Gen. Walter Jajko: Arm Ukraine

USAF Brigadier General (Ret.) and IWP professor of defense studies, Gen. Walter Jajko, published an article on the rapidly escalating situation in Ukraine. His analysis is the cover story of the March 5 issue (No. 10) of the Polish weekly, Gazeta Polska.

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Strategic Surprise

The nature of strategic surprise in warfare is such that it confounds and negates an enemy’s strategy, and indeed his purpose – not just his objective – and ultimately his policy, thereby making irrelevant and futile his entire, following effort.  Strategic surprise, i.e. an unpredicted development that had a decisive and fundamental, transformative, sometimes revolutionary,…

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Poland: Strategically active or passive?

With Poland’s release from Communist captivity and its subsequent accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, its strategic situation was transformed and seemed to have improved dramatically.  Poland’s security is in reality not what it appears to be.  Rather, Poland’s security situation, in my estimation, has deteriorated and is likely to deteriorate further.  As this…

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Putin thumbs his nose at Bush

Georgia is only a pesky midget blocking the way to Ukraine.  Russia’s ultimate and more important target is Ukraine, not Georgia.  This is why the Russian war against Georgia is of the utmost strategic significance.  

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Russian recriminations: Feeling sorry for itself

Policy makers should recall that Russian leaders are engaged in an orchestrated political offensive against the US.  Russians repeatedly complain that the US ignores Russia or doesn’t treat it as an equal, doesn’t provide it aid, trespasses into its sphere of influence, is reviving the Cold War and is launching wars using the pretext of…

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Strategy: Back to Basics… And More

For many citizens, military strategy is arcane, esoteric, and simply incomprehensible – and, in practice, seemingly ill-used, poorly practiced, or even absent.It often seems to be so also to the many whom are charged with developing or practicing military strategy and to the many whom pontificate about it.Thus, it is timely and instructive to recall…

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It’s propaganda time

Critics of the Iraq war are outraged over the revelation that the U.S. military has been paying millions of dollars to plant pro-American, Pentagon-written propaganda articles in Iraqi newspapers and to buy off Iraqi journalists with monthly stipends. As Professor Walter Jajko writes in a December 2, 2005 Los Angeles Times op-ed, it's about time.

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Under Attack, A Mute & Dumb America

The Department of State is “revitalizing” public diplomacy.  What the United States really needs is a Ministry of Propaganda (Latin for information).       For decades, the U.S. has needed ─ for more than just public diplomacy ─ a permanent organization for using all the means of information in international politics. After all, even third-rate countries…

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The historical significance of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising

Professor Walter Jajko discusses the consequences and meaning of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis. He gave these remarks, published by the Polish Academy of Sciences’ quarterly journal, Dialogue and Univeralism, at the pre-screening of a CNN documentary on the uprising at IWP on June 3, 2004.

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