Oct 18, 2021
On the Road to Jihad: Role of Foreign Fighters in Irregular Warfare
Foreign fighters play an influential role in Islamic extremist groups. They tend to be more violent, more committed, and more resistant to reconciliation than their indigenous...
Oct 13, 2021
Opinion: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Must Resign
Resignation won’t atone for lives lost, or the debacle that American involvement in Afghanistan became, but it would at least demonstrate an understanding of professional...
Oct 9, 2021
Drone Strikes Gone Wrong: Fixing a Strategic Problem
Watching the chaotic scenes in Kabul airport this last August, it is difficult to make sense of the manner in which Washington pulled the plug on a two-decade Coalition effort...
Sep 16, 2021
The Strategic Mistake of US Disengagement from Somalia
In December 1992, as an infantry platoon commander, I was among the first Marines to land in Mogadishu at the onset of Operation Restore Hope. It was a mission that made sense to me...
Sep 14, 2021
Losing Small Wars: Why U.S. Military Culture Leads to Defeat
“Sir – it’s the TEA” The Target Engagement Authority was a US one star who sat in the joint operations center in Erbil, with the task of...
Sep 4, 2021
Marine's Leader Accountability Questions Should Not Be Dismissed
U.S. Marine battalion commander Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was fired on Aug. 27 after he posted a video on ­LinkedIn and Facebook criticizing the “ineptitude” of U.S....
Aug 31, 2021
When Not to Obey Orders
During the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, a Prussian officer defended himself from reprimand by arguing that he was simply following orders. His commander, Prince Frederick Charles,...
Apr 12, 2021
Armed Overwatch: Airpower in Irregular Warfare
Aviation has played an important role in irregular warfare, from its use by the British against rebellious tribesmen in Iraq and Transjordan in the interwar period to the era of the...
Feb 12, 2021
Role of Irregular Warfare in Australia’s Great Strategic Shift
Australia is undergoing the most fundamental strategic realignment since the Second World War, toward a focus on threats closer to home without reliance on the United States. In that...
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