The Abu Ghraib prison debacle, wherein the showcasing of prisoner abuse was strewn across the international media stage, stands out as a glaring missed opportunity for said U.S. military personnel to proactively gain intelligence and actionable information from prisoners... There are numerous online accounts and statements by U.S. military officials condemning the torture and murders that occurred at Abu Ghraib...
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: An Institutional Analysis of the Commander’s Emergency Response Program by Timothy D. Gatlin The U.S. military has been engaged in protracted warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than a decade, and every aspect of the nation’s strategy, doctrine, and tactical operations is the topic of intense debate… Read More
An interagency review of U.S. government stabilization efforts is expected as early as this month. The Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) examines how the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Defense (DoD) coordinate their diplomacy, aid, and military operations, primarily in Syria and Iraq. A State… Read More
Featured article: The Impact of Worldviews on Training and Education in Iraq and Afghanistan by Ted A. Thomas and Seth George As a civil engineer working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1986, I was assigned as the project engineer for building an F-16 airbase in Beni Suef,… Read More
Inside this issue: Features Through the Looking Glass: The Reflectionism Theory of International Relations by Terron Wharton The Impact of Worldviews on Training and Education in Iraq and Afghanistan by Ted A. Thomas and Seth George “Out of Sync” – U.S. Africa Command and Recent Interagency Challenges by William Denn,… Read More
During World War II the United States understood it needed a capability that could occupy, control, and administer liberated by war torn areas of Europe. President Roosevelt, thus, directed the Army to organize, and train a civil administration capability able to assist with governance, security, and development. The Army gathered… Read More
Earlier this month, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Honorable Christine E. Wormuth spoke at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on the need for whole-of-government collaboration to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In her remarks, Wormuth stressed that combating ISIL is… Read More
In October 2005, Multi-National Corps–Iraq distributed a handbook to its commanders entitled “Commander’s Guide to Money as a Weapons System.” Recognizing the potential of money to have a positive and “non-lethal” impact on the battlespace, the handbook began by stating that “effective application of all available resources is vital to… Read More
October 22, 2014
Join us for an evening lecture and panel discussion that will compare and contrast the war termination measures of the Vietnam war with the current Post-9/11 conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq...