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.

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


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Joe Byerly (21)
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A.C. Hall (1)
Adam Elkus (5)
Adam Geibel (2)
Adam Jungdahl (1)
Alejandro M. Sueldo (3)
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Avinash Paliwal (1)
Barry M. Stentiford (1)
Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong (2)
Best Defense (1)
Bill Caldwell (10)
Bill Nagle (4)
Bing West (23)
Bob Killebrew (2)
Bob Weimann (1)
Brandt Smith (1)
Brian Woolworth (1)
Brock Dahl (1)
Bruce Gudmundsson (2)
Butch Bracknell (4)
Butch Bracknell and Adam Tharp (1)
Byron Ramirez (1)
Carol E. B. Choksy (1)
Center for a New American Security (1)
Center for Strategic & International Studies (1)
Charles A. Flynn (1)
Charles G. Kels (2)
Chris Davis (1)
Christopher D. Kolenda (1)
Christopher Jenks (1)
Christopher Johnston (1)
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Crispin Burke (25)
Dan Cox (1)
Daniel R. DePetris (2)
Daniel Rice (1)
Darrell Fawley (1)
Dave Dilegge (1077)
Dave Duffy (1)
Dave Kilcullen (15)
David Abel (1)
David C. Eckley (1)
David Kuhn (5)
David Kuhn (1)
David L. Wilcox (1)
David S. Maxwell (12)
David Wise (1)
Dennis P. Chapman (1)
Diane Maye (1)
Doctrine Man (1)
DoD News (2)
Don Gomez (1)
Don Gomez (1)
Donald "Ray" Greene (1)
Douglas Macgregor (1)
Dr. Jack (5)
Ed Judd (1)
Ehsan Ahrari (1)
EJ Hogendoorn (1)
Eric Walters (3)
Erich Simmers (1)
Fahad Malaikah (1)
Frank Hoffman (15)
Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney (1)
Gabriel Lajeunesse (1)
Garrett Wood (3)
Gary Anderson (14)
Gary K. Busch (1)
GEN Robert W. Cone (1)
Gene C. Kamena (1)
Geoffrey Demarest (4)
George Fust (1)
Gian Gentile (5)
Greg Kleponis (1)
Hamid Lellou (1)
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Inge Fryklund (1)
J. Michael Barrett (1)
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Jamsheed K. Choksy (1)
Janine Davidson (4)
Jason B. Nicholson (1)
Jason Howk (1)
Jeanne McDonnell (1)
Jeff Collins (2)
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Jeong Lee (1)
Jeremiah Foxwell (1)
Jerry Meyerle (1)
Jill S. Russell (3)
Jim Guirard (10)
Joan Johnson-Freese (2)
John A. Bertetto (1)
John A. Nagl (17)
John C. Hale (1)
John Oliver Jr. (1)
John P. Sullivan (16)
Johnny Lairsey (1)
Johnny Lairsey (1)
Jonathan Morgenstein (1)
Joseph J. Collins (1)
Joseph Trevithick (1)
Josh Manchester (3)
Joshua S. Jones (1)
JR Hand (1)
Karen J. Dill (1)
Keith Nightingale (9)
Ken White (1)
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Mike Few (63)
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Parameters (1)
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Roy F. Houchin II (1)
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U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (1)
Voice of America (10)
William Anderson (1)
William McCallister (8)
Youssef Aboul-Enein (23)

Author Bios

John A. Nagl

John A Nagl is the ninth Headmaster of The Haverford School.  A retired Army officer with service in both Iraq wars, he helped write the 2006 edition of FM 3-24 and is the author of the forthcoming book Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice.


John C. Hale

LTC John C. Hale, US Army, is a native Texan and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, at Battalion through Joint Task Force Level. He is a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), where he earned his Master’s Degree. He currently the Chief of Future Operations, USARNORTH.

John Oliver Jr.

John Oliver Jr. has served in Armor, Cavalry, and Recruiting formations and is currently working on issues of character and the Army Ethic.

John P. Sullivan

John P. Sullivan is a career police officer. He currently serves as a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Vortex Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia; a senior research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST); and a senior fellow at Small Wars Journal-El Centro. He is co-editor of Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network (Routledge, 2006) and Global Biosecurity: Threats and Responses (Routledge, 2010) and co-author of Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (iUniverse, 2011) and Studies in Gangs and Cartels (Routledge, 2013). He completed the CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government form the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research, and a PhD, doctorate in Information and Knowledge Society, from the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) in Barcelona. His doctoral thesis was ‘Mexico’s Drug War: Cartels, Gangs, Sovereignty and the Network State.” His current research focus is the impact of transnational organized crime on sovereignty in Mexico and other countries.

Johnny Lairsey

Mr. Johnny Lairsey is DA Civilian serving as a Plans Specialist at US Army North, the Army Service Component Command to US Northern Command. US Army North missions include Homeland Defense, Theater Security Cooperation and Defense Support to Civil Authorities. Johnny is a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies and he has over five years of experience as a plans specialist in an operational headquarters and has extensive experience working with other US Government agencies. The views expressed in this report are those of the Author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Johnny Lairsey


Mr. Johnny Lairsey is DA Civilian serving as a Plans Specialist at US Army North, the Army Service Component Command to US Northern Command. He has over five years of experience as a plans specialist in an operational headquarters and has extensive experience working with other US Government agencies. The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Joseph J. Collins

Joseph J. Collins --- a retired Army Colonel and a former Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense--- is the Director of the Center for Complex Operations, at the National Defense University (NDU).  He and his colleagues are currently studying the strategic lessons of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The opinions his articles and essays are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of his colleagues, NDU, the Department of Defense, or any other government agency.


Joseph Trevithick

Joseph Trevithick is a research associate for and also works as a historical consultant and freelance writer. He has written works dealing with military history and policy and has been interviewed on defense and security issues on television and in print.  He is currently working on a project dealing with the history of the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle.

Joshua S. Jones

Josh Jones is with the National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations.  The views expressed herein are those only of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

JR Hand

Capt Jewel Hand served as a Platoon Commander and Executive Officer for 1st Tank Battalion in Twentynine Palms, Ca before becoming the 1st Marine Division (Fwd) Information Operations Officer.  He served in this billet from October, 2009 until March, 2011; most of which was spent in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Karen J. Dill

LTC Karen J. Dill is the Operations Officer for the Chicago based Defense Coordinating Element V which participated in VR 13 and deployed in the Hurricane Isaac response.  She previously deployed to provide DSCA support for Hurricane Irene in New Jersey, UN General Assembly 66 in New York, and the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.

Keith Nightingale

COL Nightingale is a retired Army Colonel who served two tours in Vietnam with Airborne and Ranger (American and Vietnamese) units. He commanded airborne battalions in both the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division. He later commanded both the 1/75th Rangers and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade.

Ken White

Ken White is former Recon Marine and retired Army Infantry NonCommisioned Officer with significant combat experience in echelons at the point of reality. He is also a retired Army Civilian employee with some experience at echelons above that point. In spite of the latter, he has retained an interest in the practice and study of national security and defense issues. Both his infantry background and his current interest in finding a better Bourbon are evidenced in the vacant look here depicted.