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With the economy groaning, one major conflict finished, and another winding down, the struggle for dwindling resources is well underway. The losers in this struggle are...

This is the third in a series of three articles that discuss analytics of the human dimension of conflict.

This is the second in a series of three articles that discuss analytics of the human dimension of conflict.

This is the first in a series of three articles that discuss analytics of the human dimension of conflict.

Reflections on the "Counterinsurgency Decade": Small Wars Journal Interview with General David H. Petraeus.

Without the funds we have enjoyed for the last decade, we have to increase our emphasis on maximizing the efficiency of military spending.

Small Wars Journal book review: The Young Ataturk: From Ottoman Soldier to Statesman of Turkey by George Gawrych.

The Arab Spring was neither very Arab nor the blossoming of something new as much as a resurfacing of deep-seated conflicts.

Syrian refugee camps in Turkey are major breeding grounds for anti-U.S. sentiment.

The Army must change the definitions of landpower and land control to establish a firm conceptual baseline from which national and military strategies are developed.

H.R.-2606 seeks to turn lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan into practical legacies looking ahead instead of deterrents to action so that cross-border crises of the future can be...

We Americans tend to invent for ourselves a comfortable U.S.-centric vision with an enemy who looks and acts more or less as we do, and a situation in which the fighting is...

This SWJ article compares the British handling of the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) with that of the French in Algeria (1954-1962).

"Along with the rest of the U.S. government, the Department of Defense depends on cyberspace to function. It is difficult to overstate this reliance."

This article is a working paper designed to present the early findings of my research to the field, particularly the model of insurgency which is still in its early...

In Afghanistan, and across much of the developing world, agriculture is the primary enterprise and key to local food security, as well as national and regional political...

Mexico and the US continue to assert that this a war on drugs, but provide no evidence that the drug trade has diminished despite the mounting death toll and the billions of...

It is clear that long-term COIN involving large numbers of US forces will be considered a last resort; however, approaches and programs that supported COIN will remain as...

The civilian population’s diversity, through its multitude of ethnic, tribal and social groups, has made Mali an area of operations with its own challenges and...

Where Mao’s style was measured and subtle, Guevara’s prose is that of a decisive young revolutionary eager for the next victory.

Despite the United States’ ongoing transition from the Middle East toward the Pacific, Africa remains strategically important to U.S. interests.

The human domain is one of the most critical and challenging aspects of modern conflicts and will remain a decisive factor in future conflicts.

As applicable as the concept of Security Force Assistance has been before; and as intriguing as it has become, we must accept that SFA has a time, a place, and yes, even...

As a law enforcement officer with over 20 years of experience, I led many Community Policing efforts and observed firsthand the impact of bringing order to crime riddled...

Memetic Theory can potentially provide mathematical modeling tools and concepts to assist Information Operations (IO) officers when conducting IIA.

U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is an example of a great power fighting a guerrilla war in pursuit of geopolitical objectives greater than simply the defeat of a local...

Anything that distances, atomizes or alienates people - technology, bureaucracy, security - defeats the purpose of public diplomacy.

It is evident that there is still a long way to go before the practice of child recruitment into the armed forces is fully eradicated from the country.

If DOD and the U.S. Army want to maximize their resources to ensure success in building partner nation security capacity with our allies, recommendations contained in this...

Attacks against Mexican government officials, law enforcement, and political institutions by drug cartels, fall neatly into the Fourth Generation Warfare paradigm.