insurgency

Journal Article | April 24, 2013 02:25 AM | Comments(1)

Ten easy to follow recommendations to help you become an effective military advisor.

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

Interoperability is a function of leadership, hardship, and time. To quickly achieve it, focus on individual personalities, understand that everyone has value, and exercise mission command.

Journal Article | April 19, 2013 02:30 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 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(33)

An interview with MIT Professor Roger D. Petersen.

Journal Article | April 17, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(9)

Understanding the correlation between an insurgency’s goals and their IED design is crucial to defending against the devices and forecasting IED threats.

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 12, 2013 09:04 AM | Comments(5)

The issue of the reach of the state needs to be put into a wider focus by including women and gender issues as part of the narrative.

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 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.