To Defeat an Evolving ISIS, the U.S. and Its Allies Must Adapt

To Defeat an Evolving ISIS, the U.S. and Its Allies Must Adapt
Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack, Baghdad, Iraq, June 9, 2016 (AP photo by Hadi Mizban).

When facing an adversary, the U.S. military always searches for what Carl von Clausewitz, the great 19th-century Prussian theorist of war, called the “center of gravity.” Clausewitz used the term to refer to the primary source of a combatant’s power and strength, which can take many forms, including control over a strategically valuable territory or key command-and-control center, like a capital city; or something more amorphous, like public support for the government or alliance cohesion. Today’s military strategists believe that the most effective way to defeat any enemy is to identify its center of gravity, and then destroy or control […]

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