A nighttime view of the Pentagon Building showing smoke rising from the building after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The dome of the Capital Building is visible in the background. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Houlihan Public domain

Capturing The Lessons Of The “Global War On Terrorism”

Dr. Thomas A.

Efforts to capture the
lessons of the last two decades – what was once termed the “Global War on
Terrorism” or “the GWOT” – have now been subsumed within a more all-encompassing
attempt to elevate Irregular Warfare (IW) to a position alongside Regular Warfare
(RW) in Professional Military Education (PME).[i] This has led to considerable discussion on how
to proceed. A logical way would be to examine important yet often unknown success
stories whose telling can info...