From The National Interest: "The U.S and its allies have been fighting terrorists and insurgents for almost 16 years. America has the best-equipped, most-seasoned, and best-led forces in its history. The forces of Team America have won a number of battles, conducted a host of strikes, and killed or captured many terrorists, including Osama bin Laden. Yet there are more murderous Islamist groups around the globe today than there were on 11 September 2001, and there is a strategic stalemate in Afghanistan. Team America is adept and upbeat about doing lethal actions to kill and capture militants. But, Team America does not have a viable strategy."
By Chris Parrett & Tom Pike, Small Wars Journal: “In the first paragraph of Carl Von Clausewitz’s seminal work On War he writes …[in war] “more than elsewhere the part and the whole must be always be thought of together (Paret 1976, p. 75).” His words, over a hundred years before the term Complexity theory was coined echoes the common description of complex adaptive systems; “the whole is more than the sum of the parts (Miller and Page 2007).” Complex or non-linear systems have confounded analysis, and often were avoided by science due to their intractability.”
By Paul Pierce, U.S. Naval Institute: “The Navy is facing unprecedented challenges in the manpower and personnel arena. Among the challenges are a shrinking fiscal environment, adapting to the expectations and changing perspective brought into the Navy by “millennial” Sailors, the need for speed and precision in matching people to job vacancies (called “billets”), the reality that maintaining manpower and personnel-related legacy information technology (IT) systems impedes strategic IT investment, and the reality that the cost of manpower is the largest component of the Navy budget.”
By Carlton G. Haelig, Small Wars Journal: “The United States military continues to focus on planning and innovating to fight and win the next major war. The military, however, has been engaged in near constant low-intensity conflicts (LICs) for the better part of twenty years.”
By Robbin Laird, Second Line of Defense: “We are looking to build airborne early warning capability, and air to air capability into MUX, something that you don’t find in Reaper. We want an expeditionary, shipboard capability. We are building a digital interoperable network and we want the MUX to be a node in that digital network.”