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ISSN 2688-5395 (Online)

Military Science

From Deterrence to Strategic Morality: A Proposed Paradigm Revolution Addressing the Reintroduction of Aggressive War into the Strategic Environment
Patrick C. Coaty, PhD

War Becoming Phantasmal: A Cognitive Shift in Organized Violence beyond Traditional Limits
Ben Zweibelson, PhD

Appraising Information in an Integration of Evidence-Based Management and Military Judgment and Decision Making
David E. McCullin, DM

Crossing under Fire: The Israeli 143d Armored Division at the Suez Canal, 1973
Lieutenant Colonel Nathan A. Jennings, USA, PhD

Reconsidering Offensive Mine Warfare: Historical Perspectives from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War
Commander Christian Richer, USN

LST Redux: Adapting to the Future of Maritime Warfare by Understanding the Past
Evan Phillips, EdD

Integrating Information Literacy with the Evidence-based Framework and Military Judgement and Decision Making: A Literature Review
David E. McCullin, DM

The "Big Three" Revisited: Initial Lessons from 200 Days of War in Ukraine
Yagil Henkin, PhD

Improving Maneuver Warfighting with Antoine-Henri Jomini: Warfighting Functions, the Single Battle Concept, and Interior Lines
Captain Austin L. Bajc

The Concept of War in Ancient Mesopotamia: Reshaping Carl von Clausewitz's Trinity
by Michael Cserkits, PhD

The Integration of the Evidence-Based Framework and Military Judgment and Decision-Making
by David E. McCullin, DM

The American and Joint Origins of Operational Depth in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign
by Thomas Bruscino, PhD

Exploring Evidence-Based Management in Military Planning Processes as a Critically Appraised Topic
by David E. McCullin, DM

The Desert War: Marine Corps Aviation in Desert Storm, January-February 1991
Fred Allison, PhD

The Operational Warfare Revolution: How Operational Art Can Prepare the Marine Corps for an Era of Great Power Competition
Matthew J. Schultz

The Finely-Honed Blade: Clausewitz and Boyd on Friction and Moral Factors
by Martin Samuels

Foreign Policy

Assessing Resistance for the Purpose of Informing International Policy
by Robert S. Burrell and John Collison

Misinformed: Implications of Foreign Influence on the Information Environment that Launched Operation Iraqi Freedom
by Michael P. Ferguson

Russian Foreign Humanitarian Assistance:  Identifying Trends Using 15 Years of Open-Source Data
by Jonathan Robinson

Military Competition between the United States and China in the South China Sea: A Critical Analysis
by Nicky C. Cardenas

To Win without Fighting: Defining China's Political Warfare
by Professor Kerry Gershaneck

Policy, Perception, and Misperception: The United States and the Fall of the Shah
by Kyle Balzer

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Its Foreign Policy and Foreign Legion
Mark D. Silinsky, PhD

Military Culture

The Great Power Competition for North America: Western Expansion and the Conquest of Trans-Appalachia, 1680–1821
Matthew J. Flynn, PhD 

Holistic Health as a Twenty-First-Century Military Strategy: Stoic Philosophy and Spiritual Fitness for Optimizing Warfighter Readiness
Commander David A. Daigle, CHC, USN; Lieutenant Colonel Daniel V. Goff, USMC (Ret); and Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc

Culture in Military Operations: A Case Study: Operation Provide Comfort
Vern Liebl

Combat Art: An Avant-Garde Approach to Developing Critical Thinkers
Major Eric Cash, USMC

Postpartum Depression and Its Impact on the Joint Force
Major Justin Mastrangelo, USAFR

Cultural Problems Require Cultural Solutions: Partnership between Anthropology and the U.S. Marine Corps to Prevent Suicide
Seth Allard

How Can the United States Move toward Gender-Neutral Special Forces?: Lessons from the Norwegian Military
Mariah Loukou

Evaluating Military Cross-Cultural Training Programs
Allison Abbe, PhD


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