Journal Article | March 21, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(6)

The explosive effects of rumors in Syria and insurgenceis around the world.

Journal Article | March 19, 2013 01:25 AM | Comments(1)

Do the terrain and the friendly and enemy situations allow stability operations at the village or district level?

Knowing the balance between when to exercise power and when to hold back is vital to maintaining America’s strength.

Journal Article | March 12, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

The realities of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan necessitated “just-in-time” cultural training that focused heavily on the “do’s and don’ts.” A more deliberate...

Journal Article | March 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(23)

When Afghanistan failed, then COIN was seen as having failed too, having proved itself too risky, too time-consuming to justify its extraordinary investment in lives and treasure.

Journal Article | February 28, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(3)

Under certain conditions, supporting rebels can achieve strategic objectives without causing instability or humanitarian catastrophe.

Journal Article | February 25, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(11)

If the coalition consolidates on major bases along the ring road and attempts a Soviet-style hub and spoke concept, the result will be the same: defeat. 

Journal Article | February 21, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(36)

From 13-14 May 2010, the COIN shura took place in Kabul aboard Camp Julien, the COIN Academy in Afghanistan to refocus the Surge's forces on COIN.

Journal Article | February 19, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(16)

An economic approach to understanding the nature of rural corruption in Afghanistan suggests that ISAF anti-corruption measures should focus directly, not indirectly, on this issue.

Journal Article | February 15, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(21)

The Afghan knows he has much to learn from the American. Americans are often too intellectually arrogant to admit they have several things that they can learn from Afghans.

Journal Article | February 11, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(4)

Like the war itself,the length of The Outpost will dissuade most Americans from bothering with it, but Tapper wants us to remember those who served in a forgotten valley.

Journal Article | February 7, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

Times of crisis can be a brief window of opportunity for large institutional bureaucracies to overcome jurisdictional boundaries and make changes to business as usual. 

Journal Article | February 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(28)

Afghanistan required a different approach yet we failed in our analysis, strategy, and application of resources.

Journal Article | January 30, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(34)

The growth of Islamism in the Pakistan Army is a distinct threat to US interests in the region.

Journal Article | January 25, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(18)

Operators must understand local culture and must harness the power of local institutions to fight an irregular enemy. A proposed method to do so.

Journal Article | January 23, 2013 02:29 AM | Comments(1)

True to its name, Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban goes beyond the common misperception of Al-Qaeda as a static organization serving the whims of Osama Bin Laden.

Journal Article | January 22, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(8)

For COIN, a trinity of attributes is needed to complement traditional military acumen: analytical intelligence, openness of mind, and broad culture.

Journal Article | January 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

 If you’re afforded the opportunity to lead a critical team at a critical juncture in our nation’s history…  see the big picture and embrace it from the beginning.

Journal Article | January 17, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Observations from a month-long secondment in Afghanistan with DCOMISAF.

The most frustrating moment for the J2 occurs when the operations summary contains more useful intelligence-producing data than the official intelligence reporting.

ESOC identifies, compiles, and analyzes micro-level conflict data and information on insurgency, civil war, and other sources of politically motivated violence worldwide.

Blog post | January 15, 2013 01:00 PM | Comments(3)

There is little additional value to be gained from another year or two of advising and training at the tactical level.

Journal Article | January 10, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

The war in Afghanistan is a war of perceptions on progress made thus far. A widening gap in perceptions will complicate the transition .

Platoon/Company sized elements are being tasked with the execution of security handovers that have been in development for over ten years.

Journal Article | January 7, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(48)

Though discredited, the phased framework of shape-clear-hold-build remains applicable over time when adapted to local circumstances by harmonized independent stakeholders.