JEMEAA Articles

  • The Catastrophic Success of the U.S. Air Force

    The Air Force’s immense success resulting from the courage, skill, and technological superiority of American airmen has now perversely made the service much less ready to fight the next big war.
  • From Praetorian Guards to National Armies

    After African independences, new political authorities made the army the ultimate symbol of sovereignty—as a means of ensuring defense and territorial integrity as well as a foundation for nation building.
  • Air Force Manned Reconnaissance at a Crossroads

    After more than 25 years of successful but one-sided combat operations, plans to replace the U.S. Air Force’s legacy big-wing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft with new jets are in doubt.
  • The Hidden Costs of Strategy by Special Operations

    Senior leaders in and out of uniform should ask themselves harder questions when deciding to employ special operations forces, for they are too valuable a resource to use haphazardly.
  • Lassoing the Haboob: Countering Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin in Mali

    To develop solutions to Mali’s terrorist crisis, it is first vital to understand its history and explain how a country that was once held up as an exemplar of democratic success in Africa could collapse with such rapidity. Additionally, the same factors that led to Mali’s current disaster precipitated the creation of the extremist group Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM). Therefore, it is similarly important to characterize and understand the group’s history, organization, methods, and narrative. Only once armed with that understanding can one begin to develop possible strategies for countering JNIM and ameliorating Mali’s troubled situation.
  • The Use of Helicopters against Guerrillas: The Israeli Model

    This article examines the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) use of helicopters in the war against terrorism to demonstrate the specificity of the IAF’s use of attack helicopters as compared with other armies fighting terror in the world today.
  • Islamic Radicalization in Belgium

    While the total number of Muslims in Belgium is estimated at less than a million, far less than countries like France and Germany, the country’s sparse population means Muslims comprise approximately 6 percent of the country’s inhabitants. A complicating factor is the preexisting divide in the country between the Dutch-speaking North (Flanders) and primarily French-speaking South (Wallonia). This article examines the ongoing issue of radicalization among Muslims in Belgium and how the preexisting divide within Belgian politics plays a role in addressing the issue.
  • The Revolution in Drone Warfare: The Lessons from the Idlib De-Escalation Zone

    The beginning of 2020 nearly witnessed Russia and Turkey in direct kinetic war. Both countries came to this confrontation well-experienced in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and electromagnetic spectrum warfare technologies, having demonstrated their proficiencies in actions taken against rebel factions in Syria—and in Ankara’s case against Kurdish groups in Turkey—but neither Russia nor Turkey, or other countries for that matter, had previous experience in employing these technologies in a direct clash against a peer competitor. Thus, the warfare between the two adversaries in Libya was truly a transformational confrontation that will definitely be added into military handbooks and manuals around the globe.
  • Book Review: A Concise History of Sunnis & Shi’is

    An evaluation of John McHugo’s A Concise History of Sunnis & Shi’is.
  • Volume 02 Issue 03, Fall 2020

    Volume 02 Issue 03, Fall 2020
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