Military Review English Edition March-April 2016 - Page 6

FEATURES 8 How about Winning Our 28 Beheading, Raping, and Nation’s Wars Instead of Burning: How the Islamic Just Participating in Them? State Justifies Its Actions Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Army, Retired Lt. Cmdr. David G. Kibble, British Royal Naval Reserve, Retired The Islamic State presents a clear midand long-term threat to the cultural and political existence of the West, according to this former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. U.S. military and civilian leadership must have the moral and political will to do everything necessary to beat them. A British naval officer examines how the Islamic State justifies actions that the rest of the world considers barbaric, by considering the content of its online magazine, Dabiq. 16 How Daesh Uses Language in the Domain of Religion Maj. Theresa Ford, U.S. Army Daesh, also known as the Islamic State, uses words and ideas as weapons to motivate and recruit Muslims to its cause, but words and ideas may also be used to defeat it. 36 Clouds or Clocks The Limitations of Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield in a Complex World Maj. Donald P. Carter, U.S. Army The author argues that the “intelligence preparation of the battlefield” model does not support the high degree of situational awareness necessary to succeed in contemporary operating environments and espouses a systemic approach to intelligence doctrine. 42 On Convergence, Emergence, and Complexity Lt. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes, U.S. Army, Retired A former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency provides his views on the challenges associated with the current and future national security environment, warning that these challenges require new strategies. He offers some potential solutions to these problems. About the Cover: U.S. Special Forces soldiers are extracted from a mountain in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, by a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, after executing an air assault mis