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Part II of conversation with Gen. Lute and Amb. Grossman now available



Part II of conversation with Gen. Lute and Amb. Grossman now available
The most recent edition of the “The General and the Ambassador” podcast series features another conversation with Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy, General Douglas Lute, and Ambassador Marc Grossman. McCarthy and her guests discuss the role of diplomacy and of military in building alliances, the huge imbalance of resources between the… Read More

Featured Article: Is it Time for an Interagency Goldwater-Nichols Act?



Featured Article: Is it Time for an Interagency Goldwater-Nichols Act?

The unstable global economic situation in conjunction with an ever-increasing fight for resources and power ensure future warfare will resemble the previous ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Moreover, the absolute necessity for close cooperation between both sides of the interagency, painfully learned during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), must permeate doctrine for the foreseeable future...

Featured Article: When Diplomacy Fails…



Featured Article: When Diplomacy Fails…
Featured article: When Diplomacy Fails: Consent, Risk and Modern Warfare by M. Shane Riza I sat on troop seats in the back of a KC-135 Stratotanker crossing the Atlantic the week before Christmas 1998. My feet were experiencing negative temperatures, while my head felt like it was in the tropics.… Read More

Featured Article: Intellectual Habits in Understanding the Operational Environment



Featured Article: Intellectual Habits in Understanding the Operational Environment
Featured article: Intellectual Habits in Understanding the Operational Environment by James T. Wilson Einstein acknowledges the importance of understanding the operational environment. If we do not understand the complex environment in which we operate, then we are likely wasting effort or possibly worsening the condition. The Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework… Read More

Featured Article: Fiscal Crises Experimentation…



Featured Article: Fiscal Crises Experimentation…
Featured article: Fiscal Crises Experimentation: A Darwinian Approach by Allan D. Childers and Mark H. Sweberg History demonstrates that periodically the nation goes through fiscal evolutions that change the environment in which U.S. government departments and agencies shape their organizations, programs, and activities. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution posits that… Read More

Featured Article: A Novel Approach to Reducing Violence and Poverty in El Salvador



Featured Article: A Novel Approach to Reducing Violence and Poverty in El Salvador
Featured article: Enabling Tax Payments: A Novel Approach to Reducing Violence and Poverty in El Salvador by Ann Low Poorly organized governments collect insufficient revenue to pay for police forces and civil administrations whose staff are consistently well trained, highly motivated, and immune from bribery. Inadequate tax collections generate weak… Read More

Featured Article: Defeating the Taliban’s Shadow Government…



Featured Article: Defeating the Taliban’s Shadow Government…
Featured article: Defeating the Taliban’s Shadow Government: A Foreign Internal Governance Strategy by Daniel R. Green As the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) assumes greater control of its sovereignty and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan diminishes, the ability of Special Operations Forces (SOF) to exercise positive political… Read More

2019 Trafficking in Persons report released



2019 Trafficking in Persons report released
Last week, the Department of State released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report provides a comprehensive assessment of global efforts to combat human trafficking, and the report acts as a guide for continued efforts in the U.S. and around the world. In his message introducing the… Read More

Featured Article: Fundamentally Restructuring Interagency Operations…



Featured Article: Fundamentally Restructuring Interagency Operations…
Featured article: Fundamentally Restructuring Interagency Operations for Future Success by Ryan Hilger “The whole thing was uncoordinated and did not get us very far. The upshot is that in the ninth year of the war we are starting from scratch.” – Ambassador Richard Holbrook Ambassador Holbrooke’s lighthearted comments about the… Read More

Featured Article: Musicians of Mars…



Featured Article: Musicians of Mars…
Featured article: Musicians of Mars: Attaining Interagency Consensus on Perpetual War in Afghanistan by Robert H. Gregory, Jr. There is still a tendency in each separate unit… to be a one-handed puncher. By that I mean the rifleman wants to shoot, the tanker to charge, the artilleryman to fire…. That… Read More