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Intelligence shortcomings lie in how we share and utilize the information and data we have at our disposal.

Many German officers learnt their practice during this war and tactics that were first employed in the fighting against the Hehe became typical for other colonial wars fought...

Many modern internal conflicts defy basic definitions, so use a composite framework instead.

History is with replete with former armies that prepared for the wrong type of conflict and received the unflattering result of becoming failed military systems.

Log in, tune in, don’t drop out.

Current strategic guidance documents rely upon catchphrases and hyperbole to defer tough national security decision-making.

As cyberspace operations continue to evolve, they raise some unique questions regarding the nature of conflict and how it should be discussed and regulated.

"To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace." -Calgacus, Chieftan of the Caledonian Confederacy

Dr. Kevin Woods and his colleague Williamson Murray have brought to life the Iraqi perspective on various conflicts, ranging from Operation Desert Storm to their latest work...

In war of any character, the basic principles are the same, but two sides may fight it differently or interpret the principles differently based on capacity and capability....

War is the coherent execution of all means to bring about sufficient adherence to a nation’s will in the international (global) arena; resulting in armed conflict only...

It took the British a full century of trial-and-error to come up with the organization of a stable native army in India, a feat the US believes it has accomplished in less...

“The Family doesn’t kill for money; it doesn’t kill for women... only those who deserve to die, die... [T]his is divine justice.”

Our physical world instincts often fail us when thinking about cyberspace.

Is a major FSA operation underway?

There are some issues that are too important to remain unsolved.

It is time to rethink the role of conventional U.S. military medical assets in COIN operations.

When the balloon goes up... A new look from an old tool.

Design is to MDMP as the universe is to apples. All we can do now is apples.

The war in Syria is entering a critical new phase in which the regime’s lines of communication between its stronghold cities are being seriously threatened.

The autobiography of the renowned Middle East historian Bernard Lewis.

This fight is different from any that have come before between these two adversaries.

The presence of Mexican-origin drugs in Chicago is more prominent now than ever before

The evolution of al-Qaeda's media strategy.

The American society, along with civilian and military leaders, remain unprepared to deal with the complexities of insurgencies and small wars.

Without dedicating proper resources to develop language and cultural skills, there is a risk of degradation in a critical capability delivered through regional alignment.

Some great lessons for law enforcement, military, and intelligence professionals for countering street gangs of all stripes.

Social media's role in mobilization and narrative.

From the outset, the U.S. treated Al Qaeda as a military objective instead of an organization to be understood, penetrated, and permanently dismantled. 

The Warlord Loop’s 2012 reading list features interdisciplinary topics that cover the entire spectrum of conflict.