Iraq

As a non-state partner of the U.S., it is important to recognize the fragility and divisions within the KRG defense structure and to recognize the growing risk for intra-state conflict within the...

General David Petraeus - Interview by Dr. Joseph Collins and Mr. Nathan White - CCO PRISM

The current military-focused strategy is insufficient. ISAF advisers’ efforts alone cannot overcome the powerful dynamics ready to tear the proud Iraqi force apart.

An unsolicited letter to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider Al-Abadi.

The cause of Iraq’s troubles - the single event without which the hideous mutilation of today would never have occurred - was a 1958 coup d’état.

Journal Article | January 12, 2017 01:36 PM | Comments(1)

SWJ discussion with Daniel R. Green and William F. Mullen III, the authors of "Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with al-Qaeda".

Journal Article | December 22, 2016 01:10 AM | Comments(1)

As the Mosul operation grinds forward, it is vitally important for the US and its allies to double down on their commitment to supporting the Iraqi Army and the Counter Terrorism Service.

This paper was prepared in early 2010, when it might still have been possible to advance an agenda for a diversified private sector in Iraq.  We missed our opportunity.

As Iraq appears to unravel, it is only right to continue the debate about counterinsurgency, the appropriate application of landpower, and  the expanding role of Special Operations in the US...

Journal Article | June 26, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(3)

If there is one thing the United States military has come to value over the last decade of war – perhaps the only thing – it is having interoperable coalition partners.

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(4)

Beware the lure of "credibility."

If Patriot and Iron Dome made Israelis feel more secure, then they succeeded at their most important task.

A Q&A with Kirk Sowell of Inside Iraqi Politics.  

Journal Article | April 26, 2013 02:25 AM | Comments(7)

If we ignore village life – or try to bend it to our view of what it should be – we will fail in Afghanistan as we did in Vietnam.

Unlike a certain mathematical solution counterinsurgency is a laden with human error and complexity.

Journal Article | April 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(33)

An interview with MIT Professor Roger D. Petersen.

Journal Article | April 16, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

Guerilla warfare is not an “Eastern Way of War,” it is the universal war of the weak.

Journal Article | April 11, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

One consistently wrong—but always convenient—prediction has been the improbability of ground wars and the declining utility of ground forces.

Journal Article | April 10, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(13)

If physical success on the battlefield cannot be translated into part of a larger aim, it is largely irrelevant even if it does a great deal of physical damage to the enemy.

Journal Article | April 9, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(26)

The “U.S. in the Lead” COIN approach usually fails where security force assistance could succeed.

Journal Article | April 3, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

Unlike other major wars the US has fought, Iraq & Afghanistan demonstrate extremely low occurrence of troops who become POW/MIA & high injury survival rates.

Journal Article | March 29, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(6)

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in the Middle East and South Asia spreads to the world.

Journal Article | March 25, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(3)

While COIN remains the convention, to varying degrees, in post-conflict and steady-state operations, rule of law will be an essential part of the US security mission.

Journal Article | March 20, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(3)

The trajectory of developments holds value as a guide to the challenges of the next decade and the education and training needed to meet them.

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