Category counterinsurgency

Mercenaries Killed In Syria Were Part Of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force

Mercenaries Killed in Syria Were Part of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force By Bill Gertz, View Original February 15th, 2018 President Vladimir Putin / Getty Images Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The dead fighters worked […]

What Syria Reveals About The Future Of War

As David Maxwell said: “A sober assessment.”   Conclusion: So this is what the Syrian war suggests about future conflicts: They will be intricately complex; they will involve conflict-specific configurations of participants; there will be no humanitarian intervention to stop them; and the United Nations will be a nonfactor. But that isn’t all. It gets […]

Threat Assessment #Fail: al-Qaeda Quietly Growing, By Design

Conclusion: A critical concern for the coming year is that terrorists could export battlefield tactics to populated urban centers far from war zones. Examples of this include ISIS’s use of drones for attacks and the potential for chemical weapons attacks. So when I look at the threat picture over the next year, I see one […]

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy In Syria

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy in Syria · by | Bennett Seftel · February 6, 2018 Bottom Line: While ISIS’s territory has dwindled, al Qaida has managed to build a strong following in Syria, and may use the civil-war-torn country as a base from which to target the West. The group has evolved into the […]

Why The Army Isn’t Prepared For The Next Great War

Why the Army Isn’t Prepared for the Next Great War The National Interest · by Douglas Macgregor · January 31, 2018 Next week the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland will hold a hearing on Army modernization. Just twelve months ago, in a similar hearing, the U.S. Army was, according to its own senior leaders, in dismal shape. The […]

National Security Expert To Congress: U.S. Not Ready For Warfare’s Future

Excerpts: “The steps necessary to counter these threats are clear. Increase investment in long-range strikes, stealthy uninhabited aircraft to hunt mobile targets, advanced munitions, electronic warfare, and undersea strikes,” said Paul Scharre, a senior fellow and director at the Center for a New American Security’s Technology and National Security Program. He testified at a House […]

My Father Fought The CIA’s Secret War In Laos

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell:  Joe Celeski (retired SF Colonel, former Commander of 3d SFG) is writing what I believe will be the definitive history on the employment of US Special Forces in […]

Preventing a Post-Collapse Crisis in North Korea

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comments:  It is good that more and more people are writing and talking about regime collapse and unification.  Most of them are “johnny come lately’s” and discovering issues […]

If The Kim Regime Falls In North Korea, Sustained Armed Resistance Could Follow

The comments below in blue are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this article/page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  I am glad Steve is writing about this.  It is important that we recognize the likely resistance that will occur if the Kim Family Regime collapses (and very […]

One Leadership Skill That Turned 12 ‘Horse Soldiers’ Into An Elite Commando Team

Excerpts: In a scene from the movie 12 Strong, an Afghan general who linked up with a Special Forces team wants to raise an American flag over a village that their combined teams took back from the Taliban. Captain Mitch Nelson (played by Chris Hemsworth) refuses. “It’s your city, general. You raise your flag,” Nelson […]