Recent & Past Publications

WOTR – Strategic Guidance for Countering the Proliferation of Strategic Guidance – 20 July 2017

Image: Senior Airman Amber Carter/U.S. Air Force By Mara Karlin and Christopher Skaluba https://warontherocks.com/2017/07/strategic-guidance-for-countering-the-proliferation-of-strategic-guidance/ “Having spent good portions of our Pentagon careers in the “strategy space,” we’ve been confronted by any number of arguments about the ultimate value of the strategic guidance enterprise. Credible points can be made that the department…


MWI – WHY THE MILITARY’S NONPARTISAN ETHIC HAS ERODED, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT – 27 June 2017

http://militarylegitimacyreview.com/?p=2104 https://mwi.usma.edu/militarys-nonpartisan-ethic-eroded/ Editor’s note: This article is based on a study conducted by the author and published by National Defense University Press. Read the full study at: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/Portals/68/Documents/casestudies/cco_casestudy-1.pdf?ver=2017-05-22-090156-52 “Normative violations of the nonpartisan ethic by members of the military might not grab headlines like the Marines United scandal, but both have…


NDU – Like, Comment, Retweet: The State of the Military’s Nonpartisan Ethic in the World of Social Media By Heidi A. Urben | CCO Case Study 1 – 22 May 2017

http://ndupress.ndu.edu/Portals/68/Documents/casestudies/cco_casestudy-1.pdf?ver=2017-05-22-090156-523 Executive Summary The State of the Military’s Nonpartisan Ethic in the World of Social MediaPast research contends that with the exception of voting in presidential elections, military officers’ political participation is fairly muted. Moreover, most allegations of political outspokenness tend to be levied at retired officers, not those on…


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….


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…


NIC – Global Trends – The Paradox of Progress

https://www.dni.gov/files/images/globalTrends/documents/GT-Full-Report.pdf Paradox of Progress “The achievements of the industrial and information ages are shaping a world to come that is both more dangerous and richer with opportunity than ever before. Whether promise or peril prevails will turn on the choices of humankind.” “Every four years since 1997, the National Intelligence…




Recent Publications and Conference – Preserving Art and Culture in Times of War – April 4-6, 2017

https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#event_id/52835/view/event http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=13637&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/INTRO/400 and see: http://www.apollo-magazine.com/is-the-destruction-of-cultural-property-a-war-crime/ In March 2001, six months before the attacks of 9/11, the Taliban provoked international outrage when it destroyed two Ancient statues of the Buddha carved into a hillside in the Bamiyan valley in Afghanistan. Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader at time, considered the…