Should we ditch unconventional warfare? A Special Forces officer would, and instead focus on support to Political Warfare

Misunderstandings about the nature of unconventional warfare and what it can be expected to accomplish are hindering the effective use of this core mission of US special operations forces. Replacing the term with the more readily understood “support to indigenous resistance” and reconnecting it to the concept of political...

Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular War – Lessons from History about Confronting Irregular Adversaries

A new study has been released by CSBA, “Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular War,” which looks at the US’s history in confronting irregular adversaries over the last 250 years, with recommendations for the future. Because COIN is hard and messy, our natural temptation...