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Small Wars and Big Thoughts

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] U.S. Marines display captured flag of Nicaraguan rebels led by Augusto Cesar Sandino While pop-centric COIN may be dead, small wars and irregular warfare will always be with us. We might say they are in the fourth or fifth generation; are...

New Book ! Global Radical Islamist Insurgency

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Torn from the pages of Small Wars Journal….. Global Radical Islamist Insurgency: al Qaeda and Islamic State Networks Focus Vol. II 2012-2014  edited by Dave Dilegge and Robert Bunker New and looking to be very useful. Right up the alley...

Octavian Manea interviews John Nagl at SWJ

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen“]   Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice by John Nagl If General David Petraeus was the Pope of the COINdinistas, Lt. Col. John Nagl was at least the Archbishop of Canterbury. Few men alive were more...

Manea Interviews General Zinni at SWJ

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Octavian Manea, Small Wars Journal’s interviewer par excellence, talks with retired USMC General Anthony Zinni:  Reflections on the Modern Battlefield: A Discussion with General Anthony Zinni SWJ: You open your book with a...

Quick Link: Manea interviews General John Allen

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen”] Octavian Manea, the David Frost of SWJ, interviews General John Allen, USMC on the lessons learned on the Post-9/11 military campaigns. Lessons from the Post 9-11 Campaigns Octavian Manea General John R. Allen, U.S. Marine...