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Restoring American Power by Senator John McCain
The 33 page report can be downloaded at the link below.  I have pasted the table of contents as well as the three paragraphs on SOF since that is my focus (along with north Korea of course and I am even happy to see that north Korea is mentioned even in the...
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We know what Russia did. But what we really need to understand is why. by Fareed Zakaria
As Frank Hoffman has been trying to hammer home to us the first principle is to understand.  There have been a number of scholars and experts advocating that we understand where Putin and Russia are coming from and why they are acting the way they do. Perha...
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Special Operations Forces: Let SOF be SOF
Pretty powerful BLUF here.  While I am a little bit partial to SOF I do have to say that there is no one force or one capability or one instrument of national power that is a war winner (or war preventer) by itself.  I do worry that there are some (not this...
Pretty powerful BLUF here. While I am a little bit partial to SOF I do have to say that there is no one force or one capability or one instrument of national power that is a war winner (or war preventer) by itself. I do wor...
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Giving at the End the Year in 2016
Dear Friends,  I do not normally do this and I certainly do not mean to use my news service for solicitation so please forgive me.   I was asked for recommendations on organizations to support so I thought I would share with you the organizations to whom I ...
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An Assessment of the Future Security Environment
I received this note from a friend of 30 years who is in a sensitive international position and is one of the very best analysts I know.  This should provide some food for thought, discussion, and argument.  To me it sounds like passion, reason, and chance ...
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Book Review: Sun Tzu, The Founding Fathers, The Art of Peace, and America’s Strategic Deficit Disorde
Book Review: Sun Tzu, The Founding Fathers, The Art of Peace, and America’s Strategic Deficit Disorder by  David S. Maxwell Journal Article |  November 14, 2016 - 3:35pm http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/book-review-sun-tzu-the-founding-fathers-the-art-o...
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SPECIAL REPORT: The Military Loves the Obama Doctrine. Can It Survive Trump?
I have to wave a huge BS flag on the "Obama Doctrine."  First, Obama does not deserve credit for "through, with, and by."   That phrase belongs to COL (RET) Mark Boyatt who used it in 1994 to describe the essence of Special Forces operations in unconvention...
I have to wave a huge BS flag on the "Obama Doctrine." First, Obama does not deserve credit for "through, with, and by." That phrase belongs to COL (RET) Mark Boyatt who used it in 1994 to describe the essence of Speci...
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The COIN Conundrum: The Future of Counterinsurgency and U.S. Land Power
The 95 page monograph can be downloaded directly at this link:  http://www. strategicstudiesinstitute. army.mil/pubs/download.cfm?q= 1336   I have pasted the summary below.  Although I am a little partial to the work that has been done in the Philippines I ...
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DOD watchdog lists top 10 challenges for 2017
A fascinating list from the IG.  Not everything on the list is what I would expect from the IG but I am glad to see eevrything on the list.  The 130 page report can be downloaded here:  http://www.dodig.mil/ IGInformation/archives/2017_ Oversight%20Plan_Fin...
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2,900 explosions in a day. Heavy artillery and tank fire returns to the front lines in Ukraine.
Have we forgotten about Ukraine?  There should be no doubt that Russia is conducting unconventional warfare in Ukraine but on a much grander scale.  They are exploiting a resistance movement (even a fabricated one) but employing military and non-military in...
Have we forgotten about Ukraine? There should be no doubt that Russia is conducting unconventional warfare in Ukraine but on a much grander scale. They are exploiting a resistance movement (even a fabricated one) but employ...
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PRISM Volume 6, No 3: Special Operations in a Chaotic World
This is the most comprehensive SOF publication produced by NDU in recent years to my knowledge.  I have pasted the table of contents below.  I have not gone through every article but the list of authors indicate that this edition of Prism will provide some ...
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Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, (General, USMC, Retired): Can He Be A Civilian Leader?
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, (General, USMC, Retired): Can He Be A Civilian Leader? by  David S. Maxwell Journal Article |  November 25, 2016 - 11:23pm http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/secretary-of-defense-james-n-mattis-general-usmc-retired-ca...
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Associate Director, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Introduction

David S. Maxwell is the Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a 30-year veteran of the US Army retiring as a Special Forces Colonel with his final assignment serving on the military faculty teaching national security at the National War College. He spent the majority of his military service overseas with over twenty years in Asia, primarily in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines leading organizations from the A-Team to the Joint Special Operations Task Force level.

He hails from Madison, Connecticut and is a 1980 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a BA in Political Science and has Masters Degrees in Military Arts and Science and National Security Studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College of the National Defense University. He received his commission from the Officer Candidate School in 1981. 

In addition, he is a fellow at the Institute of Corean-American Studies (ICAS) and on the Board of Directors for the Small Wars Journal, The International Council of Korean Studies (ICKS) and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). He is a Life Member of the Special Forces Association and the National War College Alumni Association. 

He is currently studying in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies program at Georgetown University and teaches SEST 604: Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists.

Education
  • Miami University
    Political Science, 1977 - 1980
  • Command and General Staff College
    Operations Plans and Training, 1994 - 1995
  • School of Advanced Military Studies
    Theater Operations, 1995 - 1996
  • National War College
    National Security Stategy, 2003 - 2004
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  • Georgetown University
    Associate Director, 2011 - present
  • National War College
    Military Faculty, 2010 - 2011
  • US Army Special Operations Command
    Chief Strategic Initiatives group, 2009 - 2010
  • US Army Special Operations Command
    Deputy Chief of Operations, G3, 2007 - 2009
  • Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines
    Commander, 2006 - 2007
  • Special Operations Command Korea
    Chief of Staff, 2004 - 2006
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