Journal Article | April 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(17)

Despite success at degrading Philippine terrorist networks, much of the security gains have been transitory, while the underlying socio-economic problems in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago...

Journal Article | April 2, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(5)

The study demonstrates the naivety of a superpower that allows an alleged ally to receive billions of dollars with which Pakistan financed groups that kill American soldiers almost on a daily basis.

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.

Journal Article | March 21, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(6)

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

Regardless of whether Britain and France arm the rebels, Syria faces more challenges than Assad’s rule. An interview with Nathaniel Rosenblatt from Caerus Ascociates by Robert Tollast.  

Journal Article | March 7, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(4)

Women are acting as combatants in approximately one-third of present-day armed insurgencies. Are there lessons for the US military?

Journal Article | March 5, 2013 03:30 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 03:30 AM | Comments(3)

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

Journal Article | February 25, 2013 03:30 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 03:30 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.

Through the use of conventional and irregular forces, Gen Nathaniel Greene brought Cornwallis' forces to a culminating point and precipitated the surrender at Yorktown.

Journal Article | February 19, 2013 03:30 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 03:30 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 13, 2013 03:25 AM | Comments(6)

Canadian Army Officer A. A. Cohen has written a new and refreshing book on the life, ideas, and intellectual struggles of the French officer David Galula.

Journal Article | February 12, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(8)

The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army is struggling for survival.

Journal Article | February 11, 2013 03:30 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 8, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(8)

During the second half of the 19th century, stability in southeastern Europe was challenged by newly emerging nation-states as well as the decay of the Ottoman Empire.

Journal Article | February 5, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(28)

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

Journal Article | February 4, 2013 03:25 AM | Comments(2)

A model for the Iraqi military that seeks to minimize the threats of sectarianism, insurgency, and rampant unemployment over the next five years through mandatory conscription—a...

Journal Article | February 4, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(3)

The Surge was only one piece of a broader confluence of events, critically the Shiite victory in the civil war, the formation of “Sons of Iraq” groups, the cease-fire of the Mahdi Army,...

Journal Article | February 1, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(6)

Insurgency has evolved in five seminal ways since Mao's time. Ideas and literature on it should too.

Journal Article | January 22, 2013 03:30 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 03:30 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 03:30 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.