Category Special Operations

The Myth Of Decisive Battle Wars Are Won By Defense And Attrition, Not The All-Out Clashes That So Often Tempt Generals.

The Myth Of Decisive Battle Wars Are Won By Defense And Attrition, Not The All-Out Clashes That So Often Tempt Generals. Ian F.W. Beckett reviews “The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost” by Cathal J. Nolan. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-myth-of-decisive-battle-1487961183?tesla=y Tanks from the ‘Wild Bunch’ company of Task Force 1-64 Armor […]

McMaster May Reorganize Trump’s Foreign Policy Team

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/hr-mcmaster-trump-foreign-policy.html McMaster May Reorganize Trump’s Foreign Policy Team Once Again Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster is likely to changean organization chart that caused concern when it was released last month. AL DRAGO / THE NEW YORK TIMES By PETER BAKER FEBRUARY 22, 2017 WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s new national security adviser, is […]

Mattis’s Pyrrhic Personnel War: SecDef Clashes With White House About Staffing The Pentagon

Mattis’s Pyrrhic Personnel War The defense secretary clashes with the White House about staffing the Pentagon. https://www.wsj.com/articles/mattiss-pyrrhic-personnel-war-1487894275 The defense secretary at a press conference in Baghdad, Feb. 20. PHOTO: ZUMA PRESS By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Updated Feb. 23, 2017 7:20 p.m. ET 203 COMMENTS Every military tactician fears the Pyrrhic victory-winning a battle but losing the war. Defense […]

New Anti-Islamic State Plan Could Change U.S. Strategy In Syria

New Anti-Islamic State Plan Could Change U.S. Strategy In Syria By Karen Deyoung, www.washingtonpost.com View Original A member of the YPG uses a radio in a village close to the frontline in Tal Samin, Syria, in November, during the operation to isolate Raqqa.Photo by: Alice Martins/For The Washington Post President Trump’s developing plan to defeat the Islamic […]

Mattis Takes On The Pentagon Bureaucracy

Mattis Takes On The Pentagon Bureaucracy BY KATHERINE MCINTIRE PETERSDEPUTY EDITOR ,GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE By Read, www.defenseone.com View Original Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley AA Font size + Print Defense Secretary Jim Mattis exchanges greetings with Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, upon arriving at the Pentagon for his first […]

Lessons Not Learned: Viet Cong Infrastructure And The War In South Vietnam

Lessons Not Learned: Viet Cong Infrastructure And The War In South Vietnam thestrategybridge.org · by Robert J. Thompson · February 22, 2017 The Taliban resurgence jeopardizes the United States’s ability to conduct a pacification campaign in support of a foreign government. Indeed, the 2016 uptick in Taliban movement in Afghanistan mirrored that of North Vietnamese Viet Cong Infrastructure […]

Thermonuclear Cyber War

Thermonuclear Cyberwar Erik Gartzke Jon R. Lindsay J Cyber Secur tyw017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/cybsec/tyw017 Published: 14 February 2017 Article history Views PDF Cite Share Tools Nuclear command and control increasingly relies on computing networks that might be vulnerable to cyber attack. Yet nuclear deterrence and cyber operations have quite different political properties. For the most part, […]

Alien Bugs Hitching A Ride To Earth On Spacecraft Could ATTACK Humans And Must Never Be Allowed To Escape; Are We Prepared For A 21st Century Version Of…….’The Andromeda Strain?’

Alien Bugs Hitching A Ride To Earth On Spacecraft Could ATTACK Humans And Must Never Be Allowed To Escape; Are We Prepared For A 21st Century Version Of…….’The Andromeda Strain?’    http://www.fortunascorner.com       Phobe Weston writes on the February 20, 2017 online news site, the — Daily Mail Online —  about a growing concern among […]

Former Secretary Of Defense Carter Outlines The Future Of Warfare

Concluding Q&A: At heart, you’re a scientist. What is your advice to all the scientists concerned about the direction this White House is taking the country? Again, it’s very early. It’s very difficult to discern what the direction is. I’d encourage people to keep heart and to remember that we’ve been around for 241 years […]

A Glimpse Of Warfare’s Future, Today

David Maxwell’s comments are below and highlighted — before the actual article. The article referenced in this piece can be downloaded from the Prism web site at this link (note that this edition of Prism is all about SOF)  http://cco.ndu.edu/PRISM-6-3/Article/1020215/reaching-forward-in-the-war-against-the-islamic-state/ The article was written by Majors Christopher Thielenhaus and Eric Roles, both Special Forces officers at […]