Small Wars Journal

David Bowers


Major David Bowers is a career Military Intelligence officer who has served in a wide array of positions within the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community.  Previous assignments include: 7th Special Forces Group, Special Operations Command-Central, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan and other deployed SOF elements.  He has conducted numerous combat and operational deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines and other Middle East countries in support of tribal engagement initiatives.  He recently completed his Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University where he wrote a thesis entitled “Unsheathing the Jambiyah: Harnessing the Power of Yemeni Tribes in the 21st Century.”  This article is chapter three from that thesis.  A special thanks to the eleven Intelligence and Special Operations subject matter experts who assisted in the development of this methodology

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