Classical Clausewitzian Strategy, COIN, and Shock & Awe

Study the Second Gulf War and the war in Afghanistan. How did Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom deviate from a classical Clausewitzian strategy? Do you believe this deviation caused many of the difficulties faced by Coalition Forces in the years that followed? How has the Petraeus Doctrine addressed the problems of modern insurgencies? It …

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The Treaty of Versailles, Fourteen Points and Retribution

The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I but it proved a poor ending. Have you looked at the actual document? Why might it and the war's ending have led to World War II? Until my academic adventures, I had only a casual familiarity with the actual Treaty of Versailles in its lengthy 1919 entirety. …

First World War Musings

“Discuss what you thought was most interesting fact about WWI?” What is the most interesting fact about the First World War is the immense role it played in human history. Upon the signing of the Armistice, the path of mankind started in a much different direction than anyone at the time could have imagined and …

Unions and Disunity: Walter Reuther’s Influence on Labor/Corporate Relations in the American Automotive Industry

This was one of the most difficult papers to write as I understand the perspectives of those both for and against labor unions...  The industrial might of the United States upon the close of the Second World War was second to none in the global economy. American will and pride had risen to the challenges …

The Forgotten War That No One Remembers

One of my future projects is going to be a look at the lessons not learned over the last century - political, military, and intelligence. "A huge project," you say? What is worse - ignoring the lessons ignored or spending the time to research and argue the point... which will be read and forgotten fairly quickly?  …

Tenacity, 1950: The Red Tide and Chochi’won

History is often regarded as the victorious tales of a nation's forces against a ruthless enemy. There are times, however, when a defeat is overlooked as a point of inconvenience to the national narrative. The utter lack of attention given to the geopolitical situation leading up to the beginning of the Korean War in 1950, …

The Legacy of the Battle of Jutland

Early in my blogging habit, I wrote about my preferred brand of Scotch (Scapa) and my perspective on its relationship with naval history. As the 102-year anniversary of one of the most disputed naval battles in history approaches, it is fitting to submit one of my academic papers for your consideration.  It was somewhat of …