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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...

Enabling our partners to conduct their own IO. There is no other way to get the message across the cultural divide.

Rebuilding our special reconaissance capability.

Building a unified foreign policy establishment.

American leaders secured victory by reviewing the strategy and making corrections.  Conversely, Tripolitan leaders placed their faith in a comfortable, outdated strategy...

Cann’s book is very much a must read, especially considering the painfully limited Anglophone literature on the Portuguese Overseas War.

While not democracy in the American image, the Arab Spring has the potential to bring Islamists into conflict with jihadists.

The Battle of Chancellorsville ended 150 years ago this week. It still holds lessons for us.

Why acronyms are ruining shared military understanding.

Syria is already in crisis but the death or departure of President Bashar al-Asad is likely to intensify violence and destruction in the country, not quell it.

Combating the marijuana cartels on America’s public lands.

A Q&A with Kirk Sowell of Inside Iraqi Politics.  

The pressures on Yemen are centrifugal rather than centripetal, by which the power of the center is weakened to the benefit of poles of regional power. These centrifugal...