TO KEEP PACE WITH RIVALS, ANALYZE THE COMPETITION SPACE

National security experts regularly reference the idea of a whole of government approach. But all too often the interagency process is confounded by communication stovepipes. What if there was a tool that overcame those silos of excellence. WAR ROOM welcomes Tommy Daniel and Aaron Honn as they suggest Competition Space Analysis (CSA) as just that tool. Their hope is to use network and operational experience gained from counterinsurgency campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan to develop a malign actor event and network database. A database that could synchronize U.S. Government efforts in contested spaces.

AMERICA’S BYZANTINE STRATEGY

The U.S. can do worse than emulate the strategy of an empire that survived for a thousand years. The Roman Empire was the longest-lasting empire in world history, enduring more than fourteen centuries. Throughout its republican and imperial history, Rome relied heavily on military power, using conquest to expand the empire. As Luttwak observes in […]

RETOOLING THOR’S HAMMER: GETTING RECONSTRUCTION RIGHT

Successful international development requires the persistent, intelligent, and adaptive application of a broad set of government tools … and support from local populations. In Norse mythology, Thor’s hammer is a legendary weapon that crushes the enemies of the Aesir (the Norse pantheon), and protects Asgard. The U.S. military is a modern Thor’s hammer, able to […]