National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • What a 1963 Novel Tells Us About the French Army, Mission Command, and the Romance of the Indochina War

    Sep 20, 2017

    The novel La 317e Section (The 317th Platoon) informs and reflects an operating style rooted in the French Army's collective memory of the colonial wars. Colonial operations tended to be low-budget, small-footprint missions that placed junior officers in positions of considerable authority and responsibility. Service promised quick glory but was also more dangerous.

  • The Lack of Clarity Over Medical Support for Light Footprint Operations and How It Could Be Solved

    Sep 19, 2017

    Early identification and planning for medical support for EU-led military operations are vital to saving lives, treating injuries and keeping personnel healthy. Common standards would ensure high-quality and consistent medical support regardless of which country is providing it.

  • How Hezbollah Came to Dominate Information Warfare

    Sep 19, 2017

    Hezbollah's information warfare portfolio includes newspapers, social media outlets, television programming, and a major internet presence. Its websites reflect the group's diverse agenda and aim to be multi-generational in their approach, offering information about social services as well as a video game to engage youth.

  • Europe's Hour Is Here

    Sep 16, 2017

    Since World War II, the United States and the United Kingdom have played disproportionate roles, enhancing European security. Now continental Europe will have to assume more of the burden in advancing Western values and interests with an unpredictable and at times unruly Russia.

  • Sahel Governments Need More Security Assistance

    Sep 14, 2017

    Developments in the Sahel are cause for alarm. Despite the presence of an active French counterterrorism force and a UN peacekeeping mission, al Qaeda groups are thriving. The region would benefit from approaches that combine police and military operations with economic development and improved governance.

  • Chinese Bomber Flights Around Taiwan: For What Purpose?

    Sep 13, 2017

    Recent bomber flights near Taiwan represent the most concerted training regimen yet aimed at improving Chinese airpower. China seeks to enhance the PLA Air Force's capabilities and signal Beijing's will to defend its territorial claims against the U.S. and its regional allies and partners, especially Taiwan and Japan.

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