Guerrilla Warfare

Nonattributional Warfare

Nonattributional Warfare

I just read an interesting article entitled, “Epic Landpower Fail,” in which the author, a US Army Major and strategy professor at West Point, makes the point that today all landpower is attributional.  What he means is that landpowers – armies – can be attributed to a specific country.  You […]

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Non-Lethal Targeting: The Case for Hearts and Minds

Non-Lethal Targeting: The Case for Hearts and Minds

Administrivia: We have a few seats left for the Houston and Tampa ICAC.  Email me for more information. Prior to the Gulf War, the national war colleges taught warfighting primarily through two lenses: annihilation and attrition.  We use the entire spectrum of combined arms warfare en masse to annihilate enemy […]

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Targeting and Other Answers

Targeting and Other Answers

I’ve enjoyed participating in Max Velocity’s forum; you can check out the Intelligence thread (Intelligence Support to the Warfighter) here.  I’m gong to respond to two other MVT Forum participants through this post.  The first response has to do with Targeting and the second has to do with the Auxiliary […]

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Che’s Catastrophic Counterintelligence Failures

Che’s Catastrophic Counterintelligence Failures

I’ve never been a huge fan of Che Guevara’s foco theory, which states that a small contingent of guerrillas can start a revolution and build popular support once operations are underway.  There’s too much hill to climb and too many potential missteps; the support is either there or it’s not. […]

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Mao vs Che

Mao vs Che

The Small Wars Journal (SWJ) puts out a lot of really great stuff.  For those who seek an academic understanding of warfare (and, really, who shouldn’t?), SWJ articles alone will put you head and shoulders above many of your peers. This essay (On Guerrilla Warfare, h/t the grugq) comparing and […]

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ANC – Lessons Learned

ANC – Lessons Learned

The training schedule has been updated to include Houston.  I’ll have time to run one more course in the Southeast, and since we’ve thrown around Savannah and Pensacola in the past, send me an email if you’re interested in either of these places and we’ll get something set up. ALSO: […]

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Max Velocity Tactical AAR

Max Velocity Tactical AAR

“I am never going to give up.  I will not bend knee to these people.” Eight students were sitting around two tables shaded by a tarp as Max Velocity’s voice competed against the pouring rain.  We all listened intently as Max gave one of the most forceful and convincing talks […]

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Equipping the Guerrilla Fighter, Part One

Equipping the Guerrilla Fighter, Part One

The guerrilla fighter is a true light-infantryman in the classical sense of the term. He is, essentially, a woodsman-scout. The guerrilla operates in a manner that emphasizes the expert use of his personal small-arms, the use of stealth in all of his movements, using the available terrain and cover to […]

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Defending the Aerial Threat with Small Arms

Defending the Aerial Threat with Small Arms

“Technology is a product of human ingenuity. If one man can imagine something, I guarantee you that another man, somewhere, can imagine a way to f**k it up.”  –SSG John Mosby, U.S. Army Special Forces, northern Afghanistan, 2002 Perhaps the single most critical tactical advantage that conventional security forces hold […]

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MOGW: Chapter Three

MOGW: Chapter Three

I went through an old copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s On Guerrilla Warfare (MOGW) and re-read all the highlighted portions.  Written in 1937 under the context of the Japanese Imperialist invasion, it’s a great introduction to guerrilla strategy though it can be a bit dry.  I’ll list Chapter Three with my […]

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