IN THE NEWS
I've been a regular reader of Parameters, the official research publication of the US Army War College, for years.There are always at least a couple of gems in each issue--a good sign that the people who are most directly involved in counterinsurgency and counterterrorist operations today are, left to their own devices, pretty bright, open-minded, capable, and dedicated people.
The home page from the Army War College site features a few interesting articles outside Parameters and other research venues. Check out this piece about using the Koran, the Hadith Reports, and Islamic scholarship as weapons against Al Qaeda. Also, read this excellent summary article by Max Manwaring about the lessons we can learn from past conflicts. The underlying message, of course, is that counterinsurgency and counterterrorism are not new, so we should not be groping around in the dark while a mysterious, deadly enemy waits to pounce again. If I read these articles correctly, they're intended to be primers for military and civilian professionals new to this topic. Therefore, it's enormously encouraging to see the war against Al Qaeda framed this way. (But I beg the scholars at the War College to drop the acronym GWOT. Please.)