Ukraine activates its “resistance force”

Crimea attacks point to Ukraine’s newest strategy: Resistance prepares for ground offensive Ukraine is hoping that a new strategy of attacking key military targets deep inside Russian-occupied territory will undermine Moscow’s ability to withstand an eventual Ukrainian counteroffensive, Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, said in a Wednesday interview. Ukraine’s conventional forces lack the weapons and

Terrorism Redefined

Courtesy of Small Wars Journal, Published Sat, 07/09/2022 – 12:08pm By Kevin Chapla Walter Laqueur declared an objective definition of terrorism to be impossible. The concept had appeared too often, in too many forms, within too great a variety of contexts that attempting a definition would be futile. Laqueur, resigned to defeat in his pursuit

Conventional versus Hybrid Warfare

Small Wars Journal – Wed, 04/27/2022 Conventional Warfare versus ‘Hybrid Threats’: An Example of the Either-or Fallacy By Tarik Solmaz Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has undermined the prevailing premises in the West about the character of contemporary warfare. Over the past decade, the Western world, generally speaking, had seemed to be convinced that actions that fall

Special Operations and Ethics

Special Warfare magazine has published an issue devoted to special operations and ethics.   Special Operations, and unconventional warfare in particular, present ethical and moral issues at a much greater rate and to more junior individuals than any other type of military operation, possibly any other human activity. These operations ask young men and women

New SOF Vision Statement

There is a new Special Operations Forces (SOF) Vision Statement and Strategy. United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) have teamed up to publish the document. This partnership is in itself noteworthy, given the quiet angst surrounding the SOLIC’s new “Service-Secretary” role in

Oversight of Special Operations – Who’s Who

This article provides a quick introduction to the positions and personalities involved in the oversight of special operations forces and their employment. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) oversees the development and implementation of defense policy writ large, including policy relevant to special operations and special operations

Russian Casualties Mounting

From the Wilson Center’s Stubborn Things blog, an interesting observation on Russian casualties: More Russians were killed in Ukraine in the first three weeks of the invasion than the U.S. lost in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Russia is paying a high price for its war against Ukraine. As the war enters its second month, according to

IW Roundup — May 24, 2021

This Week in Irregular Warfare Myanmar military targets rebels as coup resistance intensifies; Investigations held on reports claiming death of Boko Haram’s leader; Chad accuses Libyan fighters of undermining terrorism fight; Iran rejects Canadian ruling of Ukrainian plane shot down as act of terrorism; and more… Welcome to the latest installment of The Irregular Warrior’s

IW Roundup — May 17, 2021

This Week in Irregular Warfare Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City kill nearly 200; Western intelligence agencies seek new Afghan allies; U.S. targets domestic extremism with new efforts; New Zealand calls for “ethical algorithms” to counter online radicalization; and more… Welcome to the latest installment of The Irregular Warrior’s news digest on Irregular Warfare and Special