on for a TRADOC G-2 / Small Wars Journal "Mad Scientist" call for papers update.

In order to predict future impacts of megacities to the US Army, the global drivers and trends leading to megacity development must be identified.

We can become so preoccupied with how to win over the population we fail to ask when attempting to do so is even appropriate.

On the surface, facilitating mentoring seems very simple, but even establishing a common definition is a significant challenge.