Category: Iraq

Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement

The US Army has published my chapter, “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement,” as part of the Threat Knowledge Group’s special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement. The report, written in 2014, was prepared for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, US Army Special Operations...

Kurds make fun of ISIS in this parody video

Kurdish comedians make fun of ISIS terrorists and their abnormal affection for goats in a popular TV video. Made available with English subtitles by MEMRI, the video, aired on Kurdish television in October, is a four-minute musical skit of bearded men in front of an ISIS flag, playing air guitar with an AK-47 and singing about all the worthlessness and...

Why aren’t we making fun of our enemies’ attraction to donkeys and goats?

Our Islamist extremist enemies around the world frequently engage in bizarre behavior that we can exploit simply by making fun of them. At issue is the jihadis’ inordinate sexual attraction to donkeys and goats. In addition to little boys. Made public for all the world to see, the behavior could become a real source of pain for the enemy. Pictures...

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...

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...

Armed Forces Journal says my book could ‘squelch the enemy into a blob of irrelevance’

The Armed Forces Journal has published a review of my new book Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War. “The book is packed with action points that could be implemented rapidly and at little cost,”writes Armed Forces Journal editor Karen Walker. “We could, for instance, stop feeding the terrorist’s self-esteem and confirming his status as a martyr by using the term he selected...

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...

PSYOP by ridicule: New York Times says Waller’s paper got Pentagon review

The New York Times reports that officials in the Pentagon and Iraq have reviewed an academic paper that called for a strategic psychological campaign of ridicule against terrorist leaders and other adversaries. The paper “has been circulating at the Pentagon and among military commanders with experience in Iraq recently,” the New York Times reported in its May 6, 2006 edition. The paper,...

20 reasons to overthrow Saddam Hussein

by J Michael Waller Insight magazine, September 9, 2002 President George W. Bush intends to finish off Saddam Hussein once and for all. A spectrum of options is at his disposal, from covert operations against the Iraqi leader to a range of military actions that include outright invasion in partnership with Iraqi resistance. Leaving Saddam Hussein in power, Bush told reporters...

Primakov’s imperial line

Primakov’s Imperial Line, Perspective, Vol. VII, No. 3, January-February 1997 By J. MICHAEL WALLER American Foreign Policy Council Russian foreign policy has become more consistent and predictable since Yevgeni Primakov succeeded Andrei Kozyrev as foreign minister in January 1996. Moscow’s diplomacy today shows a tendency toward greater integration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the...