ISSN 2688-5395 (Online)

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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






















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









Weather: The Only Constant in Warfare
Mangesh Sawant

An Introduction to PLAN E: Grand Strategy
for the Twenty-First-Century Era of Entangled Security
and Hyperthreats

Elizabeth G. Boulton, PhD

Lake Chad:
Changing Hydrography, Violent Extremism,
and Climate-Conflict Intersection

Thomas E. Griffin

Water Scarcity in Brazil: A Case Study
Denise Slater














Tidal and Wave Renewable Energy: In Support of Marines
during Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations

Major Corydon Cusack, USMC

Quantum Technology and the Military—Revolution or Hype?:
The Impact of Emerging Quantum Technologies on Future Warfare

Captain Daniel Choi, USMC

A New Way of War: The Swarmers
Davide Montingelli

The Battle with Data: Realities of Bringing Artificial Intelligence
to the Battlefield

Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Whitty, USMC

System-on-System Competition in Defense Innovation
Nicholas Dew and Ira Lewis

Freedom’s “Flying Snake”: The AIM-9 Sidewinder in the Cold War
James Young, PhD























The Great Power Competition for North America:
Western Expansion and the Conquest of Trans-Appalachia,

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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