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- Foreign internal defense : The United States military doctrine for assisting Host Nations in their counterinsurgency programs
- Gulf War, Iraqi integrated air defense system : The combination of doctrine, command and control, radars, fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artillery operated by Iraq at the start of Operation DESERT STORM in January 1991
- Insurgency : A wide range of political and military actions intended to change a government, through means considered illegal by that government.
- Integrated air defense system : An air defense that combines radar, anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles, and fighter aircraft, presenting multiple layers of defense under systematic command and control
- Iraq and weapons of mass destruction : Threats, development programs and actual use, of weapons of mass destruction by Iraq, from the 1970s through the Iraq War
- Middle East Quarterly : A quarterly journal on regional issues, published by the Middle East Forum and peer-reviewed under the guidance of their board of editors; less ideological than its parent
- Operation DESERT STORM : That part of the Gulf War, beginning with the first air strikes at 02:00 local time, 17 January 1991, until the main ground assault into Kuwait, Operation DESERT SABRE
- Samuel Huntington : An American political scientist, futurist and sociologist (1927-2008), with numerous academic and government posts; well known for his "clash of civilizations" theories and analysis of the motivations of soldiers
- Soviet support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War : Soviet technical assistance and sales of military and dual-use equipment, beginning in approximately 1975, to Iraq, and continuing through the Iran-Iraq War; the Soviet Union and France were the leading military suppliers to Iraq
- Swarming (military) : A method of military attacking using multiple attack forces against an opponent, which act in an autonomous but synchronized manner, with real-time communications for their coordination
- Thomas P. M. Barnett : A U.S. strategic theorist and writer in futures studies, best known for the book The Pentagon's New Map giving a structure for globalization
- War on terror : A major policy of the George W. Bush Administration, defining global terrorism, as opposed to nation-states as in the Cold War, as the focal point of national security policy