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The basis for COIN rules of engagement and background for the conflict between the right to self-defense and the protection of civilians found in international law and the...

Now that the Pentagon has decided to integrate females into combat arms units the question turns to how to do so in the best manner possible.

The classical principles of counterinsurgency, while still exceptionally appropriate for countering regionally dominant insurgencies, are inadequate for countering modern...

The term “terrorist organization” offers little insight and limits our understanding and approach. ISIS is an insurgent organization using terrorism as a tactic...

With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 the United States Congress has embraced what Russia, Iran, China, Al Qaeda and even ISIS have long known....

Gray Zone conflicts are not new, the El Salvador conflict in the 1980s and the Somalia Wars in the 1990s are examples of past Gray Zone or Shadow Wars supported by minimum US...

“If we [the U.S.] take out ISIS, we have Assad. If we take out Assad, we have ISIS. If we take out both, we have a vacuum.”

Jihad - Today this ancient Arabic word has near universal recognition, but also near universal misunderstanding.

“The threat that hovers over every secret is betrayal.”

The American Military has never been better tactically. However it is increasingly disconnected from the Republic it serves.

The escalation of conflict in Donbas, Ukraine, with particular focus on the contribution of various parties to the escalation of violence.

The Qods Force is responsible for bolstering Hezbollah over thirty years ago and they have been working together across the globe ever since.

The Abu Bakr al Baghdadi Gang has “gone to war” with the civilized world – using spectacular slaughter to political ends. The civilized powers must respond...

The current context of the Middle East demands complex multifaceted strategies that merge hard, soft and smart power.

As the militaries improve their ability to conduct operations, the next logical step is to ensure they can interoperate with U.S. and other allied nations.

The Levant increasingly appears a place where anarchy might be the only order of the day unless a number of anti-ISIS actors come up with a plan to destroy that entity.

As a western ally with a predominantly Sunni population, Turkey’s geostrategic importance and ideological role is critical in tempering the rise of Islamic extremism....

Fire in the Lake, a political-military board game of the Vietnam War, is the latest...

Small Wars Journal interview with Dr. Russell W. Glenn, associate professor with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University.

America’s approach to the threat of global terror has been one dimensional and strategically ineffective.

Frankly, it might be a good idea not to drop bombs on oil trucks with drivers inside.  However wise it may be, it is not legally required.

Because of the pace of technological change, failing to recognize today’s shifting security environment is perhaps understandable. 

The driving storyline of extremist Islam, often referred to simply as the Narrative, states that the West and its allies are continuing in a historical effort to destroy...

A proper application of Clausewitz’s Center of Gravity provides the framework for an anti-ISIS strategy.

If the Army is to remain a dominant land power, the security and defense of Army and DoD networks must be viewed as a critical warfighting task.

America’s approach to the threat of global terror has been one dimensional and strategically ineffective.

How can the military best give soldiers an advantage on the future battlefield?

Striking our homeland, the cancer that is ISIS threatens not only our citizens, but threatens our way of life within our own communities as envisioned by country’s...

The hard irreconcilable realities and complexities encountered by NTM-A's mission, and the central role it played in ‘transitioning security to an Afghan lead...

GO-1X represents an incomplete understanding of Islamic cultural values, provides marginal operational utility, persists in multiple conflicting versions, and suffers from...