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The recent development and adoption of population centric counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine and tools has led to an ongoing and important debate about the utility of this...

In the pursuit of high-quality political or intelligence analysis, analysts need to be aware of lazy narratives that might encounter.

There comes a time when action must be taken.  The Mexican Drug War has become an untenable threat to the government of Mexico and a humanitarian crisis to the World.

The argument put forward here is based on the transformation thesis which argues that cyber terrorism is “criminal or harmful activities that are informational, global...

On 16 January 2013 the BP and Statoil ASA In Amenas gas facility in Algeria was attacked by al Qaeda linked terrorists resulting in the deaths of 40 workers.

A quarter of a century ago four Marine Corps officers and a civilian military analyst wrote a piece for the Marine Corps Gazette on something they called Fourth...

The unmatched military capabilities we enjoy today, not to be confused with strategic shortfalls, were shaped by the failure of the Iran Rescue and the confusion surrounding...

The first in a series produced by AIWC and MCCoE designed to generate discussion amongst the community of interest on the definition for Irregular Warfare.

The modernization of the Chinese military was predicated on a new set of assumptions, namely that the nature of warfare that the Chinese would be most likely to face was now...

Military revolutions are a periodic redefining of what is possible in war and what is not, and those organizations that first grasp their potential have an advantage over...

Militias can be essential assets to the establishment of security in coordination with effective counter-insurgency strategy, but they come with risks.

The threat of online Islamic radicalism is a growing issue for the U.S. and the West today; however, little is being done by lawmakers.

The Defense & Strategic Studies Program at West Point organized a multi-disciplinary, academic and professional forum to discuss the many perspectives on potential US...

The drone war alone, without a corresponding indirect approach, will, over the long term, force AQAM to get better, harder, more creative, and more resistant to direct...

If the DoD continues to ignore the management and leadership issues facing the APH program it can expect more of the same.

Continuing from Part I and...

Call them sticks and carrots, or direct and indirect, or hard and soft power approaches. Either way, we are at a strategic inflection point.

Much has been written about terrorist groups who make use of the world’s undergoverned spaces, but very little has examined the dynamics of these areas themselves.

Never has it been more important to go beyond simple sound-bites and truly delve into the history and evolution of the Middle East.

Air Operations in Israel’s War Against Hezbollah: Learning from Lebanon and Getting It Right in Gaza & Eagle in the Sky.

SWJ Book Review: David Kilcullen, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla, New York: Oxford University Press.

SWJ Discussion with Dr. David H. Ucko and Dr. Robert Egnell about their book Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare.

SWJ Book Review: Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew J. Bacevich.

Interview with Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown.

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines is confronted by a persistent communist insurgency, the origins of which date back to 1968.

Has the United States Air Force selected the most operationally capable strike aircraft for the future FID mission in Afghanistan?

Ethnic Conflicts and the Muslim Question in Philippine Politics: Why Current Efforts at Conflict-Resolution Fail.

Some have questioned such a panel for cadets.  One officer/faculty member who exemplifies this attitude said this past April, “we don’t want second...

The practitioners of VSO operate nearly entirely in the spaces of communities damaged by combinations of traumatizing violence, loss, displacement, starvation, death and...

How to Improve U.S. National Security Strategies - Presented to The Center for Army Analysis on 17 September 2013.