History of conflict - 2000-
A Military Guide to Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century
This is reference guide prepared from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence-Threats. Understanding terrorism spans foreign and domestic threats of nation-states, rogue states with international or transnational agent demonstrations, and actors with specific strategies, tactics, and targets. A central aspect of this terrorism guide comprises foreign and domestic threats against the United States of America in a contemporary operational environment. This document provides an introduction to the nature of terrorism and recognition of terrorist threats to US military forces. A common situational awareness by US military forces considers three principal venues: forces that are deployed, forces that are in transit to or from an operational mission, and forces that are primarily installation or institution support. Compiled from open source materials, this handbook promotes a 'Threats' perspective and enemy situational awareness of US strategies and operations in combating terrorism.
Australian War Memorial Collection Databases
This site provides online access to the AWM collections of art, photography, film, sound, private records, military heraldry and technology. It covers major conflicts from the colonial period 1788 to the present, these include Iraq 2003, Afghanistan 2001, East Timor 1999-2000, Gulf War 1990-1991, Vietnam War, Korean War and the First and Second World Wars. There is a very large collection of Gallipoli images during World War One - with over 3000 in the database. The database is keyword searchable and also contains browseable collection highlights which include the attack on Sydney Harbour by Japan, the Battle of El Alamein, the Battle of Milne and the Kokoda Campaign during World War Two. Images are available for download but copyright permission must be sought from AWM.
Canadian Military History Gateway
This is a gateway to websites and digital resources about Canada's military history, developed by the Department of National Defence and supported by National Defence Online and the Canadian Culture Online Program. The site can be searched by using keywords, or browsed by subject or type of resource. There is also a timeline of Canada's military history, and the online reference book, Canadian Military Heritage, a three volume work which provides a summary of Canadian military history from 1000 to 2000 AD. The site is also available in French.
Developing Iraq’s Security Sector : The Coalition Provisional Authority’s Experience
This technical report (MG-365-OSD) was published by The RAND Corporation in 2005 and was written by Andrew Rathmell, Olga Oliker, Terrence K. Kelly, David Brannan and Keith Crane. Following the war in Iraq, the United States and its allies found that their prewar expectations of security did not match the actual postwar environment. Iraqi security forces had largely disappeared, and those that remained were incapable of countering a rising tide of political violence and crime. From May 2003 to June 28, 2004 (when it handed over authority to the Iraqi Interim Government), the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) sought to field Iraqi security forces and to develop security sector institutions. This book-all of whose authors were advisors to the CPA-breaks out the various elements of Iraq’s security sector, including the defense, interior, and justice sectors, and assesses the CPA’s successes and failures. Furthermore, the book identifies six problems underlying the coalition’s approach that need to be addressed if Iraq is to recover from past mistakes. Iraq needs capable security forces in the near term and sustainable security institutions for the long term. The authors emphasize that the onus must remain on the United States and its international partners to ensure that long-term institution-building remains on the Iraqi agenda. [Taken from abstract]. This is a PDF file, so Adobe Acrobat software will be required in order to read it.
Exploring Religious Conflict
This technical report (CF-211) was published by The RAND Corporation in 2005 and was written by Gregory F. Treverton, Heather S. Gregg, Daniel Gibran and Charles Yost. Reports the result of a workshop that brought together intelligence analysts and experts on religion with the goal of providing background and a frame of reference for assessing religious motivations in international politics and discovering what causes religiously rooted violence and how states have sought to take advantage of or contain religious violence ï¿½ with emphasis on radical Islam. [Taken from abstract]. This is a PDF file, so Adobe Acrobat software will be required in order to read it.
News in Depth : Deployments in Africa
Provided by the UK Ministry of Defence, this site provides official news on UK military operations in Africa. As well as providing the latest news headlines and an RSS news feed on peace support operations, Army training and landmine clearance programmes; there is background information on deployments; a log of operational activity; and links to related web sites such as the Africa Union, Commission for Africa, and the International Mine Action Training Centre.
Open News Archive Clip Index
Provided by BBC News under the terms of the Creative Archive Licence, this site contains free video and audio clips of iconic news stories and events over the last fifty years. The clips can be browsed by topic, location, year, or via an interactive map. Topics covered include conflicts and wars such as 9/11, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Falklands, Iraq, Kosovo, Middle East, and Northern Ireland; disasters; personalities and leaders; politics; science and technology; and sport. There are also details on the Creative Archive and how the clips may be used.
Operation Northern Watch
Operation Northern Watch is the combined task force which is enforcing the no fly zone North of the 36th Parallel in Iraq, to monitor Iraqi compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions. The partners in the operation are Great Britain, the United States and Turkey. The website provides details of the purpose of the mission and a chronology of the main military events. Also provided are news stories on air strikes against Iraq and the text of United Nations Security Council resolutions made against Saddam Hussein and Iraq. Photos, information on exercises, and operations are included along with publications and strategy information.
Reporters on the Battlefield. The Embedded Press System in Historical Context
This technical report (MG-200-RC) was published by The RAND Corporation in 2004 and was written by Christopher Paul and James J. Kim. Focusing on the embedded press system deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, this book attempts to answer the following questions: How effective was the embedded press system in meeting the needs of the three main constituencies-the press, the military, and the citizens of the United States? What policy history led to the innovation of an embedded press system? Where are press-military relations likely to go in the future? [Taken from abstract]. This is a PDF file, so Adobe Acrobat software will be required in order to read it.
Serb Integration in Kosovo : Taking the Plunge
A report from the International Crisis Group which discusses the challenges of integration of the Serb minority into Kosovo following independence. The Kosovo government and international bodies are pursuing decentralisation as the best way to involve Serbs in the institutions of the new state. The report argues that sensitivity is necessary towards Serb concerns such as avoiding references to Kosovoâ€™s status.
Struggling to Survive : Children in Armed Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Report from the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, published in April 2006. The chapters in the report look at the context including the political background, transitional government, parties to conflict, armed groups, ongoing crisis, the humanitarian crisis and the role of MONUC; refugees and IDPs displacement and returns; health; HIV and AIDS; education; gender based violence; trafficking and exploitation of children; landmines and unexploded ordnance; small arms and the arming of child soldiers and other civilians; children associated with armed forces and groups; UN Security Council actions and urgent recommendations. The report is in pdf format.
Sustainment of Army Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom : Major Findings and Recommendations
This technical report (MG-342-A) was published by The RAND Corporation in 2005 and was written by Eric Peltz, Marc Robbins, Kenneth J. Girardini, Rick Eden, John Halliday and Jeffrey Angers. By virtually every account, the major combat operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom that toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime in the spring of 2003 were a remarkable success. Yet there is a general belief within the Army and the broader defense community, supported by RAND Arroyo Center’s analysis, that this success was achieved despite logistics problems that hampered materiel sustainment. However, moving beyond the initial impressions that emerged quickly following operations, Arroyo’s research has indicated that forces and sustainment capabilities were sufficiently robust to overcome the problems and effectively execute missions. This monograph describes how well the Department of Defense logistics system supported Army forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom, documents the major reasons for shortfalls in performance, provides recommendations for improvement, and points to questions raised with respect to the design of future forces. [Taken from abstract]. This is a PDF file, so Adobe Acrobat software will be required in order to read it.
The Armed Forces Bill : Bill 94 of Session 2005-2006
This is the full text PDF of Research Paper 05/86 published by the International Affairs and Defence Section of the House of Commons Library on 7 December 2005. The Bill is intended to consolidate and modernise the three Service Discipline Acts: the Army Act 1955, the Air Force Act 1955 and the Naval Discipline Act 1957. It is recommended that this paper be read in conjunction with House of Commons Library Research Paper RP 05/75 entitled 'Background to the Armed Forces Bill, 11 November 2005'. The latter provides an overview of the present disciplinary system and includes some comments and the issues which may be discussed as this Bill progresses.
The Prevention of Terrorism Bill : Bill 61 of 2004-05
This is the full text PDF of Research Paper 05/14 published by the Home Affairs Section of the House of Commons Library on 22nd February 2005 concerning the Prevention of Terrorism Bill which is published the same day. The Bill would enable the Secretary of State to make ‘control orders’ to restrict the movements or behaviour of suspected terrorists who cannot be otherwise prosecuted or deported. The control orders would be subject to some judicial oversight.
The Terrorism Bill 2005-06 : Bill 55 of 2005-06
This is the full text PDF of Research Paper 05/66 published by the Home Affairs Section of the House of Commons Library which discusses the Terrorism Bill introduced in the House of Commons on 12th October 2005. The Bill is aimed to amend and extend previous counter-terrorist legislation. It creates several new offences,including an offence of encouragement of terrorism and to extend the maximum period during which suspected terrorists can be detained. The Bill was introduced after the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the London bombings of 2005.
U.S. Military Operations in Iraq: Planning, Combat and Occupation
This web site provides access to a United States Strategic Studies Institute publication written by Kate Phillips, Shane Lauth, Erin Schenck and edited by W. Andrew Terrill dated April 2006. A colloquium on "U.S. Military Operations in Iraq: Planning, Combat, and Occupation" was held November 2, 2005, and was co-sponsored by SSI and Johns Hopkinsâ€™ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Three years beyond the start of that transition, the debate continues about the adequacy of planning for and proficiency of execution of Phase IV operations in Iraq and elsewhere. The debate most often surrounds three issues concerning this final operational phase: the relationship to preceding operational phases; responsibility for planning; and responsibility for execution. Much of the debate to this point has been an unproductive effort to assign blame for shortcomings in the planning for and execution of stability and reconstruction operations; participants in the colloquium moved beyond finding fault, began analyzing the central issues, and addressed solutions [Taken froam abstract]. The full text is available in PDF format so Adobe Acrobat software will be required in order to read it.
Understanding Multinational Corporations in War Torn Societies : Sudan in Focus
Danish Institute for International Studies, DIIS (former Centre for Development Research, CDR) Brief published in April 2006 and written by Luke A. Patey. The paper looks at the impact multinational corporations can have on war torn socities and civil wars in the developing world, in particular international companies which extract natural resources such as oil, gas, timber, diamonds and other precious minerals. It looks in particular at the case of international oil companies in Sudan and provides a framework for clarifying behaviour of multinational corporations.
United Nations Cartographic Section
This site provides access to general maps, a map library and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) maps. The DPKO maps include ongoing peacekeeping missions, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), UN Missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (UNMIBH and UNMIK) and the Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM). There are also links to the latest information on these missions from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).
Urban Operations Journal
Maintained by Dave Dilegge, a former urban operations analyst for the United States Marine Corps, the site provides information on urban military operations. The site contains full text documents relating to Military Operations on Urbanised Terrain (MOUT) doctrine and Tactics Techniques and Procedures (TTP). There is also documentation on current and future technologies, links to sites on operations in different countries, an image library and glossary.
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