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The Gray Zone: Russia and Iran's Hybrid Playbook
A 1 hour and 17 minute video that is worth watching.   Frank Hoffman begins at 37:38 taking about the Hybrid Threat concept on its 10th anniversary.  Probably one of the best presentations on Hybrid Threats from the foremost thinker on Hybrid Threats. The G...
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Memorial Day 2015
Thanks to Dave Dilegge for posting this (as he does every year).  We should all read and reflect on this by Monday. Memorial Day 2015 by  SWJ Editors SWJ Blog Post | May 22, 2015 - 12:52pm http://smallwarsjournal.com/ blog/memorial-day-2015  HEADQUARTERS GR...
Thanks to Dave Dilegge for posting this (as he does every year).  We should all read and reflect on this by Monday. Memorial Day 2015 by SWJ Editors SWJ Blog Post | May 22, 2015 - 12:52pm http://smallwa...
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Thanks Dave! I hope you will discern that I am a long lost SF bra!

Because I am!

Buenos Noches

LTC (Ret) John S Weaver
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U.S. Spy Agencies Closely Watched N. Korea Underwater Missile Test
In response to a question I was asked about what Kim Jong-un is doing I provided this response that I thought I would share. This is in accordance with the Kim Family Regime playbook.  Byungjin is the Kim Jong-un policy which incorporates the Military First...
In response to a question I was asked about what Kim Jong-un is doing I provided this response that I thought I would share. This is in accordance with the Kim Family Regime playbook.  Byungjin is the Kim Jong-un policy...
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Monday reading
$500-million program to train anti-Islamic State fighters appears stalled By  W.J. HENNIGAN  AND  PATRICK J. MCDONNELL contact the reporters http://www.latimes.com/world/ middleeast/la-fg-us-syria- 20150503-story.html Navy SEALs see no barrier to women in c...
$500-million program to train anti-Islamic State fighters appears stalled By W.J. HENNIGAN AND PATRICK J. MCDONNELLcontact the reporters http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-us-syria-20150503-story.html ...
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Stand Up and Fight! The Creation of U.S. Security Organizations, 1942-2005
The 300 page document consisting of a series of essays can be downloaded from the web site at the link below.  This may be of use to those researching national security issues and organizations. Stand Up and Fight! The Creation of U.S. Security Organization...
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Subcommitttee on Emerging Threats & Capabilities Markup FY16 NDAA
I should have highlighted this from the actual mark-up at this link   http://docs.house.gov/ meetings/AS/AS26/20150422/ 103282/BILLS-114HR1735ih-U1. pdf   Section 10XX— Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Unconventional Warfare   This section woul...
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The Need to Understand and Conduct UW
My musings on unconventional warfare (and countering unconventional warfare), foreign internal defense and political warfare from discussions with Octavian Manea over the past few months.  I should have added now that I am retired from the military I am unc...
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Fighting And Winning In The "Gray Zone" & My Thoughts on Revolution, Resistance and Insurgency
To add to this important essay I would recommend reading the USASOC White Paper SOF Support to Political Warfare as a construct for fighting and winning in the "gray zone."  It can be accessed at this link:   http://maxoki161.blogspot. com/2015/03/sof-suppo...
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Time to Prepare for Regime Change in N.Korea
We have rarely read and heard the Korean media say this.  But we have wasted the last 19 years (since we really began looking at the possibility of regime collapse) by not effectively preparing for it and only paying it lip service because we really do not ...
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Seeking Legitimate Governance of the Korean Peninsula
Excerpts: Focusing on legitimate governance, defined as governance for the well-being of all Koreans, addresses the root cause of the security threat. It provides an overarching principle that gives policymakers the foresight to plant diplomatic seeds that ...
Excerpts: Focusing on legitimate governance, defined as governance for the well-being of all Koreans, addresses the root cause of the security threat. It provides an overarching principle that gives policymakers the fores...
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Rules for Military Writers
Some good advice.  The four page memo can be
accessed directly at this link:   http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52908c90e4b023ca755eb442/t/55440017e4b0ebaf8fa41d2b/1430519831121/Military+Writers+Pre-Publication+Security+Review+Guide.pdf Rules for Milit...
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Sunday Evening Reading
Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism The report can be accessed at this link:   http://www.hrnk.org/uploads/ pdfs/4_27_15_Stanton_ ArsenalofTerror.pdf Key quote:  According to Nicholas Eberstadt, HRNK Board member and Henry Wendt Schol...
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Associate Director, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Introduction
Colonel David S. Maxwell, US Army Special Forces (Retired), hails from Madison, Connecticut. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He 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 through the Officer Candidate School in 1981. His final assignment was as a member of the military faculty at the National War College. 
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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