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Dr. Robert J. Bunker

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Photo ROBERT J. BUNKER is an international security and counterterrorism professional and is presently an adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) and an instructor with the Safe Communities Institute, University of Southern California. Past associations include Futurist in Residence, Behavioral Research and Instruction Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, VA, and Distinguished Visiting Professor and Minerva Chair at SSI, USAWC. Dr. Bunker has delivered numerous presentations—including U.S. congressional testimony—and has hundreds of publications including dozens of books, booklets, reports, papers, articles, response guidance, and research notes. Radical Islamist-focused publications and activities include co-editorship of a recent five-volume Small Wars Journal anthology series on this topical area as well as earlier works ranging from the weaponization of unmanned aerial systems, use of teleoperated sniper rifles and machine guns, and suicide bombers (including internal body cavity), along with related efforts extending back to pre-September 11, 2001, research on al-Qaeda doctrine, later published for U.S. law enforcement counterterrorism purposes, as well as pre- and post-September 11, 2001, Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group (LA TEW) activities. Dr. Bunker holds university degrees in political science, government, social science, anthropology-geography, behavioral science, and history, and has undertaken extensive specialized counterterrorism and counternarcotics training.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Robert J. Bunker

  • Contemporary Chemical Weapons Use in Syria and Iraq by the Assad Regime and the Islamic State

    February 11, 2019

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
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    This monograph focuses on an understudied, yet a critically important and timely, component of land warfare related to the battlefield use of chemical weapons by contemporary threat forces. It provides an overview of the Assad Regime’s and the Islamic State’s chemical warfare capabilities and analyzes their respective use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. It then provides lessons learned that will serve to influence U.S. Army policy and planning considerations vis-à-vis its support of Joint Force implementation of National Command Authority guidance.

  • Radical Islamist English-Language Online Magazines: Research Guide, Strategic Insights, and Policy Response

    August 08, 2018

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Pamela Ligouri Bunker.
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    This Strategic Studies Institute book provides a comprehensive research guide to radical Islamist English-language online magazines, eBooks, and assorted radical Islamist news magazines, reports, and pocketbooks published between April-May 2007 and November 2016, and generates strategic insights and policy response options.

  • Armed Robotic Systems Emergence: Weapons Systems Life Cycles Analysis and New Strategic Realities

    November 14, 2017

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
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    This monograph analyzes the historical weapons systems life cycles of the early 9th through the mid-16th-century knight, the mid-19th through the later 20th-century battleship, and the early 20th through the early 21st-century tank. Next, it applies the knowledge gained to provide strategic context and governmental guidance concerning the emergence of armed robotic systems—drones and droids—on the modern battlefield.

  • Old and New Insurgency Forms

    March 15, 2016

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
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    While the study of insurgency extends well over 100 years and has its origins in the guerrilla and small wars of the 19th century and beyond, almost no cross-modal analysis—that is, dedicated insurgency form typology identification—has been conducted. This monograph creates a proposed insurgency typology divided into legacy, contemporary, and emergent and potential insurgency forms, and provides strategic implications for U.S. defense policy as they relate to each of these forms.

  • Terrorist and Insurgent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Use, Potentials, and Military Implications

    August 27, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
    View the Executive Summary

    U.S. Army organizations and its sister services are effected by nonstate threat unmanned aerial vehicle (or drone) use, as well as domestic policing and federal law enforcement bodies tasked with counterterrorism and homeland security missions. This technology can and will be used against U.S. troops deployed overseas and against civilians back home.

  • Cartel Car Bombings in Mexico

    August 16, 2013

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Mr. John P. Sullivan.
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    The authors provide an analysis of cartel car bombing incidents in Mexico, with about 20 incidents identified over the last 2 1/2 years. Use patterns are discussed, along with future car bombing potentials in Mexico and the United States.

  • Five-Dimensional (Cyber) Warfighting: Can the Army After Next be Defeated Through Complex Concepts and Technologies?

    March 01, 1998

    Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
    The theme for the U.S. Army War College's Ninth Annual Strategy Conference (April 1998) is "Challenging the United States Symmetrically and Asymmetrically: Can America Be Defeated?" Dr. Robert J. Bunker of California State University, San Bernardino, answers the question with an emphatic "yes."