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CHALLENGING ARMY FORCE DESIGN  By By E.J. Degen and John W. Spencer

As the Army resets after protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan it is an appropriate time to challenge existing Army beliefs about force structures and design. ...Read more >

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EMPLOYING ARMOR AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE:THE INEVITABLE URBAN COMBINED ARMS FIGHT  By By Dennis A. Lowe

ISIL cannot be destroyed relying solely on airstrikes, guided missiles and special operations. The Russians made a critical mistake thinking artillery and airstrikes could bend the Chechen’s to their will in ...Read more >

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COUNTERINSURGENCY OR IRREGULAR WARFARE  

Since 2006 the counterinsurgency (COIN) debate has both dominated and polarized the field of war studies and strategic studies. The publication of Field Manual 3 –24 (FM 3 –24) in 2006, which presented an overwhelmingly ...Read more >

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SMALL ARS JOURNAL  By Bruce J. Reider

The United States’ involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq during the previous decade sparked a renewed interest in the study of insurgency and counterinsurgency. For the most part, academics and practitioners ...Read more >

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SMALL WAR JOURNAL  By Douglas Macgregor

Russia’s revitalized Army seizes Crimea and skillfully exerts control in Eastern Ukraine. The Islamic State, a collection of fanatical Sunni Muslim terrorists in pickup trucks crush the U.S. trained Iraqi Army and overrun territory from Aleppo to Baghdad. ...Read more >

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SMALL WARS JOURNAL  By Wayne Tyrrell

The straightforward approach to evaluating how counterinsurgency had evolved across the 20th and into the 21st centuries would commence by evaluating the successful approaches to some of the early insurgencies of the ...Read more >

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INTRODUCTION : BRITISH WAYS OF COUNTERINSURGENCY  By Matthew Hughes

This essay introduces the special issue, drawing together the different studies around the central theme of the nature of the force used by Britain against colonial insurgents. It argues that the violence employed by British security forces in counter-insurgency to maintain imperial rule is best seen from a maximal perspective, contra traditional arguments that the British used minimum force to defeat colonial ...Read more >

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THE MISSING DIMENSION: IDF SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES AND STRATEGY IN THE SECOND LEBANON WAR  

In the course of the 2006 Lebanon War the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) employed special operations forces (SOF) for raids against Hizballahs command and control ...Read more >

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THE TACTICAL AND STRATEGIC USE OF SMALL ARMS BY TERRORISTS  

Recently Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced H.R. 1506, the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act. This legislation is designed to address what Rep. King has described as the terror gap, federal law enforcements lack of authority to block sales of firearms to individuals on terrorist watch ...Read more >

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GOLDWATER-NICHOLS II : IT IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK  

For the past decade, as a result of failures in interagency policy, planning, and execution in conducting military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a call for interagency reform has resonated inside and outside government, to include a list of whos who within governmental, military, and think-tank ...Read more >

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WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED THE ENEMY... AND IT IS US  

There was a certain logical simplicity to the way the U.S. military trained for war prior to 9/11. During training exercises, successful units engaged the enemy, achieved their objectives, and arrived at the limit of their ...Read more >

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INNOVATION IN A SMALL WAR  

Innovationin the way Marines orient on the enemy, analyze and adapt tactics, perform combined arms, and generate tempo within the current and future operating environment of threat and opportunityis a key tenant of Marine Corps warfighting philosophy. Modern military innovation studies give specific focus to many of these key concepts in an attempt to better understand how and why military praxis change over time. Inherent in many of the current theories are perceptions that can create ...Read more >

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INTERVIEW WITH RAY  

Members of the Small Wars Council represent a wide range of countries and backgrounds. While the board has a heavy Western representation, there are a number of members from outside the United States and Europe who have been with the Council from its earliest ...Read more >

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FORCE STRUCTURE FOR SMALL WARS  

Since 9/11 the armed forces of the United States have paid a steep price to acquire proficiency in counterinsurgency operations. After going through a painful learning process the Army and Marines published the now acclaimed counterinsurgency manual and implemented a new approach in Iraq that is delivering impressive ...Read more >

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN SMALL WARS  

The current rationale is that these types of conflicts cannot be resolved simply by military or rational, economic action. Paradoxically, the truth may be more subtle yet more ...Read more >

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