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by Ahmet Yiğitalp TULGA | Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:02am | 0 comments
The world had faced with many terrorist organizations until 2014. However, after 2014, the world faced with the most complicated terrorist organization. This terrorist organization is ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS has been running a more different propaganda campaign, emphasizing the state-building and welfare schemes run by this organization and these elements make ISIS more complicated.
by Aaron Byrd, by Mechille Braden | Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:54am | 0 comments
Advisors supporting our national counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency missions need a conceptual model of organizational leadership that crosses cultures and applies to a wide variety of organizations. We propose an organizational leadership model built on a set of cross-culturally defined intelligences and the Executive Core Qualifications used by the US Office of Personnel Management in evaluating senior leaders.
by Dave Maxwell | Wed, 10/21/2020 - 4:45pm | 0 comments
Remarks delivered for a SOCPAC Conference on Resistance and Resilience in Asia, February 4-4, 2020.
by William M. Darley | Wed, 10/21/2020 - 10:39am | 1 comment
The U.S. is distracted due to the current election turmoil. This makes Taiwan vulnerable. The essay outlines how the People’s Republic of China (PRC) may act against Taiwan in the coming weeks and months. It provides a concept depicting one possible course of action for an invasion of Taiwan by the PRC. The concept assumes that the PRC wants to annex Taiwan with the majority of its industrial and technological infrastructure intact with minimal fighting, which means avoiding engaging in urban warfare.
by Joseph N. Gardner | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 8:35pm | 0 comments
The world has a history of repeating themes, such as the collapse of states and global unrest, about every twenty years
by Preston McLaughlin | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 4:49pm | 0 comments
Frank “Gus” Biggio, foreword by General Stanley McChrystal, USA Ret. The Wolves of Helmand: A View From Inside The Den of Modern War. Forefront Books, 2020. Distributed by Simon and Schuster: USA. [ISBN 978-1-948677-64-6, Hardcover) 288 pages]. Due to be released on 10 November 2020.
by Peter Kent Forster | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 4:41pm | 0 comments
Ansar al-Sunna wa Jama’ah, Mozambique’s emerging jihadi umbrella group, has been active in the northern province of Cabo Delgado since 2017. Its sustainability is benefitting from a number of enablers. While it remains possible for the Mozambique government to defeat Ansar al-Sunna, the task is becoming more complex as the drivers of sustainability continue to mature. This paper identifies five key enablers, analyzes their current state, and offers practical suggestions on counter-measures
by Brent W. Thompson | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 4:33pm | 0 comments
"China is on the clock. The PRC has long held that Taiwan is a “rebel province” that it must bring under its control." Will a crisis present an opportunity that it can exploit? Does the Russian model for annexation of Crimea in 2014 offer a template for what the PRC might do in Taiwan?
by Kevin Bilms, by Douglas A. Livermore | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 9:47am | 0 comments
Counterterrorism must be reframed in the era of Great Power Competition. The new unclassified summary of the Irregular Warfare Annex to the National Defense Annex requires placing counterterrorism and countering violent extremist organizations in the proper context and directs DOD to “degrade and, on order, defeat designated priority VEOs… [and] sustain a network to share the burden with willing and capable partners.”
by Richard Burchill | Tue, 10/06/2020 - 8:09pm | 0 comments
The impact of the COVID-19 upon the world in 2020 has been profound. Across the globe the day to day lives of people have changed dramatically and it is unlikely these changes will diminish anytime soon. There has been an extensive range of action taken in response to COVID such as stay at home orders, including working from home; limitations on movement within and between countries; limited access to various public and private services. These measures have had knock-on impacts such as a major downturn in economic activity, stressed supply chains, and disruptions to transport networks, amongst others. Both the threat posed by COVID-19 and the impact it has on our day to day lives appears set to continue for a considerable period of time.

Blog Posts

by Dave Maxwell | Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:02am | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by Dave Maxwell | Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:46am | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by David S. Maxwell | Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:31am | 0 comments
A Roundup of the Day's News
by Dave Maxwell | Wed, 10/21/2020 - 9:01am | 0 comments
A roundup of the day’s news.
by SWJ Editors | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 7:59pm | 0 comments
Updates to the USMC Commandant's Professional Reading List
by Dave Maxwell | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:44pm | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by Dave Maxwell | Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:20pm | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by Dave Maxwell | Mon, 10/19/2020 - 2:41pm | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by Dave Maxwell | Mon, 10/19/2020 - 1:52pm | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by David S. Maxwell | Sun, 10/18/2020 - 12:09pm | 0 comments
A Round-up of the Day's News
by David S. Maxwell | Sun, 10/18/2020 - 11:30am | 0 comments
A Round-up of the Day's News
by Dave Maxwell | Sat, 10/17/2020 - 5:45pm | 0 comments
A Round-up of the Day's News
by Dave Maxwell | Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:20pm | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by Dave Maxwell | Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:04pm | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.
by Dave Maxwell | Thu, 10/15/2020 - 11:16am | 0 comments
A roundup of the day's news.