November 9 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm
November 13 - November 15
Capt. John Chambers offers five concrete steps that will prepare the US Army to counter hybrid threats in the gray zone.Read More
Retired Maj. Gen. speaks with cadets and faculty about modern war and what the Army needs to succeed.Read More
On September 30, Sebastian Junger spoke to cadets about the experience of war, why soldiers miss war, and the challenges of reintegrating into a society that has lost its sense of tribal community.Read More
In a new MWI Report, Capt. John Chambers examines hybrid threats and what the US Army needs to do in order to counter them.Read More
Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden talks with cadets about the role of espionage in the age of terror, “little green men,” and cyber war.Read More
MWI Adjunct Scholar Dr. Tanisha Fazal, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame discusses the changes to battlefield causalities and how they effect how we think about modern war.
On September 19, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Slate “War Stories” columnist Fred Kaplan discussed his latest book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, with cadets and faculty in Washington Hall.
In this Democracy and Security Journal article, Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Middle East, and Colonel Liam Collins, MWI Director, argue that the counter-terrorism (CT) community failed to anticipate the Islamic State.
Lieutenant Colonel Tyrell Mayfield an Air Force Political Affairs Strategist shares his top five books on warfare.
Capt. John Chambers offers five concrete steps that will prepare the US Army to counter hybrid threats in the gray zone.
On September 30, Sebastian Junger spoke to cadets about the experience of war, why soldiers miss war, and the challenges of reintegrating into a society that has lost its sense of tribal community.
In a new MWI Report, Capt. John Chambers examines hybrid threats and what the US Army needs to do in order to counter them.
After the USS Mason was targeted by rocket fire from Yemen, the Navy responded by striking radar stations on the coast. What does it all mean for freedom of navigation in the critical Bab al-Mandab Strait?
In an op-ed for the L.A. Times, MWI’s Maj. John Spencer explains why so few women have signed up for combat arms branches — and how more can be encouraged to do so.
MWI contributor James King argues that increasingly capable and integrated air defense systems have brought about the end of mass airborne operations.
MWI Adjunct Scholar Andrew Bacevich spoke to West Point cadets, staff, and faculty about more than 40 years of U.S. interventionism in the Middle East.
In this War on the Rocks piece, MWI Adjunct Scholar MG (ret) Bob Scales argues self-imposed restrictions and neglect of artillery capabilities have left U.S. forces vulnerable to a capable peer or near-peer adversary, including Russia or China.
Arnold Isaacs writes that the meaningful story on the media and U.S. officials in Vietnam was not their differences but lack of historical knowledge common to both groups.
Sebastian Junger, author of the book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, spoke to cadets about the challenges soldiers face upon returning home from today’s wars.
Major Nathaniel Davis, writing in The New York Times, applies the Just War Ethic to describe how a foundational ethics of the economy could make it more moral.
On September 6, 2016, Eric Maddox, author of the book Mission: Black List #1, spoke to a packed auditorium of cadets, staff, and faculty about his role in the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Emerging innovations within cutting-edge science and technology areas carry the potential to revolutionize governmental structures, economies, and life as we know it, writes MWI Adjunct Scholar Margaret Kosal.
In this National Interest blog post, MWI Adjunct Scholar MG (ret) Bob Scales argues for investments and prioritization in U.S. military infantry forces.
Speaking to cadets and faculty, MWI Adjunct Scholar Andrew Bacevich gives a blistering critique of U.S. military interventionism in the greater Middle East.
In this Defense One article, MWI’s Major John Spencer argues that in combat cell phones, internet, and social media are a threat to team building and social cohesion.
Slate’s Fred Kaplan discussed his new book, Dark Territory, which addresses the the secrecy of cyber warfare and need for greater deterrence.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow Douglas Pryer writes in this new report that since the human dynamics underlying all group competitions are similar, all leaders can benefit from applying COIN theory to achieve significant organizational change.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow Max Brooks discusses concerns on the second and third order effects of recent commercial deals to national food security.
Watch the Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) and the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group (CSA SSG) discuss the future of war with west point cadets.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow Max Brooks recommends an eclectic list of movies for the study of war and warfare.
Mike Kelvington writes that the newly branded Jabhat al-Nusra Front may now be postured to become a long-term Salafist terrorist organization in Syria by shrouding itself as an insurgent group with grassroots Sunni support.
Slate’s Fred Kaplan discussed his new book, Dark Territory, which addresses the the secrecy of cyber warfare and need for greater deterrence.
MWI Contributor Robert Potter argues a turn for the positive in U.S. cybersecuirty with the recent appointment of Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhil as the first ever U.S. Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Special Operations Forces (SOF) are the best candidates to fulfill the overlooked, but not obsolete, practice of military observers, writes Captain Rick Chersicla.
In this Foreign Policy article, posted on Thomas Ricks’ blog, MAJ Jonathan Bate makes the case for ‘tactical economics’ to improve stability and reconstruction operations in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Arnold Isaacs reviews Laura Secor’s book, Children of Paradise, about the clash of theological ideas going on within Iran.
Writing in Foreign Affairs, MWI Non-Resident Fellow Javid Ahmad argues that Afghanistan is making progress on curbing hawala brokers, drug traffickers, and other money launderers.
Dan Sukman and Nate Finney provide thoughts on the many forms of written communication essential for military staff officers to communicate their ideas and concepts.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow ML Cavanaugh discusses moral decision-making by military professionals in war.
MWI Adjunct Scholar Tanisha Fazal discusses her latest research with cadets involving a survey on military medicine and casualty aversion.
Andy Dziengeleski and John McRae argue against a notion that National Guard unit patches are less worthy than Active Component unit patches and encourage all leaders to teach the history of their unit and its patch.
In a new MWI Report, Jonathan Bate argues that economic interventions during stability and reconstruction operations should utilize evidence-based ‘tactical economics.’
Lionel Beehner analyzes Turkey’s recent use of “hot pursuit” against Islamist militants across the border in Syria.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow ML Cavanaugh, inspired by B.H. Liddell Hart, offers 51 provocative, important strategic debates worth having.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow and New York Times best-selling author Max Brooks shares his recommendations and thoughts on the value of graphic novels to the study of warfare.
MWI Adjunct Scholar Manos Karagiannis argues that the defenses being built by the Baltic States will prove largely ineffective and possibly counterproductive against Russia.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, MWI Contributor Dan Maurer details an episode during the Civil War between President Lincoln and General Grant that demonstrates the importance of trust in strong civil-military relations.
MWI Contributor James King argues that the symbolic sharing of unit patches is a great first step in building a solid relationship between units.
MWI Contributor Arnold Isaacs reviews Hamilton Gregory’s McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War.
Looking at the Second Lebanese War of 2006, MWI Contributor Albert Wolf examines the credibility of red lines and whether democratically elected leaders suffer greater “audience costs” if they do not carry out threats.
Drawing conclusions from a Cold War-era insurgency in Tibet, MAJ Steve Ferenzi warns of the moral hazards of outsourcing the fight against ISIL in Syria to rebel proxy forces, in this War on the Rocks op-ed.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow August Cole, in this piece of short fiction, explores the question about the utility of battlefield technology and what happens to it, and people, after a conflict.
The Modern War Institute interviews Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., 59th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy.
MWI Contributor Major James King reviews the newly released book How Everything Became War and Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks.
The Modern War Institute takes a team of faculty and cadets to Sri Lanka to study the final operations of its decades-long civil war.
MWI sits down with Dr. Benedetta Berti, researcher, author, and TED speaker to discuss the rise of violent non-state actors and how security professionals should understand them.
In this Democracy and Security Journal article, Nelly Lahoud and MWI Director Liam Collins argue that the counterterrorism (CT) community failed to anticipate the Islamic State.
BJ Armstrong encourages military personnel to write to move the military profession forward and to improve military service and our nation’s security.
MWI Contributor Robert Potter argues that authoritarian states are more vulnerable to the impacts of cyberwarfare than democracies.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow Nathan Finney makes the case for the fusion of history, political science, and policy making.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow Javid Ahamd analyzes Afghanistan’s recent economic reforms for Foreign Affairs.
West Point’s Center for Oral History and in conjunction with the Modern War Institute team up to discuss combat airborne operations.
Major Steve Ferenzi discusses the Battle of Saratoga, social movement theory, and impacts of the Jane McCrae story.
ML Cavanaugh discusses studying war in Gettysburg compared to modern battlefields such like those found in Sri Lanka.
MWI sat down with Dr. Andrew Bacevich to discuss his new book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History”.
MWI’s John Spencer argues the downward trend of American health and fitness is a national security emergency.
In this USA Today column, MWI’s Lionel Beehner argues that Turkey must not close itself from the West in light of the terrorism attack at the airport in Istanbul.
Scott Faith argues that contrary to popular belief West Point and ROTC cadets outrank NCO’s according to Army Command Policy.
MWI’s Non-Resident Fellow ML Cavanaugh discusses the importance of critical and creative thinking using the analogy of pirates.
Writing in War on the Rocks, MWI Non-Resident Fellow ML Cavanaugh assesses the R.O.K.-U.S. Combined Division, which was created to improve tactical interoperability to counter North Korean aggression.
MWI is rolling out a new feature, where we list our faculty and fellows’ top books on modern war and warfare. Here are MWI Non-Resident Fellow Max Brooks’ top picks.
Writing in the New York Daily News, MWI Non-Resident Fellow Max Brooks asks: What if Zika, instead of originating in a Ugandan jungle, had been cooked up in a lab?
MWI’s John Spencer sat down with Major DJ Skelton to discuss the second battle of Fallujah, how he was wounded, his recovery, and post-traumatic growth.
In this Foreign Policy essay, MAJ ML Cavanaugh argues that the United States has a unique capability to tackle epidemics like Zika virus: the National Guard.
In this Small Wars Journal essay, Major Steve Ferenzi argues that proxy selection in Syria will have a profound impact on the post-war political order: who wins, who loses, and how they govern.
ML Cavanaugh dispenses some helpful tips on how to stay more connected to loved ones back home during deployments.
In their award winning article, MWI Non-Resident Fellow Michael Hunzeker and Dartmouth College Post-Doctoral Fellow Alexander Lanoszka argue the important relationship between landpower and American credibility.
In this Small Wars Journal article, MAJ Steve Ferenzi describes how to utilize irregular warfare to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine.
If battles are to be decided by soldiers operating a continent or ocean away from the killing zone, we must come to redefine what constitutes soldiery and warfare, argues CDT John Govern.
Major Matt Cavanaugh discusses the U.S. challenge of deterring Russia in Europe while being significantly outnumbered.
In this Washington Post oped, MAJ Mike Jackson and Lionel Beehner argue that the modern history of siege warfare, as evidenced in Sarajevo, suggests a long war of attrition in Aleppo, not an all-out provocative attack to end the war.
CDT Cole Bourland argues in that the US Air Force should not phase out the A-10 ‘Warthog’ with the F-35.
John Radcliffe argues that accepting China and Russia as partners will require the U.S. to relinquish its belief in a global American sphere-of-influence.
On May 2, MAJ DJ Skelton spoke to cadets about his experience of being wounded, his post-traumatic growth, and his journey to becoming dubbed “the most wounded commander in U.S. military history.”
On 04 April 2016, the USMA Cadet Debate Team debated whether the United States should deploy conventional ground forces to conduct combat operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Neania Buehler argues for a comprehensive strategy for the military use of drones, robots, and other versions of semi or fully autonomous systems.
MWI Non-Resident Fellow and author of World War Z, Max Brooks argues the economic, social, and other chain reactions that could lead to a robot war.
MWI’s Lionel Beehner discusses border zones, walls, and those who patrol them through the lens of Game of Thrones and research on primatology.
MWI sat down with Medal of Honor recipient SSG (ret) Ryan Pitts to discuss the lessons from the Battle of Wanat.
Medal of Honor recipient SSG (ret) Ryan Pitts spoke to cadets about the lessons of the Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan.
MAJ Matt Cavanaugh discusses five key characteristics which will differentiate the next generation of strategist, each tied to tidal trends in the strategic environment that will drive the next 35 years.
Major John Spencer provides details on the challenges of the U.S. Army’s Ranger School and recommendations on what Soldiers can do to prepare for them – or not.
West Point Cadet Bradley Baker argues that exit surveys for all officers leaving the Army with 8 or fewer years of service is a critical first step in understanding and eventually countering lower junior officer retention rates.
On 6 April 2016, the Modern War Institute hosted LTC (R) Jason Amerine for a MWI Speaker Series event on his experiences in Afghanistan.
Armies of the future that leverage smartphone innovations will change the face of war and reshape the modern battlefield, argues LTC Ernest Wong of West Point’s Army Cyber Institute.
In addition to this week’s Sandhurst Competition at West Point, on Monday, April 4, the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) held its inaugural Sandhurst Conference, drawing hundreds of cadets and officers from across the globe.
The Modern War Institute talks to Max Brooks, author of World War Z, about how a zombie plague can help us understand current and future security issues.
Modern War Institute Distinguished Chair, General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., USA (Ret.), presents the idea of strategic agility as a method to mitigate risk by finding better ways to use our available means.
Major Matt Cavanaugh takes a critical look at proposed frameworks for developing military strategists.
West Point Cadet Ethan Millsap argues for patience and alternative uses for exoskeletons on the battlefield.
Major Matt Cavanaugh writes that it won’t be long until an American soldier is taken hostage on a battlefield by an enemy like North Korea.
The Modern War Institute (MWI) showed “Pech River Boys: Tales from Afghanistan” and hosted a panel discussion with members of the cast and crew on Friday, March 25.
MWI’s Lionel Beehner is interviewed in the new PBS “Great Decisions” series of documentaries on ISIS, the Kurds, and war in the Middle East.
MWI talks with NYT reporter Eric Schmitt about the US use of military power and how effective its larger operational template is in handling global security threats.
Major Matt Cavanaugh warns of military leaders that try to solve the problems of new wars by pursuing solutions that have worked for them in past wars.
Major John Spencer argues for an emphasis on the definition of Army Doctrine and the advantages it provides to the profession of arms.
MWI and Michael O’Hanlon from the Brookings Institution discuss the current state of the Army, the future for the Army and US land forces, and how junior leaders and security professionals can prepare.
MAJ Steve Ferenzi argues it is time to evaluate the post-9/11 Afghan state-building experiment and determine how best to influence its future trajectory in order to secure US national interests and achieve some measure of regional stability.
MAJ Matt Cavanaugh investigates the relationship between a nation’s flag and it’s Soldiers through the lens of New Zealand’s current debate over adopting a new flag.
Major Paul Lushenko argues the need for integration of the mission command leadership philosophy by continuing to emphasize leader development.
Major Steve Ferenzi argues that the United States must seriously consider the implications of al-Qaeda’s rebel governance approach for US national security.
Major Paul and Jon Lushenko argue that PACOM’s efforts to rebalance the security policy in Asia-Pacific has only fostered initiatives to help confront traditional threats despite the prevalence of human security challenges.
Cadet Niccolo Iacovelli argues that cyber forces should have a greater role and a grand challenge should be setup to prove the need.
MWI’s CPT Jake Miraldi sits down with Dr. Jakub Grygiel, from Johns Hopkins University, to talk about the concept of limited war is influencing the security situation in Europe and what NATO is doing to counter.
CPT Kimbrell argues that the United States isn’t fighting effectively in the information environment and current bureaucratic fixes are not enough, but there is hope if the Global Engagement Center can deliver on its stated implementation plan.
The Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point cordially invites all interested parties to submit applications for its Adjunct Scholars and Non-Resident Fellows program.
MAJ Matt Cavanaugh argues for military officers to contribute to the military profession through writing.
Major Mike Jackson argues whether the Powell Doctrine is still a useful or even relevant learning objective for junior officers.
Major Matt Cavanaugh argues against the slogan “Row Well and Live” for members of the Army Profession.
West Point Cadet Jess Weece believes exoskeleton suits have the potential to change the battlefield.
Guest MWI contributor Dr. Frank Hoffman argues the levels of conflict are increasing and that a more contested era of geopolitics is gathering.
University teams from across the globe, including West Point, competed in an inter-agency contest to find innovative ways to combat online extremism.
MAJ Mike Jackson discusses how using digital models known as synthetic prototyping can help improve the Army’s scenario-based futurist planning.
If our own revolutionary history is any judge, we still have not lost the war in Iraq, argues CDT LT Jack Schaaf.
MAJ Matt Cavanaugh says we should look more at our enemy’s performance and capabilities when the Army does its After Action Reviews – something straight from the pages of Harvard Business Review.
Major Nolan Lasiter argues the Army should focus on its lack of readiness, not all the hoopla about women in combat, sexual harassment, transgender rights, gay rights and all of the other societal issues we face today in the military.
Major Dan Maurer writes that the “one-percent” rhetoric, intended as a tribute and note of appreciation, is a subtle call-to-dissatisfaction and undermines the profession of arms.
Major Matt Cavanaugh writes that military strategists should not cling to digital devices like smartphones in order to stay focused and more aware of one’s terrain.
The Modern War Institute (MWI) and Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) hosted a panel on Thursday, January 21, to discuss recent moves by the Pentagon and the secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, to reach out to Silicon Valley to find ways to spur greater military innovation.
Eric Maddox spoke to about 700 cadets and relayed his experience as an Army interrogator in Iraq. He carried out countless interrogations over a span of three months in 2003 when Saddam was on the run and the insurgency was in its infancy.
What was Machiavelli’s insight for military innovation? Humans are keenly aware of loss, according to Air Force’s CPT Brad DeWees, while only vaguely aware of gain. Negative consequences associated with changing the status quo are magnified, while the benefits of change are ignored.
Dr. Simon Anglim, a teaching fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London shares his top five books on war and warfare.