Guest Post: Duncan Hunter and Human Terrain System by Turner

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“]         ZP is pleased to bring you a guest post by Pete Turner, co-host of The Break it Down Show and is an advocate of better, smarter, transition operations. Turner has extensive overseas experience in hazardous conditions in a variety of positions including operations: Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), Iraqi […] Read more »

DEF 2015 – the People and the Ideas are the Magic

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] “We’re starting an insurgency of critical thinkers” – Darya Pilram, Red Team Instructor Last weekend was my first Defense Entrepreneurs Forum conference, DEF 2015 . I came away extremely impressed by the diverse talents and intellectual firepower of the participants and their dedication to being positive change agents. Entrepreneurs mixed with active duty military personnel, senior leaders […] Read more »

Military Reform through Education

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Don Vandergriff facilitating Adaptive Soldier/Leader exercises at Fort Benning Fred Leland at LESC Blog recently had a guest post up by Dan Grazier from the Project on Government Oversight regarding the important work Don Vandergriff is doing to reform professional military education and training: Military Reform Through Education: From The […] Read more »

Grinberg on Defense Industrial Base:Personal Theories of Power Series at The Bridge

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Mikhail Grinberg tackles a topic too often neglected in defense thinking, one that obsessed commissars and worried kaisers, translating economic production into military power and geopolitical influence: Defense Industrial Base: A Personal Theory of Power ….The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) changed the scale of conflict and the materiel required to [...] Read more »

How to Lose a War: A Primer

[by Mark Safranski a.k.a. "zen"] Since Pakistan is now attempting to get its victory over the United States in Afghanistan formally ratified, now seemed to be a good time to reflect on the performance of American statesmen, politicians and senior generals. It has occurred to me that we have many books and papers outlining how to [...] Read more »

Twenty-Nine Articles

SWJ Blog has a new post up with an important and all too timely article on transition operations whose authors include an amigo of mine, Pete Turner, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Turner will also be one of the featured speakers at the Boyd & Beyond Conference in October at Quantico: Transition Operations: A [...] Read more »

New Book: Mission Revolution by Jennifer Morrison Taw

Mission Revolution: The US Military and Stability Operations by Jennifer Morrison Taw Columbia University Press just sent me a review copy of Mission Revolution: The US Military and Stability Operations by Jennifer Morrison Taw, an assistant professor of IR/Security Studies at Claremont McKenna College.  Taw has written a very timely book given the looming threat [...] Read more »

Barlow on COIN and Failure

Some astute observations on COIN practice from the founder of Executive Outcomes, Eeben Barlow: ….Governments, despite often being the prime reason why an insurgency starts, are often only too keen to make the armed forces responsible for establishing workable governance in areas that have become positively disposed towards the insurgency. As it is an internal [...] Read more »