Scholar and war correspondent Bernard Fall liked to gather information about combat in the field, near the front lines, where the fighting was going on - and he had done a lot of it.

Journal Article | March 20, 2017 05:28 AM | Comments(1)

As shown in a memorable War On the Rocks article, the legacy of the United States’ Counterinsurgency doctrine includes a contentious foundation.

Journal Article | March 19, 2017 09:17 AM | Comments(1)

U.S. vital interests need to be addressed through strong relationships and alliances. The U.S. cannot be content to rely on past goodwill and must actively build and nurture its ties within the...

Journal Article | May 15, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Rebuilding our special reconaissance capability.

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.

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 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 | March 28, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(13)

The Civilian Irregular Defense Group was one of Special Forces’ greatest success stories and by far the greatest example of how to fight unconventional warfare with an economy of force approach.

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

Journal Article | February 22, 2013 04:12 AM | Comments(1)

Those interested in Vietnam, the mechanics of secret peace talks, and the national decision making of several countries will find this an important and historic work.

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

Journal Article | August 9, 2012 05:03 PM | Comments(54)

  Will we “learn” the same lessons we learned after Vietnam again? (…and, by the way, what were those lessons?)

Journal Article | July 31, 2012 04:27 AM | Comments(7)

A look at decision-making in Vietnam.

Journal Article | May 30, 2012 04:49 AM | Comments(8)

Pop-centric COIN - where from and where to?

Blog post | May 22, 2012 07:29 AM | Comments(23)

A review of Lewis Sorley's biography on General Westmoreland.

A new RAND monograph from Ben Connable suggests that all those metrics may not be as metric as they seem.

Journal Article | April 16, 2012 04:44 AM | Comments(25)

Sergio Miller takes an in-depth look at COIN in Malaya

Journal Article | March 23, 2012 09:00 AM | Comments(21)

Ambassador J.R. Bullington, once a foreign service officer serving in the CORDS program in Vietnam, argues that we won the counterinsurgency war in Vietnam.  Harry Summers, where are you?

Journal Article | March 12, 2012 05:02 AM | Comments(24)

Grant Martin offers his thoughts on the rewrite of FM 3-24 and more realistic and sustainable COIN efforts.

Blog post | February 29, 2012 06:06 AM | Comments(14)

SWJ-regular Gian Gentile reviews Lewis Sorley's Westmoreland at The National Interest.

Journal Article | February 27, 2012 05:57 AM | Comments(8)

Sergio Miller offers and important and interesting look at armed nation building in Vietnam and Afghanistan; a look that does not leave one with much optimism.

Blog post | February 3, 2012 06:54 PM | Comments(18)

In a blast from the past, Kennedy and Johnson staffer turned Harvard professor James C. Thompson looks at how the tragedy that was the Vietnam War unfolded.