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In Afghanistan, and across much of the developing world, agriculture is the primary enterprise and key to local food security, as well as national and regional political...

Mexico and the US continue to assert that this a war on drugs, but provide no evidence that the drug trade has diminished despite the mounting death toll and the billions of...

It is clear that long-term COIN involving large numbers of US forces will be considered a last resort; however, approaches and programs that supported COIN will remain as...

The civilian population’s diversity, through its multitude of ethnic, tribal and social groups, has made Mali an area of operations with its own challenges and...

Where Mao’s style was measured and subtle, Guevara’s prose is that of a decisive young revolutionary eager for the next victory.

Despite the United States’ ongoing transition from the Middle East toward the Pacific, Africa remains strategically important to U.S. interests.

The human domain is one of the most critical and challenging aspects of modern conflicts and will remain a decisive factor in future conflicts.

As applicable as the concept of Security Force Assistance has been before; and as intriguing as it has become, we must accept that SFA has a time, a place, and yes, even...

As a law enforcement officer with over 20 years of experience, I led many Community Policing efforts and observed firsthand the impact of bringing order to crime riddled...

Memetic Theory can potentially provide mathematical modeling tools and concepts to assist Information Operations (IO) officers when conducting IIA.

U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is an example of a great power fighting a guerrilla war in pursuit of geopolitical objectives greater than simply the defeat of a local...

Anything that distances, atomizes or alienates people - technology, bureaucracy, security - defeats the purpose of public diplomacy.

It is evident that there is still a long way to go before the practice of child recruitment into the armed forces is fully eradicated from the country.

If DOD and the U.S. Army want to maximize their resources to ensure success in building partner nation security capacity with our allies, recommendations contained in this...

Attacks against Mexican government officials, law enforcement, and political institutions by drug cartels, fall neatly into the Fourth Generation Warfare paradigm.

Calls for a formalized strategic planning process and grand strategy have been mounting for years.  However, those sounding these calls erroneously remember a past that...

Hard-won progress in one of Afghanistan’s most violent districts, with warnings from the Afghan National Army for looming decisions about U.S. involvement in the...

Since 2006 exceptionally intense drug-related warfare has plagued Mexico and accumulated a death toll ranging from at least 50,000 to perhaps over 100,000 with an additional...

Is the international system shifting away from one in which technology and organizations hold sway?

The US military’s checkered past with regard to conducting development is evidenced by the recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although DOD’s Counternarcotics & Global Threats Strategy specifies a comprehensive set of goals and objectives associated with combating TOC, it stops...

While the ‘privatisation of peace’ may not be a worldwide phenomenon, it is undeniable that the private military and security sectors have seen a growth in...

The U.S. Department of Defense and supporting intellectual communities are abuzz with discussions about assessment and how it is conducted.

The inability to craft an effective national policy to deal with the surge of left-wing extremism is a subject of intense policy debate and mounting public concern in India...

The Arab Spring spawned a series of revolutionary movements that are unique in that they utilized social media as a means to spread information and promote agendas.

In the near future, in a galaxy not so far away from Planet Earth, millions will march across the battlefields, mercilessly mowing everything in their path. Unlike computers...

The US must shift focus away from the Global War on Terror and prepare for the complexities of the twenty-first century international security environment. 

The study of war, or peace, remains relevant.  But does the study of On War?

The development of female local national security forces are a useful tool in designing culturally appropriate security operations.

This essay discusses warnings our top leaders ignored, the dangers of political correctness, thwarted opportunities to “know our enemy,” and ideas on changing...