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SWJ book review of “Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite 1956-1990” by James Stejskal.

13 October 2014: I thought that I might build on the previous essay on how to develop an understanding of war and warfare through the study of military history in width,...

29 May 2015: A Small Wars Journal discussion with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster.

29 March 2014: Reflections on the Continuities in War and Warfare: SWJ Discussion with Major General H.R. McMaster

By mapping the historical development of FARC’s political agenda, this paper addresses how the 2016 Peace Agreement supports facets of the FARC’s political...

This is a draft chapter from a military design book project that the author is working on pursuant to his doctoral degree completion.

This paper provides a survey of lessons learned on military roles in stabilization and reconstruction based on experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeks to highlight...

There were a number of serious problems with the Navy SEAL raid on the 29th of January in Yemen, but at least we know it happened.

How are our allies going to determine what policies to accept or reject, and for how long, as members of the American alliance system?

A partial solution is not expensive, created from exotic materials, or overly glamorous, but rather, an approach that requires only the slightest redirection of priorities....

Plutocratic insurgency represents an emerging form of insurgency not seen since the late 19th century Gilded Age. It is being conducted by high net worth globalized elites....

The Coast Guard offers an established example of what mixed-gender combat units are just beginning to look like.

Line-on-line warfare of the past hasn’t evolved into something completely new; it’s the greater quantity of small action conflict we should burden our minds with...

The Executive Order does nothing to address threats that emanate from countries which view their entire diaspora as composed of free-range intelligence collectors.

Islamic State recruiters and leaders residing in Syria and Iraq are now directing attacks in the West, India, and East Asia via “homegrown” extremists.

The Government of Colombia was successful because it adapted to the unique circumstances and challenges posed by each strategic and operational variable.

Plutocratic insurgency represents an emerging form of insurgency not seen since the late 19th century Gilded Age. It is being conducted by high net worth globalized elites....

Islamic terrorism in Europe has again gained media and public attention, amplified by western coalition efforts to defeat the so-called Islamic State.

This paper offers a perspective on the use of Law of Armed Conflict standards vice Criminal Law standards in the context of Columbia's conflict with the FARC and current...

Unconventional methodologies coupled with an understanding of near peer competitors might be our only saving grace to meet the inevitable threats of tomorrow.

The dangers of spear phishing and why it is the most important topic on which an organizational cybersecurity education program should focus.

As a military, we surely need to be honest with ourselves and to policymakers about the best shape and size of the force for the 21st century.

What is the role of allies and alliances in the modern era?  There are four choices for Western governments.

The most effective strategy that Ukraine can select against Russian-backed separatists is a population-centric approach; with targeted utilization of their growing special...

Though both regions have a history that influenced organized crime creation, both has very different histories on organized crime’s enduring legacy.

The Russians have developed a new theory of warfare, and in the future, we can only expect them to perform it more effectively and on an even larger scale.

Russia is neither friend nor foe, but a perennial rival that respects power, not friendship.

This essay examines the Executive Order on protection from foreign terrorist entry into the U.S. from a broader counterinsurgency perspective.

Equipment that relies on GPS coordinates is highly susceptible to being spoofed, jammed, or the subject of malicious interference.

Being celebrated for your race, sex or color has become something expected in the US government - as long as you are not a straight white male.