Islam, Europe, and the Tet Offensive, Take Two

Matthew Bracken is a former Navy SEAL with a BA in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia.  In 1983 he led a Naval Special Warfare detachment to Beirut, Lebanon.  Links to his short stories

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DISPATCH: Getting Up To Speed on the Russia-Turkey Conflict

Alex Carpenter is Forward Observer’s Geopolitical Analyst and has extensive knowledge of NATO and Russia.  This is an initial assessment of what to expect between Russia and Turkey following

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FO Podcast Episode 027 – The Islamic State

On this week’s podcast, I talk about Mohammad’s version of Islam, and why the Quran and Hadith are to blame for Islamic terrorism and the Islamic State.

FO‘s geopolitical analyst

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FO Podcast Episode 026 – Soft Power & Community Security

In this week’s episode, I talk about the importance of developing soft power and knowing how to use it.

Even though we may want to, we can’t always resort to threats or violence in order

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How Foreign Military Capabilities Are Outpacing the U.S. Navy

As Chinese and Russian military strategies focus on cutting the technological edge of the U.S. military through asymmetric attacks, Defense Department officials are concerned about the devastating impacts

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FO Podcast Episode 025 – Criminal Intelligence Analysis & Community Security

In this week’s podcast, I recommend reading The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen, and talk about the FO subscriber survey results, as

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Community Defense & the Elements of “Soft Power”

If hard power is violence and coercion, then soft power is influence and motivation.  American power projected across the globe teaches that violence has its limitations.  To modify a turn of phrase

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