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On Self-Declared Caliph Ibrahim’s May 2015 Message to Muslims: Key Problems of Motivation, Marginalization, Illogic, and Empirical Delusion in the Caliphate Project

This paper sheds light on the relocation of power and control over security from state to non-state armed actors.

A SWJ interview with Jim Thomas, Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

A SWJ interview with Jakub Grygiel and Wess Mitchell, authors of Limited War is Back.

By educating and empowering girls in the developing world, we might eventually send fewer Americans into combat overseas.

The U.S. Navy’s success in future major combat operations may well be determined by its ability to reject centralized C2, establish tenets of Mission Command, and train...

A Small Wars Journal interview with retired US Army Special Forces Colonel David S. Maxwell.

The program should exist independent of contingency operations, remaining instead as an established and enduring military contribution.

The recent success of the Nigerian government and the international coalition in the fight against Boko Haram is a welcome development.

We offer 12 lessons to other individuals and organizations that may operate in similar environments conducting crisis response.

Many commanders struggle to write effective Intent statements in a manner that clearly describe their visualization, facilitates effective planning, and provides for...

Within military coalitions and governmental organizations, the term ‘deep dive’ continues to gain in popularity and design application for complex conflict...

A constellation of stars is falling on Washington.  As each of the new chiefs takes his chair, he will have to grapple with the pressing problems of strategy, programs,...

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #24: Gendarmerie Ambushed in Ocotlan, Jalisco State by Narco Commando—5 Killed, 8 Wounded

Given current adversaries and the changing nature of the world we live in today, the US Army needs to embrace Secretary Work’s advice on the need for innovation.

A SWJ discussion with Emma Sky, the author of the just published book “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq”.

It will come as bad news to many in the Army that there is no longer any such thing as “the enemy.”

An entire American armored brigade in Poland, in particular, would finally capture acute historical significance.

One of the current challenges involving COISTs stems from an overall military shift.

It is a tenet of our system of justice that the punishment should fit the crime.

Understanding ISIS is fairly simply, resolving it as a matter of National interest is a lot harder.

“Splinter Gulf Cartel drug groups fight for control of Matamoros/Reynosa.”Mexico DailyReview. 14 February 2015,

Many in the academic and policy communities share the notion that organized crime groups operate similarly to legitimate businesses.

Jordan is a key United States strategic partner. This essay provides basic information about Jordan the military practitioner should know.

Special Operations Forces have the potential to prevent and deescalate many conflicts before they become outright shooting wars.

The Army’s senior leadership seems to routinely probe the future when faced with a smaller Army and fewer resources than desired, and more threats than are comfortable...

Hoping that Iran will neither add to the sectarian divide nor expand its influence and control is more than fanciful.

In an increasingly unstable world order, there has never been a greater need for international cooperation in the fight against transnational crime and terrorism.

Now, more than ever, the nation requires the Army to make fundamental changes to ensure it is prepared for the complex challenges of the future.

Iran perceives itself as the underdog in a protracted conflict where it is outmanned, outgunned, militarily surrounded, and diplomatically isolated.