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Silencing the Middle Class: The Gradual Extinction of Tenure in American Universities

What is done and what should be done? Insights into political-criminal nexuses.

There are some good reasons to increase the U.S. military force level in Syria; but if we do, it should be a short and decisive intervention with a clear goal.

Elevate the study of resistance movements from a scholarly field of interest to a science. Resistance science is a science for everyone, because it addresses issues that...

Understanding and engaging in the human domain is essential if you are trying to change, inform or shape human behavior.

The dual crises for now are: learning how to handle crises as a greenhorn, while deciding whether to give up or retain America’s global primacy.

Why do durable primordial-like identities persist? 

The increased ‘thinning’ of the middle class will mean that those born into the lower class will increasingly have fewer and fewer opportunities to leave it.

Federal countering violent extremism programming is more likely to harm than help build trust. Though well-intentioned, the Obama administration’s CVE strategy was...

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.