How Climate Change Will Shape the Future Operational Environment: A Sahel Case Study

Climate change is projected to displace at least two hundred million people by 2050. Tens of…

Grassroots National Security and Great-Power Competition: Sharpening the Tip of the Interagency Spear

“We’re not only expected to fight like soldiers, but to act like diplomats.” I let the…

A Senior Enlisted Perspective on Combat in Megacities

In this episode of MWI’s Urban Warfare Project Podcast, John Spencer is joined by Command Sgt.…

Exploitative, Transactional, Coercive, Cultural, and Contractual: Toward a Better Theory of Proxy War

While it might not seem self-evident, proxy wars are today’s dominant form of war. A quick…

Total Defense, Revisited: An Unconventional Solution to the Problem of Conventional Forces

Due to growing concerns about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, its large-scale military exercises in the Western…

Leadership Targeting and Drones: An Effective Counterterrorism Strategy?

The second episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast, a collaboration between the Modern War Institute and Princeton University’s…

What Can We Learn About the Future of Proxy Warfare from the 2008 Mumbai Attacks?

Last summer, we traveled to India with a team of West Point faculty and cadets to…

Swarms of Mass Destruction: The Case for Declaring Armed and Fully Autonomous Drone Swarms as WMD

In 2017, artificial-intelligence researcher Stuart Russell presented the “Slaughterbots” video at a meeting of the UN…

Thermopylae, Alaska: A Remarkably Small Part of the US Military Responsible for Nuclear Missile Defense

Daniel Wasserbly, The 300: The Inside Story of the Missile Defenders Guarding America Against Nuclear Attack…

The Fight Against COVID-19: Bringing Home the Hard-Earned Lessons of Nearly Two Decades of War

First off, let’s be clear: the COVID-19 pandemic is not a “war” in the classic military sense. The tendency…