Author Archives: William S. Lind

Memo to the Chairman

If the Joint Chiefs are sick of losing, try a defensive grand strategy.

Failure as a Way of Life

The logic of lost wars and military-industrial boondoggles

One Cheer for Colonialism

Libya needs a state. Egypt can provide one.

Logic of a Modern Militia

How do you stop lone-wolf terror? With every man available.

What Militarism Means

Its perfect symbol isn’t Prussia, it’s the F-35.

Why Soldiers Lie

Our generals are better at bureaucratic infighting than war fighting.

Conservatism for the City

Beauty, streetcars, and dual codes are the right ideas for urban policy.

Can We Hurt the Islamic State?

Punitive raids won’t destroy ISIS—but they don’t have to.

Cops With War Toys

Militarizing police is the worst way to fight crime.

A Canon for the Officer Corps

Seven books that teach our troops how to win today’s wars

The Lessons of 1814

Decaying states today are as dangerous as Napoleon’s armies were 200 years ago.

An Officer Corps That Can’t Score

How military careerism breeds habits of defeat

Russia’s Right Turn

Moscow has reclaimed its 19th-century conservative role.

Islam’s Civil War

America can win it—by staying out.

John Boyd’s Art of War

Why our greatest military theorist only made colonel.

Rand Paul’s Realignment

The senator points his party toward a stronger defense policy

Two Intifadas and a Flawed Theory

What one of the Marine Corps’ leading minds reveals about war, terror, and insurgency.

Don’t Break the China

We need Beijing as an ally against anarchy.

Rank Incompetence

Turf wars are the one kind our generals know how to win.

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