Category counterinsurgency

Are We Prepared for ‘Hybrid Warfare’?

Are We Prepared for ‘Hybrid Warfare’? From Russia in Ukraine to China in the East China Sea, it is worth assessing how the world may respond. http://thediplomat.com/2015/ 02/are-we-prepared-for-hybrid- warfare/ 7XRzjYON By Prashanth Parameswaran February 13, 2015 \ Earlier this week, the Institute of International and Security Studies, a leading British think tank, released the 2015 […]

Islamic State Militants Attack/Seize Iraqi Town Of al Baghdadi — Just A Few Miles From Where U.S. Marines Are Deployed/Training Iraqi Soldiers — Probe To Assess Weaknesses/Vulnerabilities? Precursor To Bigger Attack?

Islamic State Militants Attack/Seize Iraqi Town Of al Baghdadi — Just A Few Miles From Where U.S. Marines Are Deployed/Training Iraqi Soldiers — Probe To Assess Weaknesses/Vulnerabilities? Precursor To Bigger Attack? http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Reuters News Agency, among other news and wire services, reported overnight that “Islamic State militants had overrun much of the Iraqi town/district of […]

Aiding ISIS victims Without Helping The Jihadists Is A Difficult Tatsk

Excerpt: Still, in moving beyond the neutrality principle, Spirit of America presents a compelling alternative to the existing framework, which arguably sidesteps the moral hazard issue and may inadvertently make conflicts worse. Aiding ISIS victims without helping the jihadists is a difficult task Armin Rosen – February 11, 2015 http://www.businessinsider. com/how-to-help-isis-victims- without-aiding-the-jihadists- 2015-2 The rise […]

BREAKING NEWS: Yemen Houthi Rebels Seize U.S. Embassy Vehicles In Sanna, Yemen, After Diplomats, Staff Leave

BREAKING NEWS: Yemen Houthi Rebels Seize U.S. Embassy Vehicles In Sanna, Yemen, After Diplomats, Staff Leave http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Reuters News Agency is reporting this evening that “armed Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital of Sanna seized U.S. Embassy vehicles — after the [U.S.] Ambassador and diplomats [remaining staff], left the country on Wednesday. Embassy employees reported […]

The Paris Attacks And The Logic of Insurgency

Excerpt: At its most basic, insurgency is a strategy of violence used by the weak-most often a nonstate organization-against the strong, normally a government. To have any chance of success, insurgents must goad counterinsurgents into mistakes. This plays out in several ways. Osama bin Laden’s grand strategy was to provoke the U.S. into over-extension with […]

“Uphill Battles:” Among the Guerillas Book Review

Looks like an interesting and worthy read Conclusion: While one can disagree with his retrospective estimate of the feasibility of a complete 1968 U.S. withdrawal, Mr. Scotton’s book offers fresh insight on a much-chronicled era. Moreover, “Uphill Battle” is a useful reminder of the enduring truths of effective counterinsurgency-particularly the need to build security and […]

New House Armed Services Chairman Plans Focus on Unconventional Warfare

New House Armed Services Chairman Plans Focus on Unconventional Warfare http://blogs.rollcall.com/ five-by-five/new-house-armed- services-chairman-plans-focus- on-unconventional-warfare/? dcz= By Tim Starks Posted at 7 a.m. Jan. 14, 2015 Comments in post: New House Armed Services Chairman Plans Focus on Unconventional Warfare0 ©Reprints Thornberry Langevin 04 022912 445×325 New House Armed Services Chairman Plans Focus on Unconventional Warfare Thornberry […]