The purpose of this short review is to present a different concept of deception - that it should be viewed as a pervasive and elemental force in operations.

The point of departure of this paper is that the UN has not defined offensive operations, and specified what this means in practice.

Modern British doctrine, while espousing many successful principles, neglects some critical lessons from actual British practice.

Army doctrine requires problem identification in all problem solving processes but that doctrine is silent on the format and design of a problem statement.

Journal Article | August 5, 2017 10:54 AM | Comments(6)

On doctrine - a fictional conversation that occurs routinely in Professional Military Education classrooms and hallways.

The U.S. Army places great emphasis on the importance of judgment, but does little to explain the concept.

The U.S. Army places great emphasis on the importance of judgment, but does little to explain the concept. 

Journal Article | June 11, 2017 09:16 PM | Comments(11)

The ability to generate global influence by maneuvering one civilian population against another to produce catastrophic physical effects is a significant transformational change for warfare.

In understanding dominance, leaders will be better suited to develop feasible, acceptable, and suitable operational approaches and tactical plans for the multi-domain environment.

Journal Article | March 20, 2017 04:28 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 | February 2, 2017 11:27 AM | Comments(1)

The Russians have developed a new theory of warfare, and in the future, we can only expect them to perform it more effectively and on an even larger scale.

Journal Article | November 4, 2016 07:08 AM | Comments(8)

A great source of frustration when reading current US Army doctrine, specifically ADP 3-0 Unified Land Operations, is the lack of a definitive characterization of the theory of war and warfare.

Journal Article | June 10, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(4)

Our doctrine overlooks the essence of war as a human enterprise.  This article explores how to rectify this within the context of supporting the evolution of the U.S. military towards Joint...

Journal Article | May 7, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(18)

Why acronyms are ruining shared military understanding.

Journal Article | April 19, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(5)

Good stories trump doctrine for effecting cultural change because they reach us emotionally; they inspire.  Consider America's first battle and what we can glean its many relevant...

Journal Article | April 9, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(26)

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

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 | December 14, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(20)

History is with replete with former armies that prepared for the wrong type of conflict and received the unflattering result of becoming failed military systems.

Journal Article | July 17, 2012 03:25 AM | Comments(6)

This type of massive COIN effort is only one extreme of a long continuum of policy options.  If we want to keep COIN from becoming a 'dirty word,' we need to leave room for alternate,...

Journal Article | June 8, 2012 03:59 AM | Comments(11)

The Army is a learning organization, but it must avoid learning mumbo-jumbo.

Blog post | May 16, 2012 07:54 AM | Comments(14)

GEN Robert Cone, Commanding General U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, offers his thoughts on the upcoming Army Future Game.