Rebuilding defense around SOF
Last year, Norway pulled its special-operations units from their various armed services and used them to create Norwegian Special Operations Command. The Ministry of Defence gave NORSOCOM...
By Lt. Col. Thomas Macias
In Yemen, an adversary adapts
It’s time to stop looking at al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula solely through a counterterrorism lens. AQAP, having realized that it requires the support of local populations to pursue...
By Daniel R. Green
Malice in Wonderstan
“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been...
By Col. Robert M. Cassidy
Print when ready, Gridley
Three-dimensional printing, a fast-moving technology that is still in its infancy, promises to upend the way we think about supply chains, sea basing and even maritime strategy. But it also...
By Lt. Cmdr. Michael Llenza
Crisis and opportunity
At this writing, sequestration is in effect, thanks to a Congress that, in the words of Slate’s John Dickerson, couldn’t even design a sword of Damocles right.
Beyond formality: A better way to negotiate in Afghanistan
As U.S. and Afghan officials negotiate the myriad details of their pledged strategic partnership, they will be pushed by war-weariness and political and economic pressures to settle for...
By Maj. Aram Donigian, Jeff Weiss and Davood Moradian
COIN in the air
Classic COIN theory, as reiterated in the 2006 Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency field manual, teaches us that force must be employed much differently when the battle is for political...
By Maj. Lee Robinson