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Islamic State recruiters and leaders residing in Syria and Iraq are now directing attacks in the West, India, and East Asia via “homegrown” extremists.

The Government of Colombia was successful because it adapted to the unique circumstances and challenges posed by each strategic and operational variable.

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....

Islamic terrorism in Europe has again gained media and public attention, amplified by western coalition efforts to defeat the so-called Islamic State.

This paper offers a perspective on the use of Law of Armed Conflict standards vice Criminal Law standards in the context of Columbia's conflict with the FARC and current...

Unconventional methodologies coupled with an understanding of near peer competitors might be our only saving grace to meet the inevitable threats of tomorrow.

The dangers of spear phishing and why it is the most important topic on which an organizational cybersecurity education program should focus.

As a military, we surely need to be honest with ourselves and to policymakers about the best shape and size of the force for the 21st century.

What is the role of allies and alliances in the modern era?  There are four choices for Western governments.

The most effective strategy that Ukraine can select against Russian-backed separatists is a population-centric approach; with targeted utilization of their growing special...

Though both regions have a history that influenced organized crime creation, both has very different histories on organized crime’s enduring legacy.

The Russians have developed a new theory of warfare, and in the future, we can only expect them to perform it more effectively and on an even larger scale.

Russia is neither friend nor foe, but a perennial rival that respects power, not friendship.

This essay examines the Executive Order on protection from foreign terrorist entry into the U.S. from a broader counterinsurgency perspective.

Equipment that relies on GPS coordinates is highly susceptible to being spoofed, jammed, or the subject of malicious interference.

Being celebrated for your race, sex or color has become something expected in the US government - as long as you are not a straight white male.

This essay is an attempt to assess threats to Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNWs) and its nuclear security vulnerability.

Strategy is one function we perform continuously and tacitly, in part because military justice demonstrates Clausewitz’s timeless caveat about simple things...

The best example of a group worthy of our attention, care and support is the northern Syria all-female self-defense unit, the Women's Protection Units (or Women's...

If we add the estimate of approximately 25,000 people missing and/or disappeared as reported by the Mexican government the number of people killed or disappeared since 2007...

In 2008 over half of the world's population lived in urban areas - at that point more of earth’s residents lived in built-up areas than there were people in the...

Editors and foreign policy pundits Joseph Humire and Ilan Berman contend that Iran is leveraging the anti-U.S. sentiment of several leftist countries in the region.

As President Trump inherits the war in Afghanistan, the best piece of advice anyone can give him is that this is about as good as it is going to get.

The grinding work of national security policy in a complex world is made more difficult by fractured politics at home.

A valuable and deeply researched source that provides a rarely-so-comprehensive comparative analysis of civil-military relations across four distinct nations; Canada, Russia...

President Trump's words and those of most of his team indicate a hodgepodge understanding of America’s role in maintaining an international order the world requires...

In 1800, the US was threatened by the Barbary States of Morocco, Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis. Here are some interesting and little known facts about the First Barbary War.

The SCS is developing at an extraordinarily rate and the events that transpire in the region in the next two to three years will be some of the most significant geopolitical...

The DNI and the ODNI have legitimate work to be done and a major effort to rewire the Intelligence Community is not now called for.

The death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Rafsanjani on January 8 will dramatically change Iranian politics.  He was one of the handful of the architects of the fundamentalist...