John Arquilla


John Arquilla is a professor of defense analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, where he has taught in the special operations curriculum since 1993. He is the author of a number of books, including Worst Enemy: The Reluctant Transformation of the American Military. Dr. Arquilla’s most recent publication is an article in the current issue of Foreign Policy entitled “The New Rules of War.”

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Americanism In Afghanistan? A Flawed Design

by Hy Rothstein, John Arquillavia Strategika
Monday, February 26, 2018

Since the war in Afghanistan began in late 2001, three successive presidential administrations have claimed that the Taliban are on the verge of collapse, the Afghan military is close to securing the country, and Afghan leaders in Kabul are just one step away from providing legitimate governance. 

Victor Davis Hanson and John Arquilla

New rules of war with Hanson and Arquilla

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Victor Davis Hanson, John Arquillavia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Is the United States military behind the curve? John Arquilla believes so. “[Our] big ships, big guns, and big battalions…are sure to be the wrong approach to waging the wars of the future.” ” He offers a way to get ahead of the curve: “[I]f we build a more networked force, it will already be able to fight at the regular level, and I believe that it will be able to scale up very nicely to fight the bigger wars.”