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Defense in an Age of Austerity: 2022 by Neoptolemus Download the Full Article:...

The Philosophy Behind the Iraq Surge: An Interview with General Jack Keane by Octavian Manea ...

Small Wars Journal Vol. 7, No. 3 is now available.  It presents a few new (as of 31 Mar) articles...

To Design or Not to Design (Part Four): Taking Lines out of Non-Linear; How Design Must Escape 'Tacticization' Bias of Military Culture...

Shaping a Culture of Privacy in the DoD by Michael E. Reheuser Download The Full Article:...

Simply a Nirvana Fallacy: Seeing Everything from the Prism of Islamic Extremism in Afghanistan by Metin Turcan ...

Six Frigates and the Future of Gunboat Diplomacy by Kurt Albaugh Download The Full Article:...

Shaping Coalition Forces' Strategic Narrative in Support of Village Stability Operations by Scott Mann Download The Full Article...

Countering Extremism in Yemen: Beyond Interagency Cooperation by Kaz Kotlow Download The Full Article:...

Lessons for Libya? Flawed Policy and the Inevitability of Military Failure: The Anglo-French Suez Expedition of 1956 by Brian...

Libya and the Responsibility to Protect by Charli Carpenter Download the Full Article:...

Insurgencia Criminal en las Américas   por John P. Sullivan Transfiera el Artí­culo...

Libya's Rebel Leaders and Western Assistance by Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy Download The Full Article:...

"Penny Wise, Pound Foolish" by Dr. Tammy S. Schultz Download the Full Article:...

The Clash of the Caliphates: Understanding the Real War of Ideas by Tony Corn Download The Full Article:...

'Holding' for Companies and Platoons in Counterinsurgency by George R. Dimitriu Download The Full Article:...

Panama: Is Restructuring the Razor to Cut Out Corruption?   by Anthony Scheidel Download The Full Article:...

A Theory of Dark Network Design (Part Two): Type-I Dark Network: Opportunistic-Mechanical by Ian S. Davis, Carrie L. Worth, and...

To Design or Not to Design (Part Three): Metacognition: How Problematizing Transforms a Complex System towards a Desired State by Ben...

Hawaii and Guam: Strategic Convergence Zones for the United States Forward Defense Strategy in the Pacific Rim by James A. Kent and Eric Casino...

Thinking and Acting Like an Early Explorer: Operational Art is Not a Level of War by Brigadier General Huba...

A Theory of Dark Network Design (Part One) by Ian S. Davis, Carrie L. Worth, and Douglas W. Zimmerman Download The Full Article...

Wrong War, Wrong Policy, or Wrong Tactics? Book Review by F. G. Hoffman Download the Full Article: ...

Moral Intuition and the Professional Military Ethic by Michael C. Sevcik Download The Full Article:...

Counterterrorism v. Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Algeria and Afghanistan by David N. Santos Download The Full Article:...

Building Relationships and Influence in Counterinsurgency: One Officer's Perspective by Eric von Tersch Download the Full...

Download the Full Article: Breaking the Camel's Back

The EU's Afghan Police Mission: Failing to Meet Commitments by Matthew Ince Download The Full Article:...

The Fallacy of COIN: One Officer's Frustration by Scott Dempsey Download The Full Article:...

Seeing the Other Side of the COIN: A Critique of the Current Counterinsurgency (COIN) Strategies in Afghanistan by Metin...