As we begin another cycle of wars, we owe it to ourselves & our soldiers to ask the big question: why do we keep losing? Here is an answer.
Summary: Yesterday's post explained why our Long War has produced so few gains at such a high cost in money and blood. It did not explain why our military — led by the best-educated officers in history — repeats the tactics that have failed in so many similar wars? This leads to a second question: after that problem is … Continue reading How to win the Long War
Summary: So many posts here describe how we are losing. Since we've forgotten, I'm reposting explanations of why and how we are losing -- and how we can win in the age when 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. Step one: adopt a rational grand strategy. The original version was posted in … Continue reading Let’s try a defensive strategy in America’s wars, and win.
Summary: Today's violence from Islamic extremists has many similarities to the anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Using standard police and intelligence methods, Western governments defeated the anarchists -- without massive restrictions on civil liberties, without military operations. We can defeat today's Islamic extremists using similar methods -- reversing the results from 16 years of … Continue reading We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago
Summary: Slowly America begins to come to grips with its defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan, as experts provide simple easy explanations. Here we look at the 3rd such major article, a demonstration that the main lesson of our defeats is that we refuse to learn from them. Eyes tightly closed we stumble onto a rough … Continue reading A powerful new article shows why we lose so many wars: FAILure to learn