2018 Online Exclusive Articles

Exclusive Online articles are published only online to support timely discussion on emerging time-sensitive issues. Online publication also allows us to publish more articles than before due to the unconstrained nature of the website.

March 2018 Online Exclusive Articles

What’s in a Name? Psychological Operations versus Military Information Support Operations and an Analysis of Organizational Change

Maj. David Cowan, U.S. Army
Maj. Chaveso Cook, U.S. Army

As an agent of influence, PSYOP compels the enemy to surrender or submit without the use of physicality. Now that the term PSYOP has returned, we can focus on PSYOP’s ability to operate both comfortably and obliquely in the psychological battlespace within the “gray matter” of the adversary and foreign populations instead of confusing ourselves.

Article republished on: 6 March 2018

Warbots and Due Care The Cognitive Limitations of Autonomous and Human Combatants

Maj. Jules “Jay” Hurst, U.S. Army Reserve

The author of this article examines how jus in bello responsibility will have to shift as autonomous weapons grow in sophistication.

Article republished on: 5 March 2018

February 2018 Online Exclusive Articles

Fostering a Whole-of-Government Approach to National Security from the Bottom Up Interagency Training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center

James W. Derleth, PhD

The author of this article underscores the importance of various U.S. government agencies training together, and describes how the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, currently the only entity providing such training, readies its participants for a whole-of-government approach to fostering security.

Article republished on: 28 February 2018

Why They Hate Us - An Examination of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ in Salafi-Jihadist Ideology

Chaplain (Maj.) Joshua Gilliam, U.S. Army

The concept of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ ensures this. However, through the application of the correct instrument of national power (information)—and judicious use of the others—we may yet contain this hate.

Article republished on: 15 February 2018

January 2018 Online Exclusive Articles

What Kind of Victory for Russia in Syria?

Michael Kofman
Matthew Rojansky, JD

The authors discuss in detail Russian actions during its intervention in Syria and whether Russia succeeded in meeting its military and political goals in that conflict.

Article republished on: 24 January 2018

Soldier, Are You on My Friends List?
An Examination and Recommendations for the Military Leader-Subordinate Relationship on Social Media

Maj. Gregory C. Mabry Jr., PsyD, LCSW, BCD, U.S. Army

The author argues that commanders should look to new ways to incorporate social media into rapport-building as well as monitoring the well-being of those in their command. He provides suggestions and insights for incorporating social media into leadership practices and behavioral health support.

Article republished on: 19 January 2018

North Korea Solution Changed Regime

Col. James M. Minnich, U.S. Army

Now is the time for Seoul and Washington to boldly assume risk by adopting a changed-regime policy that will genuinely align Pyongyang within their orbits if they are truly committed to avoiding war unless it is the absolute last resort.

Article republished on: 12 January 2018

Design to Execution Into the Suwalki Gap

Col. Charles Kemper, Minnesota Army National Guard
Maj. Jacob Helgestad, Minnesota Army National Guard
Maj. Nathan Colvin, U.S. Army
Maj. Simon Cox, British Royal Marines

Officers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division describe the logistical effort to coordinate across partner nations and territories to achieve their objectives in Saber Strike 2017. The description of coordinating a multinational air assault, attack on an objective, and a forward passage of lines offers insight into contemporary challenges in preparing to achieve an objective.

Article republished on: 12 January 2018

The Right Fit - Mission Command in the Twenty-First Century

Lt. Col. Matthew T. Archambault, U.S. Army
Capt. Franklin G. Peachey, U.S. Army
Capt. Jennifer P. Sims, U.S. Army

A battalion commander, his intelligence officer, and his signals officer collaborate on a discussion of how their unit developed a mission command mindset while serving as the opposing force at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany.

Article republished on: 8 January 2018

Perceptions and Courses of Actions toward Iran

Jo-Anne Hart, Ph.D.

Take this quick quiz: In which Islamic theocracy were there immediate and repeated public outpourings of sympathy for Americans following the 9/11 attacks in 2001? If you did not know about the several candlelight vigils in Iran, you are not alone. In fact, few Americans know that hundreds of Iranians gathered publicly to pay their respects and to show their solidarity with the American people, first on 13 September, then in two other vigils.

Article republished on: 4 January 2018 (Originally published Sept-Oct 2005)

Understanding Information as a Weapon - The Virtual Reality/Sand Table Model of Information Conflict

Lt. Col. Jon Herrmann, U.S. Air Force Reserve
Lt. Col. Brian Steed, U.S. Army

The authors highlight the need for clear visual representations of the information environment, to help military thinkers better comprehend the complex information environment.

Article published on: 1 January 2018