Free Media Learning Opportunity: James McPherson ~ Lincoln as Strategist

On March 15, 2008, eminent historian (and Gustavus Adolphus College graduate) James McPherson, addressed the Pritzker Military Library on President Lincoln as a strategist. His analysis is interesting: “As Commander in Chief in time of war, the President performs or overseas three areas: Policy, National Strategy, and Military Strategy.” “Policy refers to war aims, the…

Free Media Learning Opportunity: David Kilcullen ~ Counterterrorism versus Counterinsurgency

**Note: when first published, I made the error of referring to CT and COIN as different potential “strategies” in Afghanistan. I should have known better. As Kilcullen himself says, COIN is an “operational technique” that does not supplant the need for true, comprehensive strategy or policy. Often, COIN operational technique falls under the umbrella of…