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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.

Calls for a formalized strategic planning process and grand strategy have been mounting for years.  However, those sounding these calls erroneously remember a past that...

Hard-won progress in one of Afghanistan’s most violent districts, with warnings from the Afghan National Army for looming decisions about U.S. involvement in the...

Since 2006 exceptionally intense drug-related warfare has plagued Mexico and accumulated a death toll ranging from at least 50,000 to perhaps over 100,000 with an additional...

Is the international system shifting away from one in which technology and organizations hold sway?

The US military’s checkered past with regard to conducting development is evidenced by the recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although DOD’s Counternarcotics & Global Threats Strategy specifies a comprehensive set of goals and objectives associated with combating TOC, it stops...

While the ‘privatisation of peace’ may not be a worldwide phenomenon, it is undeniable that the private military and security sectors have seen a growth in...

The U.S. Department of Defense and supporting intellectual communities are abuzz with discussions about assessment and how it is conducted.

The inability to craft an effective national policy to deal with the surge of left-wing extremism is a subject of intense policy debate and mounting public concern in India...

The Arab Spring spawned a series of revolutionary movements that are unique in that they utilized social media as a means to spread information and promote agendas.

In the near future, in a galaxy not so far away from Planet Earth, millions will march across the battlefields, mercilessly mowing everything in their path. Unlike computers...

The US must shift focus away from the Global War on Terror and prepare for the complexities of the twenty-first century international security environment. 

The study of war, or peace, remains relevant.  But does the study of On War?

The development of female local national security forces are a useful tool in designing culturally appropriate security operations.

This essay discusses warnings our top leaders ignored, the dangers of political correctness, thwarted opportunities to “know our enemy,” and ideas on changing...

The Company Intelligence Support Team (CoIST) can provide great value to their organization by developing refined geographic targets.

US strategy must continue to include a significant element dedicated to irregular warfare to counter likely future threats and retain hard won knowledge and expertise in...

The issue of the Kashmir is important not because of the region itself, but because the dispute involves two nations of strategic interest to the United States.

The last decade has again reminded us that irregular warfare can be every bit as challenging and deadly as conventional wars, even in the maritime setting.

The types of information needed by the military to conduct population-centric counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan shares little in common with intelligence used for...

Sustainable development is a catch phrase, found throughout our modern culture, which does not have a common definition. While these multiple meanings are acceptable within...

Although some theories expound truly universal principles that apply regardless of time or place, others are uniquely suited to a specific strategic context. Attempting to...

Governments are being confronted by hard realities, peace and stability can’t be sustained through the introduction of military power alone. Today’s military...

This article is written as a letter from an insurgent commander to a sub-commander to illuminate the perspective and tools used by insurgent forces to influence and control...