The authors listed below have published posts in the SWJ Blog. See also this separate list of authors published in the SWJ Blog.  We greatly appreciate these authors choosing to share their work to the community through us, and thank them for advancing the dialogue on the complex problems of small wars.

Speaking of complexity, this long list is in alphabetical order by first character of the byline, because that's how we've got the data.  If you're searching for a last name, try your browser's Find On Page search feature or our site search. 

Until our pre-Aug 2011 items areupdated, they will show SWJ Editors as the author due to the limitations of our prior system. You can see the real byline when you open the article.

The SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog powered by a coalition of the —and highly able.  We publish contributed guest posts from across the community, screened by SWJ Editors per our editorial policy.  We publish work we think credibly represents an important view that adds to the dialog, not work that reinforces any particular position.  We tend toward pragmatism but are otherwise agnostic of any particular platform; we host a neutral and open tent for serious thought and discussion, not a forum for advocacy.

We also offer a few regular contributors an outlet for their work as SWJ Bloggers. They are free to post what and when they want, without editorial direction or interference. Through their years of professional achievement, they've shown us they merit our trust and this vehicle for their thoughts. By pooling together, we achieve enough volume to keep things fresh for our readers, and we gain other synergies from the huge mountain of talent. But individual contributors are, in essence, writing their own blogs.

The current SWJ Bloggers, in alphabetical order are:  Crispin Burke, Robert Bunker, Robert Haddick, Dave Kilcullen, Malcolm Nance, John Sullivan.


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Author Bios

Eric Walters

29 year veteran of the Marine Corps with 25 years as a military intelligence officer serving at the tactical, joint operational, and national strategic levels. Participant in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the drug wars in South America in the early 1990s, and two major humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, one as the Director of Intelligence. Authored book chapters on WWII urban warfare and information operations in Vietnam within two military history anthologies and numerous articles on tactics, command and control, and military judgment in professional journals and commercial publications.

Erich Simmers

Erich G. Simmers is an Alumni Fellow at the University of Florida where he is a civilian researcher in postcolonial studies and cultural criticism.  He is the author of Weaponized Culture, a blog on technology, culture, and war and is currently writing a dissertation on the representations of T. E. Lawrence in American counterinsurgency doctrine and contemporary pop culture.

Eurasia Review

Eurasia Review is an independent Journal and Think Tank that provides a venue for analysts and experts to disseminate content on a wide-range of subjects that are often overlooked or under-represented by Western dominated media. Despite the combined Eurasia and Afro-Asia areas containing over 70% of the world’s population, analysis and news continues to be dominated by a U.S. slant, and that is where Eurasia Review enters the picture by providing alternative, in-depth perspectives on current events. To achieve this goal, Eurasia Review publishes original content – as well as that provided by collaborating organizations – with distinct and varied points-of-view. As Eurasia Review is an independent organization, our approach is to seek to present all sides to an issue – something that we believe allows readers to then make informed decisions.

Fahad Malaikah

Fahad Malaikah is a Research Associate at the National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.  The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the NESA Center, National Defense University, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.


Forbes is an American business magazine. Published bi-weekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, and law.

Foreign Affairs

Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs. It is now a multiplatform media organization with a print magazine, a website, a mobile site, various apps and social media feeds, an event business, and more.  Foreign Affairs is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a non-profit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy is a news publication, founded in 1970, that is focused on global affairs, current events, and domestic and international policy. It produces content daily on its website, and in six print issues annually.

Fox News

Fox News Channel (FNC), also known as Fox News, is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. As of February 2015, approximately 94,700,000 American households (81.4% of cable, satellite & telco customers) receive the Fox News Channel. The channel broadcasts primarily from studios at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York.

Frank Hoffman

Frank G. Hoffman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University (NDU).     This essay is the author’s own conclusions and does not represent the views of the Department of Defense or the National War College.

Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney

I began my career in 1967 as an Air Forcer officer assigned as a research engineer to the AF Flight Dynamics Laboratory immediately after graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in mechanical engineering.  In 1972, I transferred to Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon, where I worked for Colonel John Boyd, a brilliant fighter tactician and conceptual design engineer, and  began a continuous collaboration until Boyd’s death in 1997.  

After resigning from the Air Force, I joined the Tactical Air Division of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon in 1977, where I remained until retirement in 2003. Over time, my work gradually came to encompass the entire range of programs in the Defense Department, and I was free to work on any subject I chose.  The best known of my studies were a series of analyses that revealed how optimistic economic and technology assumptions conspired to systematically wreck DoD budget plans year after year.  This work became one of the pillars of the Military Reform Movement, of which I was a founding member, along with Col Boyd, Pierre Sprey, Thomas Christie, Colonel Mike Wyly, William Lind, and others.  
I appeared before the US Congress as a witness in many special hearings between 1983 and 2002, all but one of which were convened specifically to discuss my studies. I am author of over 90 articles on defense issues, ranging from critiques of weapons' performance to analyses of the entire defense budget, to the flawed nature of  strategy in America's all too frequent wars.  My 1985 book, "Defense Facts of Life: The Plans/Reality Mismatch" is now considered a minor classic in its field.  My op-eds have appeared in many newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post Outlook, The LA Times, The Baltimore Sun, among others, and magazines, including Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, The Proceedings of the Naval Institute, The Marine Corps Gazette, and Strategic Review, among others.

In addition, my work has been written about in many books, including Robert Coram’s “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War” (Little, Brown and Company,2002) and James Fallows’ “National Defense” (Random House, 1981), runner up for the 1981 Book Critics Circle Award.  I was on the cover of Time Magazine (7 March 1983), and the subject of a one hour interview on Bill Moyers "Now" on 1 August 2003, which won the 2003 Emmy Award for the best news magazine show of the year.  Additional background information can be found in wikipedia (here).

After retiring in 2003, my wife and I moved aboard our 12 meter sailboat, crossed the Atlantic in 2005, and have been living and sailing in the Mediterranean Sea ever since. I continue to write about defense and foreign policy issues.  Since retiring, I have been a frequent contributor to the online newsletter Counterpunch  and to Time's Battleland blog, and occasionally the Huffington Post.  A compendium of my more important unclassified reports can be downloaded here.

G. Murphy Donovan

The author is a former USAF Intelligence officer, Vietnam veteran, a graduate of Iona College (BA), the University of Southern California (MS), the Defense Intelligence College, and the Air War College. He is a former Senior USAF Research Fellow at RAND Corporation, Santa Monica and the former Director of Research and Russian (nee Soviet) Studies, ACS Intelligence, HQ USAF, serving under General James Clapper. Colonel Donovan has served at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Central intelligence Agency.

Gabriel Lajeunesse

Major Gabriel C. Lajeunesse, U.S. Air Force, is a career Special Agent and Middle East / North Africa Area Specialist with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where his work has focused on counterintelligence and counterterrorism. He has served as commander of AFOSI Detachment 113, Hill AFB, Utah, and Expeditionary Detachment 2409, Tallil Air Base, Iraq. He currently serves as a Political Military Planner on the Iran-Levant Policy Division, Directorate for Plans and Policy (J-5), Joint Staff. The views reflected herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components. 

Gabriel White

Gabriel White is an independent defense analyst focused on Europe and Post-Soviet Space. He tweets at@Gabriel___White

Garrett Wood

LT Garrett Ryan Wood is a Naval Gunfire Liason Officer at 5th Anglico in Okinawa who served an OIF deployment aboard a DDG in 2009 and recently completed a deployment to OEF.  He  graduated with majors in History and Political Economy from Hillsdale College.

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson is a retired Marine Corps Colonel who has been a civilian advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.