Recommended Readings

7 July 2021


Back to the Future: Resetting Special Operations Forces for Great Power Competition – Modern War Institute (

American Decline: Losing the Campaign for Influence – Modern War Institute (

Learning from SolarWinds – War on the Rocks

Episode 30: Is the Era of Manoeuvre Warfare Dead? | Royal United Services Institute (

Episode 31: When Did We Stop Inventing Stuff? | Royal United Services Institute (


What Would Clausewitz Read? Professional Reading with a Purpose – Modern War Institute (

Political Science Can Go Dangerously Viral (

Winning Without War: Chinese Supremacy in Global Supply Chains (

Old Habits Die Hard: Special Operations Forces, Twenty Years of Counterterrorism, and the New Era of Great Power Competition – Modern War Institute (

Invisible Wounds: Proust Phenomenon Odors Evoking Wartime Memories | LinkedIn

Future Urban Conflict, Technology, and the Protection of Civilians • Stimson Center

NATO is not preparing for the next war :: NATO Briefs Series :: Foundation for Strategic Research :: FRS (

What America Didn’t Understand About Its Longest War – POLITICO

A Status Check on the Army’s Preparation for the Next War – Modern War Institute (

China Isn’t That Strategic – The Atlantic

4 June 2021


Multiple Interesting Podcasts: Western Way of War Podcast Series | RUSI

T.E. Lawrence on Weaponizing Social Movements – YouTube

‎War on the Rocks: Change or Die on Apple Podcasts


Irregular Versus Conventional Warfare: A Dichotomous Misconception – Modern War Institute (

Group-think: what it is and how to avoid it (

It’s time to drop ‘competition’ from US defense strategy | TheHill (

To Deter or Win Future Wars, the United States Must Reverse the Cost-Exchange Ratio | Proceedings – May 2021 Vol. 147/5/1,419 (

Read Voraciously: General Miller’s  Reading Recommendations – From the Green Notebook

On American military strategic frames and self-imposed limitations: designing disruptive and alternative constructs | LinkedIn

The Truth About Tripwires: Why Small Force Deployments Do Not Deter Aggression – Texas National Security Review (

Special Operations and Design Thinking: Through the Looking Glass of Organizational Knowledge Production: Special Operations Journal: Vol 2, No 1 (

Clausewitz and the Strategic Deficit » Wavell Room

The ambiguity of hybrid warfare: A qualitative content analysis of the United Kingdom’s political–military discourse on Russia’s hostile activities: Contemporary Security Policy: Vol 0, No 0 (

The UK Integrated Review and Future Generations | RUSI

Sharpening the Dagger: Optimising Special Forces for Future Conflict | RUSI

5 May 2021


General Angus Campbell on War in 2025 – YouTube

What is “Strategic Thought”? – YouTube

How Small Wars Fit into Big Ones: Lessons from the Masters of Irregular Warfare – Modern War Institute (

The Battle of Marawi – Modern War Institute (

The Unconventional Future of Conventional War – War on the Rocks


Failing to Train: Conventional Forces in Irregular Warfare – Modern War Institute (

CENTCOM Commander: Drones Dropping Explosives ‘Probably Concerns Me the Most’ – Homeland Security Today (

Bombs in the Box: China’s Trojan Horse Navy – SpyTalk

Striking the Right Balance: How Russian Information Operations in the Baltic States Should Inform US Strategy in Great Power Competition – Modern War Institute (

Building and Enabling Urban Resistance Networks In Small Countries – A Crucial Role For U.S. Special Forces In Great Power Competition | Small Wars Journal

Historic Marine Plan to Reinvent The Corps EXCLUSIVE « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

The Future of Sino-U.S. Proxy War – Texas National Security Review (

Back to the Future: Getting Special Forces Ready for Great-Power Competition – War on the Rocks

Wargaming for the New Great Game – Modern War Institute (

2 April 2021


Hybrid is Everything and Everything is Hybrid | RUSI

How Small Wars Fit into Big Ones: Lessons from the Masters of Irregular Warfare – Modern War Institute (


Maneuver Warfare: “Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated” – Modern War Institute (

Learning the lessons of Nagorno-Karabakh the Russian way (

Are U.S. Special Forces Quietly Using Armed Robots? (

Thinking beyond the Books: Sociological Biases of Our Military Institutions (

Incorporating the Cyberspace Domain: How Russia and China Exploit Asymmetric Advantages in Great Power Competition – Modern War Institute (

Turkey’s New Joint Operational Concepts Foreshadow the Future of Armed Conflict – Georgetown Security Studies Review

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, and the Risk of Catalytic Nuclear War – Modern War Institute (

An Irregular Upgrade to Operational Design – War on the Rocks

Russian Forces in Kaliningrad: Implications of the newly formed 18th Guards Motor Rifle Division – Russia Military Analysis (

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1 March 2021

Total Defense: How the Baltic States Are Integrating Citizenry Into Their National Security Strategies | Small Wars Journal

Building the Next Generation of Boyds, Hoppers, Krulaks and Pattons – Modern War Institute (

Chemical Weapons and the Hierarchy of Victims – War on the Rocks

The Army Needs an Urban Warfare School and it Needs it Soon – Modern War Institute (

Poland | Simulation of war with Russia with the participation of F35 and Patriot turns into a fiasco | News on Defence, Security and International Relations (

Special operations (forces) explained | Militaire Spectator

Is the Department of Defense Making Enough Progress in Wargaming? – War on the Rocks

Military “Science”: What Have You Done For Me Lately? | by Grant Martin | Feb, 2021 | Medium

Resourcing Irregular and Conventional Warfare Capabilities | RealClearDefense

Kill the Homothetic Army: Gen. Guy Hubin’s Vision of the Future Battlefield – War on the Rocks

I’m Sorry for Creating the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’ – Foreign Policy

What’s in a Name? Reimagining Irregular Warfare Activities for Competition – War on the Rocks

The Death of Critical Thinking in the Military? Here’s How to Fix It. | RealClearDefense

Paralysis in Peer Conflict? The Material Versus the Mental in 100 Years of Military Thinking – War on the Rocks

The Pentagon thinks urban warfare is obsolete. That’s wrong. – The Washington Post