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Rethinking Terrorism; a reveiw of Open Source Jihad


Terrorism and terrorism studies seem to have taken a back seat in the public consciousness of late. At least it appears to have in regards to the subject of National Security. Most governments have shifted focus back to great power confrontations and the desire to escape from the long wars we have been fighting for the last 18 years and focus instead on the more familiar aspect of state on state traditional maneuver warfare. However, terrorist and terrorist attacks still occur and we are likely to see an undercurrent of terrorism studies persist.Open Source Jihad takes a meta-analysis of the academic pursuit. Not looking at terrorism itself but attempting to quantify our attempts to study this phenomenon effectively.

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How we fight? A review of Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures


Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures should be taken as a cautionary text by those involved in all aspects of national security; from the tactical level of the Lieutenant in charge of a platoon, through the field grade officer in charge of operational concerns, through to those who create the national strategy followed by all.

Effects of Economic and Conflict Shift on U.S. Military Operations: What Future Conflict May Look Like


Two forces - the global economy and the nature of conflict changing and shifting - are the most likely aspects of ongoing change that will affect United States joint and multinational military operations. These changes will require the United States military to be a more dynamic and a more flexible force.

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My review of The Art of War


Since its discovery by Western scholars The Art of War by Sun Tzu has influenced and shaped military education, strategy, and tactics. Its impact has reached beyond military applications to affect business and social life as well. However, it seems that some of the basic tenets of the book and the lessons it teaches need are seldom accurately remembered and need to be constantly relearned by western leadership. It would serve them well to remember the words of Sun Tzu.

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My Review of The Spy Who Changed History: The Untold Story of How the Soviet Union Won the Race for America’s Top Secrets


On October 31 2018, the Justice Department of the United States issued charges against two Chinese nationals for being intelligence operatives for the Chinese Ministry of State Security. The activities of the MSS highlight the precarious and desirous position that American knowledge, industrial secrets, and ingenuity still hold as the pinnacle of intellectual know-how. For the Soviets, after the horror of the First World War and the shocking self inflicted damage of their own civil war, the stakes must have seemed even higher.

My Review of The Spy Net: The Greatest Intelligence Operations of the First World War


November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. Living in the United Kingdom, as I do at the moment, this is a significant event. The Spy Net by Henry Landau, would seem to help fill the gap. One would expect to find the stories of daring patriots risking life and limb to provide information to the Triple Entente to stop the plans of the vile Huns.

Review of Starship Troopers


Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was never a big fan of military science fiction growing up. Oh, I was a huge fan of Star Trek, and still am, but never a fan of “hard” military science fiction. Star Trek, although inarguably set in a military situation, was …

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Review of Anticipating Surprise


Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning by Cynthia M. Grabo My rating: 3 of 5 stars Fair warning here, no pun intended, Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning is a difficult book to get through. It is based on a previously classified book by Cynthia M. Grabo to teach CIA analysts how to conduct warning …

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Check out this review of America’s Great Game


America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I finish this book today, forces backed by the United States have announced they are heading toward the erstwhile capital of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. …

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