Prism : a Journal of the Center for Complex Operations

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 2, March

An Interview with Maria Otero
* As the senior State Department executiveOtero: We face a variety of challenges. Some are external to the State Department, while some are internal. Before I describe some of these, though, let me put them in context. Essentially, part of Secretary...
Building the Capabilities and Capacity of Partners: Is This Defense Business?
The new defense strategy, "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense," released in January of this 2012, makes clear the mandate for the Department of Defense to continue, in fact to increase significantly, its abilities...
Changing of the Guard: Civilian Protection for an Evolving Military
Civilian casualties can risk the success of a combat mission. While not new, this is a lesson US defense forces have had to repeatedly relearn. Historically, civilian protection and efforts to address harm became priorities only when external pressures...
Decade of War: Enduring Lessons from a Decade of Operations
The year 2001 began with the inauguration of a U.S. President deliberately aiming to shift the use of the military away from the numerous humanitarian and peacekeeping interventions of the 1990s toward responding to and defeating conventional threats...
Great Game, Local Rules and the New Great Power Context in Central Asia
By Alexander Cooley Oxford University Press, USA, 2012 272 pp., $29.95 ISBN-13: 978-0199929825REVIEWED BY JOHN HERBSTIn Great Game, Local Rules the New Great Power Contest in Central Asia, Alexander Cooley develops an excellent analytical framework for...
Inevitable Conflicts, Avoidable Failures: Preparing for the Third Generation of Conflict, Stabilization, and Reconstruction Operations
Foreign internal conflicts clearly remain a permanent feature of the U.S. foreign policy landscape, especially since the United States regularly participates in efforts to stabilize countries affected by conflict and then helps them recover afterwards....
Interagency Rebuilding Efforts in Iraq: A Case Study of the Rusafa Political District
From 2004-2012, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) conducted 387 inspections and audits of U.S.-fimded projects and programs that supported stabilization and reconstruction operations in Iraq. Most of SIGIR's reviews focused...
In the Whirlwind of Jihad
In the Whirlwind of Jihad By Martha Brill Olcott Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2012 300 pp., $19 95 ISBIM-13: 978-0870032592 REVIEWED BY JOHN HERBSTUnderstanding the underlying dynamics of political and social life is not easy in any society...
Regime Change without Military Force: Lessons from Overthrowing Milosevic
"Gotov je!" ("He's finished!")-Serb resistance slogan, directed at MilosevicAfter a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama Administration has adopted a new defense strategy that recognizes the need to limit our strategic ends in an era of increasing...
Sri Lanka's Rehabilitation Program: A New Frontier in Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LITE), sometimes referred to as the Tamil Tigers, or simply the Tigers, was a separatist militant organization based in northern Sri Lanka. It was founded in May 1976 by Prabhakaran and waged a violent secessionist...
The Arab Spring: Safeguarding U.S. Interests for the Long-Term
The "Arab Springs" that are underway throughout the region share some common features, including the yearning and visible desires for a variety of "Freedoms From": freedom from the oppression of dictators and their stooges, freedom from economic exploitation,...
The Uneasy Relationship between Economics and Security
The most publicly discussed link between economics and security is the relationship between economic performance and power. The underpinnings for this relationship come from the philosophical approach that sees political power stemming from economic...
Three Design Concepts Introduced for Strategic and Operational Applications
Many discussions on design theory applications within military contexts often revolve around a small population of design practitioners using complex terms and exclusive language, contrasted by a larger population of design skeptics that routinely demand...
"Train as You Fight" Revisited: Preparing for a Comprehensive Approach
In 1973 General William F. DePuy, first commander of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), emphasized that it was necessary to expose soldiers to realistic battlefield conditions before they experienced actual combat.1 Doing this should...
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