Category: Stability operations

New book probes sociological tools for military

Just published: An important new book that advances knowledge about socio-cultural knowledge in irregular warfare. It’s the most thorough and reliable study yet about the innovative human terrain teams (HTTs) used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Understanding the human terrain is crucial in the types of wars the US and its allies fought over the past decade, and the concept is...

Stability Operations: US Army embraces private sector for mission success

by J Michael Waller Serviam magazine, November-December 2008, pp. 7-14 [Note: The Serviam magazine website has closed down. This article is a reprint.] Good news for private companies, nonprofit charities, and others involved in global stability operations: Your opportunities to do more have just been multiplied. As it moves from not only winning wars to winning the peace, the U.S....

Tom Barnett likes my work on stability operations

Bestselling author Thomas P. M. Barnett, best known for his book, The Pentagon’s New Map, praised an independent project of an IWP professor for publicizing private sector solutions to global stability problems. In a syndicated column for the Scripps Howard News Service, Barnett welcomed the “global stability industry” and hailed Serviam magazine, edited and co-founded by Professor J. Michael Waller, as a positive voice for the sector....

U.S. Military Assistance During Disaster Events Joint Service Support for Stability Operations

by Cmdr. John Wrenn, USN (Ret) Serviam magazine, September-October 2008 Natural disasters are not confined to any one portion of the globe. Although the news contains reports of volcanic eruptions in South America, earthquakes in China and Africa, hurricanes in the Caribbean, and typhoons in the Pacific, the United States has recently experienced disaster at home. Hurricane Katrina in August...

Partnership against heroin: Contractors help US combat narcotraffickers in Afghanistan

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, March-April 2008 Download PDF: Contractors_Afgh_Serviam Kabul, Afghanistan—“I used to wear a burqa. I will never wear one again. Except to fight drug traffickers.” That’s what a female police officer of Afghanistan’s Narcotics Interdiction Unit (NIU) says with a shy smile. The bad guys can’t recognize a heavily armed cop under the face-to-foot covering that all women...

Accountability and private security contractors: Visibility of operations is key to success

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, November-December 2007 When a private contractor for the U.S. government abides with the letter of the law, but the law is so flawed that it doesn’t correspond with reality, whose fault is it? The contractor’s, of course. That’s the apparent reasoning of critics in Congress and the press who blame private security providers for not...

Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War: Short-term message strategies to combat the terrorists

This ground-breaking monograph by J Michael Waller departs from the conventional view of public diplomacy and international communication in time of war and argues for deploying messages as weapons of attack against the terrorists and other extremists. Proposing an immediate-term strategy that requires no bureaucratic reorganization or major budgetary changes, Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War is designed for...

Political warfare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Army monograph looks at US capabilities & Chinese operations

A summary of a monograph by Donovan Chau, reprinted from the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. Today, as in the past, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) exerts influence on the African continent. Unlike the United States, which also attempts to sway African nations and people, the PRC uses an instrument of grand strategy called political warfare as...