Archive for March, 2008

Nature of 4GW

Perhaps the primary difference between insurgency and 4GW — although both may use techniques like “terrorism” and guerrilla warfare — lies in their objectives relative to state governments. An insurgency by definition is a rebellion, either to replace an existing government or, as in the case of the late unpleasantness here in the South, to […]

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Welcome to the new site for DNI

We’ve moved the DNI2 / Defense and the National Interest Blog from dni2.wordpress.com over here to the original DNI site. All of the original material from DNI is still available through menu links on the right. Please e-mail me at info at d-n-i dot net if you have trouble finding anything. The purpose is to […]

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A Gusher of sanity

William Grimes reviews Robert Bryce’s A Gusher of Lies in today’s New York Times (free registration required). Here’s a teaser: In “Gusher of Lies,” Mr. Bryce, a freelance journalist specializing in energy issues, mounts a savage attack on the concept of energy independence and the most popular technologies currently being promoted to achieve it. Ethanol? […]

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The Generations of War Model and Domestic Policing

Dr Simon Newman Senior Lecturer in Law University of Westminster, UK [Note: Dr. Newman has been kind enough to share some working notes he made for the London’s Metropolitan Police Department. It’s an excellent example of how that framework can help stimulate insights and creativity, which to me is the real purpose of models — […]

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Doug Macgregor on the “surge”

An interview with Steve Paikin on Ontario public television. Streaming video – takes about half an hour (you’ll need a good broadband connection, but well worth a few hiccoughs).

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The Rule of Law

In the United States and in the developed world generally, we take the rule of law to be the foundation of our societies. The alternatives are usually thought to be gang/mob rule, anarchy, and a return to pre-civilized days (as in The Road Warrior). Personally, I think there’s a lot of truth to this, especially […]

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On War #253: Linearity

By William S. Lind One of several dead hands the First Generation of Modern War lays on contemporary state militaries’ throats is linearity. Most state militaries both seek and expect linearity on and off the battlefield. Sometimes, this manifests itself in tactics that offer magnificent if unintentional tableux vivant. I recall a field exercise years […]

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zenpundit reviews IWCKI

zenpundit reviews If We Can Keep It.

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Beware neocons acting rationally

Richard Perle, the esteemed Prince of Darkness himself, has a piece in today’s WaPo where he notes, in response to Russia’s threat to increase their strategic arsenal: For one thing, the greatly diminished American nuclear force still has many more weapons than it needs. Far from responding in a way that lends credence to Putin’s […]

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What is “Cultural Marxism?”

by David Barkin [Author’s note: So far, I have not read one post on this board not worthy of respect. So forgive me the tone of the below essay. It’s the way I write, and I intend no insult to anyone.] Mr. William Lind often mentions it in tones of the old red menace. On […]

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