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A response to Shane Bilsborough's Counterlawfare in Counterinsurgency
In times of austerity, the military's best investment is in its people: education, selection, and promotion of talent.
Regardless of what the current US administration and Senior Military Officers claim, we lost the peace in Iraq.
Many areas of interest to the United States today were former Ottoman dominions like Egypt, Iraq, Syria, even Libya. Understanding the mechanics of this former empire is crucial to comprehending the nuances of the region.
A counterinsurgency strategy based on the now-famous Field Manual 3-24, written under the auspices of then-LTGs David Petraeus and James Mattis in 2006, is inappropriate for Mexico.
Opinion polls in Afghanistan cover issues as diverse as the legitimacy of the Karzai regime, the use of suicide attacks, the appropriateness of female education, and the adequacy of the health systems.
The lack of guidance regarding how to identify which form of legitimacy a population recognizes and what steps need to be taken to alter a population’s perceptions is a glaring problem
Recent budget debates have featured emotional discussions about reforming the military retirement system. This is not a new phenomenon; there have been more than a dozen official studies on reforming military retirement since 1948.
Drones and special forces get the headlines, but pundits have missed a more fundamental shift in the nature and direction of American national security policy.
Bing West, John Nagl, Mark Moyar, Thomas Mockaitis, Christopher Paul, Douglas Ollivant, Gian Gentile, and David Anderson share their views
For Whom will the American Military Fight if our Governmental System is Challenged?
Dust off the plans from 2009, Here is a "Way" to Organize for the Transition Mission
Is there really anything new under the sun?
International legal institutions, media outlets, human rights NGO’s should be leveraged to the US advantage as part of a focused and coherent counterlawfare strategy.
The book is not doctrine. It invites those interested in influencing the outcome of ‘internal’ armed conflicts to weave together ideology, politics, methodology, intelligence practices, operations, and strategy as seamlessly as possible
Should we continue to embrace the status quo, we will jeopardize our ability to achieve the aims of our current National Security Strategy
Retired Indian General and Small Wars Council extraordinaire Ray visits to talk all things India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
Targeting Maoist-affected areas with increased funding and attention is probably good policy, but it is likely not an overstatement to say anti-Maoist success will correlate significantly with India’s progress in caring for its poorest peoples.
The government of India has proclaimed this Naxalite – Maoist movement to be the greatest threat to national security. This may become a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Spanish translation of Urban Land Use by Illegal Armed Groups in Medellin
We collect lessons learned, but do we learn from the lessons collected?
Can Soft Power Take The Lead In Iraq?
A review of Sylvia Longmire's work on Cartels
We are woefully under-trained. The troops can absorb and do far more than we tend to credit them. Our training is mostly designed to be easy on the trainers and to produce metrics
Perspective from the Tactical Level of Operations
Truth to Power with Information Operations in Khost Province
Examing small wars in Indonesia, East Timor, Sudan, and Kenya to see what lessons apply to Afghanistan
The Realpolitik behind the European Financial Crisis
Have FST and CSTs teams pushed the limits of the female exclusion in combat policy? Is it time to adjust the policy?
Has there ever been an American way of war or simply a tactical way of battle?
Author compares and contrasts On Guerilla Warfare and The Accidental Guerilla
This essay proposes integrating elements of design thinking into the Mission Analysis and COA Development steps of the JOPP to develop the variety of options that the POTUS and SECDEF require in a complex and dynamic environment
From Classic Conventional Deterrence to a “Lloyd’s of London” Posture
Population-centric COIN should only mean you understand the people—not that you necessarily do anything for them.
Testimony on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
A thorough guide for cyberwar practitioners
A synchronized national approach leveraging the Defense Department’s Reserve Component (RC) forces to secure the country’s critical infrastructure from growing cyber threats
Ground Assessment of a Helmand Province Political Advisor
The Growing Mexican Cartel and Vigilante War in Cyberspace: Information Offensives and Counter-Offensives by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
Open Veins of Mexico: The Strategic Logic of Cartel Resource Extraction and Petro-Targeting by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus.
The Obama administration's accelerated drawdown of US forces has undercut a needed infusion of forces from RC South to the Afghan east that was an unspoken second act to the US military’s 'surge' strategy for the stabilization of Afghanistan.
Expose of the Writings of Dr. Abdel-Raheem Muhammad Ali
Marine Corps implementing lessons learned from SOCOM
It will take an entire generation to fully reform Afghanistan. Are the people of Afghanistan and the Coalition partners prepared for such a commitment?
Engaging the villages is not enough to ensure success
Examining progress in the development of Afghanistan’s infrastructure from an Afghan perspective
Critique of recent budget cuts
Why have the post 9/11 wars not had the same degree of protests as Vietnam?