War on the Rocks – Maritime activities are an important aspect of the modern militant’s portfolio. Though there are technical and logistical barriers to entry, coastal and oceanic waters offer militants opportunities for both operational and financial gain.
– Traditional Right – The recent Houthi attacks on Saudi oil facilities at Khurais and Abqaiq, which are more than 500 miles from Yemen, offer a number of Fourth Generation war lessons.
– CIMSEC – In the past year a number of narco submarines have been seized in several Latin American states. Narco submarines continue to be a problem as hemispheric security forces combat drug trafficking. Unfortunately for every narco sub that is seized, another is under construction. While recent successful operations should be applauded, combating narco subs needs a regional strategy of its own.
– traditional RIGHT – William Lind on what weapons the US should be procuring to fight the Fourth Generation adversaries we face.
– The Atlantic – David Ignatius’ excellent analysis on ISIS.
– New York Times Magazine – More British Muslims have joint Islamic militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. How to understand the pull of jihad.
– Traditional Right – William Lind on why the US strategy to eliminate ISIS will fail.
– C-SPAN – William Lind gives a 15 minute talk summarizing a defensive grand strategy for the U.S. against 4th Generation opponents.
– The American Conservative – William Lind writes that the most curious thing about our four defeats in Fourth Generation War—Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan—is the utter silence in the American officer corps. Defeat in Vietnam bred a generation of military reformers, men such as Col. John Boyd USAF, Col. Mike Wyly USMC, and Col. Huba Wass de Czege USA, each of whom led a major effort to reorient his service. Today, the landscape is barren. Not a military voice is heard calling for thoughtful, substantive change. Just more money, please.
– Slightly East of New – Bill Lind argues Fourth Generation Warfare is alive and well…
– American Conservative – William Lind writes that for at least a decade, Colonel Tom Hammes has been one of the Marine Corps’ leading intellectuals. His book The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century should be read by anyone who has an interest in Fourth Generation warfare (4GW).
– American Conservative – William S. Lind says our splendid military is all for show.
Economist – Synthetic Biology: And man made life
Artificial life, the stuff of dreams and nightmares, has arrived
On War – Finis
Bill Lind’s last column on Fourth Generation Warfare (for now…)
Wall Street Journal – In Attics and Closets, ‘Biohackers’ Discover Their Inner Frankenstein
Hobbyists are tinkering with the building blocks of life in the comfort of their own homes. But are these biohackers a threat to national security?
Armed Forces Journal – COIN lies we love
Ralph Peters dissects the myth that the military has only a supporting role to play in counterinsurgency.
Politico – Pentagon preps for economic warfare
The Pentagon sponsored a first-of-its-kind war game last month focused not on bullets and bombs — but on how hostile nations might seek to cripple the U.S. economy, a scenario made all the more real by the global financial crisis.
Washington Post – Short ’06 Lebanon War Stokes Pentagon Debate
Greg Jaffe writes that a war that ended three years ago and involved not a single U.S. soldier has become the subject of an increasingly heated debate inside the Pentagon, one that could alter how the U.S. military fights in the future.
Armed Forces Journal – Terror at the border: A new terrorist threat is closer than you think
Col. Robert Killibrew writes that with American attention diverted to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic crisis and a hard-fought national election, national security experts have largely overlooked the bitter countercartel war in Mexico. But that war, which is beginning to overlap the U.S. border, is only the forerunner of an even more serious threat. Sometime in the near future a lethal combination of transnational terrorism and criminal gangs is going to cross the U.S. border in force. According to some, it already has, and we haven’t even noticed.
New York Times – John Nagl on the crucial importance of the small group of American military advisers who live and fight alongside foreign forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kansas City Star – An interview with LTC John Nagl.
Washington Post – One of the Army’s most prominent younger officers, Lt. Col. John Nagl, whose writings have influenced the conduct of the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq, said he has decided to leave the service to study strategic issues full time at a new Washington think tank.
Esquire – Thomas P.M. Barnett describes John Robb’s work on Global Guerillas.
Los Angeles Times – Robert Kaplan on how low-cost, low-risk operations such as those in Colombia and the Philippines show what the U.S. can achieve.
IEEE Spectrum – Terrorists are leveraging information technology to organize, recruit, and learnóand the West is struggling to keep up.