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While impressive on paper, in practice the NSR is a hollow concept that will not translate into any substantial economic benefits for Central Asians, Afghans, or Pakistanis...

Conventional and cyber conflict diffusion diverge on two points:  third-party intervention (escalation) and collateral damage (pathogen).  The...

Beware the lure of "credibility."

Counterinsurgency is often a small-unit battle, with company-sized elements requiring organic intelligence capabilities to leverage information into tactical success.

Building a culture that accepts risk requires frank discussion about what words mean and how they translate into action. The Battle of Bunker Hill provides excellent...

Today SOF are being asked to do more than ever before and with increasingly vague and hubristic-sounding missions and concepts. New paradigms are needed.

A lesson for today’s Army and the next twenty years.

If critical issues are not dealt with prior to 2014, they most likely will result in Afghanistan’s returning to a state of civil war or a highly dysfunctional...

For the U.S. military to restructure and prepare for the future it must look at large formal armies that are currently using proxies to engage in small conflicts that...

The Eid statements demonstrate an increasing sophistication in strategic messaging and understanding of international politics.

Sequestration is a once in a generation opportunity to address the changes needed to take the US military to the next level of capability. 

As contemporary North African societies continue to re-arrange themselves , one of the enduring dilemmas that continues to rise to the fore is what has been described as...

A PME training module on chess is good for the U.S. military, provides the U.S. military workforce with diverse and transferable skill-sets.

Our doctrine overlooks the essence of war as a human enterprise.  This article explores how to rectify this within the context of supporting the evolution of the U....

In civil wars like Syria’s, strength is not necessarily a product of popularity; often strength actually produces popularity because compliance is...

A national standard from which to identify individuals who have left these footprints and are on the path to becoming violent would be invaluable to law enforcement,...

Comparing the final days of the Communist Regime in Afghanistan with America’s drawdown.

Together the tribe bears the burdens of war, while the American Soldier reflects in solitude, wondering who he truly is and how he can ever belong.

Shared sacrifice often leads to innovative solutions that make operations more efficient.   This requires openness to bottom-up communication.

The outcome of the fighting in this part of the country will greatly influence the outcome of the whole conflict.

Some of the major “lessons learned” by ISAF while conducting Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations in Afghanistan

The difference between intelligence and information is analysis.

If the Joint Chiefs only learned about the withdrawal scheme a mere few hours before the State of the Union was given, then it is appropriate to question whether the state of...

Integrating strategic foresight tools into Joint Professional Military Education curricula will help develop an appreciation for the nonlinearity, complexity, and uncertainty...

Twelve academics at the American University of Cairo admit that the events of 2011, now called the Arab Spring, caught them unprepared

Does “the infantryman’s half kilometer” continue to have utility in an all-purpose service rifle in modern conflict?

The Army has an unfortunate tradition of considering insurgent conflict a sideshow effort and relegating the study of insurgencies to the fringes of military science. The...

The threat exists and continues to operate. But more importantly we must understand that it is waging unconventional warfare and only using terrorism as one of the means of...

The failure to understand and appreciate the religious dimension of political action is not without consequence.

In the book’s final chapter, Kaplan warns America’s pivot to Asia may overlook its greatest foreign policy opportunity: building an enduring partnership with...