Military Legitimacy


The Diplomat – China’s Maritime Operation: The ‘Gray Zone’ in Black and White – 18 May 2017

Image Credit: China Defense Blog http://thediplomat.com/2017/05/chinas-maritime-operation-the-gray-zone-in-black-and-white/ There is no problem in the “gray zone” because the “gray zone” does not exist. By Ben Lowsen May 18, 2017 “Much has been made lately of China’s maritime operations in the “gray zone,” referring to operations achieving military objectives like island seizure while…


WSJ – Pentagon Ramps Up Space Warfare Effort – 26 April 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-ramps-up-space-warfare-effort-1493199003 Gen. John Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee that ‘we must prepare for a conflict that extends into space’ through defensive measures, but also by building ‘an offensive capability to challenge’ adversaries. PHOTO: YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS . By Andy Pasztor The Wall Street Journal April 26, 2017 5:30 a.m….


Holocaust Remembrance Day – Memory of Justice – 24 APR 2017

https://www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembrance/remembrance-day-calendar Dear Friends: As millions have observed Pesach and Easter around the world, freedom from societal and personal enslavement, and renewal of hope and spirituality, we have a multi-faith, multi cultural event and a remembrance captured on film worth noting. The 1976 documentary “The Memory of Justice” is newly restored…


Just Security – What Do Top Legal Experts Say About the Syria Strikes? – 7 April 2017

https://www.justsecurity.org/39712/top-legal-experts-syria-strikes/ “[Just Security] asked several of the very top legal minds about their views concerning Thursday night’s airstrikes by the United States in response to the Syrian government’s reported use of chemical weapons.  [They] have provided their verbatim responses … and will be adding more.” and for a brief video (albeit…


MWI – CONCRETE BARRIERS: A FALSE COUNTERINSURGENCY IDOL – 23 March 2017

http://mwi.usma.edu/concrete-barriers-false-counterinsurgency-idol/ “In his MWI article, ‘The Most Effective Weapon on the Modern Battlefield is Concrete,’ Maj. John Spencer argues that ‘concrete contributed to reducing the complexity of the urban environment, served as a major tool in establishing stability, and functioned as a powerful weapon against enemies using safe havens within…


MWI – “WHAT AN ARMY MEGACITIES UNIT WOULD LOOK LIKE” – 7 March 2017

http://mwi.usma.edu/army-megacities-unit-look-like/ “MWI’s Maj. John Spencer writes another thought provoking piece on the Army preparing for military operations in a megacity.” See also: IT’S TIME TO CREATE A MEGACITIES COMBAT UNIT By John Spencer http://mwi.usma.edu/time-create-megacities-combat-unit/ And also: Urban Warfare: Army, Marine Corps Prepare to Fight in Megacities November 2016 By Yasmin Tadjdeh…


MWI – “WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? THE UNFORTUNATE OMISSION IN THE ARMY’S COIN DOCTRINE” – 7 March 2017

http://www.mwi.usma.edu/women-unfortunate-omission-armys-coin-doctrine/ Where Are the Women? The Unfortunate Omission in the Army’s COIN Doctrine. “Megan Anderson provides a thought provoking analysis of the Army’s counterinsurgency doctrine.” And see: FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/Repository/Materials/COIN-FM3-24.pdf See also earlier examinations from other authors: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/477665/pdf Counterinsurgency and Gender: The Case of the Female Engagement Teams http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/11096/1/Khalili_-_Gendered_Practcies_of_Counterinsurgency.pdf…


New York Times – Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser – 20 February 2017

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/us/politics/mcmaster-national-security-adviser-trump.html?emc=edit_na_20170220&nl=breaking-news&nlid=44923803&ref=headline&_r=0&referer= See also a partial webliography: http://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/documents/cact/LtGenMcMasterBio.pdf https://www.iiss.org/en/persons/hr-s-mcmaster http://www.hoover.org/profiles/h-r-mcmaster Studying War and Warfare – by Major General H.R. McMaster https://www.army.mil/article/130026 http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iconoclast-army-general-to-get-third-star/ http://www.westpointcoh.org/interviews/practical-lessons-of-the-vietnam-war http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/human-element-when-gadgetry-becomes-strategy http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100walkup/article/0,28804,1611030_1610841_1610336,00.html http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/07/20/reviews/970720.20spectot.html


On the passing of LTG (R) Hal Moore – 10 February 2017

  http://www.lzxray.com/sites/default/files/AfterActionReport.pdf https://youtu.be/wYK4jrhepdU https://youtu.be/AQVte-dL86Y “Mansions of the Lord” is a hymn written by Randall Wallace and set to the music of Nick Glennie-Smith. “Mansions” was originally written for the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, and was performed by the United States Military Academy Glee Club and the Metro Voices: To…