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.


Authors List

SWJ Editors (4913)
Dave Dilegge (1080)
Robert Haddick (342)
Voice of America (219)
The Washington Post (174)
Robert Bunker (129)
The New York Times (126)
The Wall Street Journal (97)
Peter J. Munson (97)
Mike Few (63)
Keith Nightingale (58)
DoD News (35)
Gary Anderson (31)
Reuters (31)
Scott Forster (27)
Crispin Burke (27)
Bing West (24)
Stars & Stripes (24)
The Modern War Institute (24)
Youssef Aboul-Enein (23)
Associated Press (22)
Joe Byerly (22)
Foreign Policy (21)
Military Times (20)
The Christian Science Monitor (20)
John P. Sullivan (18)
The Center for a New American Security (18)
RAND Corporation (18)
John A. Nagl (17)
Center for Strategic & International Studies (16)
Frank Hoffman (15)
Dave Kilcullen (15)
The National Interest (14)
David S. Maxwell (14)
The Daily Beast (13)
Robert Bateman (13)
The British Broadcasting Corporation (13)
USA Today (13)
Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (12)
War on the Rocks (11)
National Public Radio (11)
The Strategic Studies Institute (11)
Defense News (11)
Jim Guirard (10)
Bill Caldwell (10)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (10)
Defense One (9)
Morgan Smiley (9)
Martin Dempsey (9)
The Atlantic (9)
Niel Smith (9)
Georgetown Security Studies Review (8)
Marc Tyrrell (8)
Georgetown University Center for Security Studies (8)
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (8)
William McCallister (8)
CNN News (8)
Breaking Defense (7)
National Defense University Press (7)
Malcolm Nance (7)
Agence France-Presse (7)
Bloomberg News (6)
Parameters (6)
The Cipher Brief (6)
Adam Elkus (5)
The New Yorker (5)
David Kuhn (5)
The United States Institute of Peace (5)
The Washington Times (5)
Dr. Jack (5)
The Hill (5)
Paul Yingling (5)
Gian Gentile (5)
USNI News (5)
Marine Corps Times (5)
Politico (5)
The Hoover Institution (4)
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (4)
Army News Service (4)
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Army Times (4)
Bill Nagle (4)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (4)
Janine Davidson (4)
Association of the United States Army (4)
Butch Bracknell (4)
Lawfare (4)
Time Magazine (4)
Geoffrey Demarest (4)
Michael Yon (4)
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Forbes (3)
Josh Manchester (3)
The Council on Foreign Relations (3)
Garrett Wood (3)
American Enterprise Institute (3)
Nathan P. Jones (3)
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Stan Wiechnik (3)
Task & Purpose (3)
Octavian Manea (3)
The Foreign Policy Initiative (3)
National Defense (3)
Jill S. Russell (3)
Paul Olsen (3)
Institute for the Study of War (3)
Ehsan M. Ahrari (3)
Best Defense (3)
G. Murphy Donovan (3)
The Guardian (3)
The Brookings Institution (3)
Eric Walters (3)
The San Diego Union-Tribune (3)
Real Clear Defense (3)
United Press International (3)
Alejandro M. Sueldo (3)
The Interpreter (3)
Huba Wass de Czege (2)
Jeff Collins (2)
Marine Corps Gazette (2)
Chris Townsend (2)
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Foreign Affairs (2)
Masoud Kazemzadeh (2)
Rob Thornton (2)
The Week (2)
Robert C. Jones (2)
The Soufan Group (2)
Infinity Journal (2)
Arnold Hammari (2)
CTC Sentinel (2)
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Elad Popovich (2)
Christopher Kelly (2)
Adam Twardowski (2)
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Robert Sharp (2)
Michael Murray (2)
National Review (2)
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James Sheehan (2)
Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong (2)
Jade Wu (2)
The Washington Institute (2)
Charles G. Kels (2)
Ken White (2)
Nic Jenzen-Jones (2)
Federal News Radio (2)
The Jamestown Foundation (2)
Adam Geibel (2)
Bruce Gudmundsson (2)
Teun van Dongen (2)
Daniel R. DePetris (2)
The Atlantic Council (2)
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Matthew Hipple (2)
Shawn Snow (2)
Lexington Institute (2)
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (2)
Bob Killebrew (2)
Andrew Shaver (2)
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Ehsan Ahrari (2)
Joan Johnson-Freese (2)
Army Press (2)
LtGen Robert B. Neller (2)
John C. Hale (1)
Tristan Hoffmann (1)
Katie Durham (1)
Project Gray (1)
Scott Kesterson (1)
Pascale Combelles Siegel (1)
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Joseph J. Collins (1)
A.A. Cohen (1)
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MG Jeff W. Mathis III (1)
Nathan Springer (1)
Robert Cohen (1)
Colin Griffin (1)
Kings of War (1)
Jerry Meyerle (1)
Peter Van Buren (1)
Mother Jones (1)
Yale Global (1)
Mike Grater (1)
James Robert “Rob” DuBois (1)
McClatchy (1)
Robert Almonte (1)
Diane Maye (1)
Open Society Foundations (1)
Nilanthan Niruthan (1)
Matthew Schweitzer (1)
William Rothrock (1)
The American Interest (1)
J. Michael Barrett (1)
Brock Dahl (1)
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Carol E. B. Choksy (1)
David Abel (1)
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Stephen Hindes (1)
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Miguel Nunes Silva (1)
Rex Brynen (1)
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Charles A. Flynn (1)
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Ryan T. Kranc (1)
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Hamid Lellou (1)
Gary K. Busch (1)
Ozer Khalid (1)
Greg Kleponis (1)
Gabriel Lajeunesse (1)
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Stephen Tucker (1)
Patrick McKinney (1)
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Philip Ulrich (1)
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Nayef Al-Rodhan (1)
Robert Tollast (1)
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Kevin L. Parker (1)
Jeong Lee (1)
Anonymous Fighter Pilot (1)
Sterling Jensen (1)
Nicole Heydari (1)
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R. Chandler Swallow (1)
Robert Farley (1)
William Herbert (1)
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Mark Phillips (1)
Barry M. Stentiford (1)
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Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney (1)
Bob Weimann (1)
Over the Horizon (1)
Daniel Rice (1)
Michael Christman (1)
The Daily Signal (1)
Pete Mansoor (1)
John Mosbey (1)
Karen J. Dill (1)
Rachel Rizzo (1)
Radio Canada International (1)
Gene C. Kamena (1)
LanguaCulture (1)
Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy (1)
Taylor & Francis Group: Small Wars & Insurgencies (1)
Michael Martinez (1)
Hy Rothstein (1)
Eurasia Review (1)
Jeanne McDonnell (1)
GEN Robert W. Cone (1)
ICSR (1)
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Roy F. Houchin II (1)
Real Clear World (1)
Dan Johanknecht (1)
The Joint Special Operations University Library (1)
Fahad Malaikah (1)
Dave Duffy (1)
InSight Crime (1)
Alex Finley (1)
Paul Kamolnick (1)
John Oliver Jr. (1)
Douglas Macgregor (1)
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Ken White (1)
Proceedings (1)
John A. Bertetto (1)
Center for Naval Analyses (1)
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Khirin A. Bunker (1)
The European Journal of International Security (1)
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Robert Sharp (1)
Sven Ortmann (1)
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Stan Coerr (1)
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Alex Quade (1)
Kevin Brown (1)
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (1)
London School of Economics & Political Science (1)
Roxanne E. Bras (1)
Darrell Fawley (1)
Sid Heal (1)
Parag Khanna (1)
George Fust (1)
Ali Hayat (1)
Joseph Hammond (1)
Robert Murphy (1)
Gus Gusentine (1)
Richard Lee-Smith (1)
Joe M. Schotzko (1)
Pamela Ligouri Bunker (1)
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General Robert B. Neller (1)
National Security Archive (1)
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Jeremiah Foxwell (1)
Al-Monitor (1)
Christopher Johnston (1)
Newsweek (1)
Paul Avallone (1)
David Kuhn (1)
TX Hammes (1)
Matthew C. Payne (1)
David C. Eckley (1)
Jonathan Morgenstein (1)
George Washington University's Program on Extremism (1)
Brian Woolworth (1)
Don Gomez (1)
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Henri Boré (1)
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Jacob Westerberg (1)
James Moran (1)
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Michael L. Burgoyne (1)
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Molly Molloy (1)
Matt Yiengst (1)
Chaveso Cook (1)
JR Hand (1)
Lauren Fish (1)
Joseph Trevithick (1)
Matthew Partridge (1)
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The Angry Staff Officer (1)
Ranjit Singh (1)
Philipp Reichert (1)
Shwan Kanan (1)
Christopher Jenks (1)
Paul Smyth (1)
Byron Ramirez (1)
Adam Jungdahl (1)
We Are The Mighty (1)
Vox (1)
David L. Wilcox (1)
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Jason B. Nicholson (1)
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Mark Ulrich (1)
Jason Howk (1)
The Independent Journal Review (1)
Jonathan Dworkin (1)
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Dan Cox (1)
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R.C. Porter (1)
Central Intelligence Agency (1)
Somdeep Sen and Salem B.S. Dandan (1)
Ryan Kennedy (1)
Matthew Irvine (1)
Joseph Tereniak (1)
Ruben Velez (1)

Author Bios

SWJ Editors (4913)

Dave Dilegge (1080)

Dave Dilegge is a retired USMCR Intelligence and Counterintelligence / HUMINT officer. He is also a former USMC civilian intelligence analyst and worked several years in the private sector. He served with the 1st Marine Division during Operation Desert Storm. In 1999 he was the recipient of the National Military Intelligence Association’s Colonel Donald G. Cook Award for his work in supporting USMC and DoD urban operations analysis, wargaming and experimentation. He is currently a Director at the Small Wars Foundation and is Editor-in-Chief of Small Wars Journal. He is also a volunteer tutor at the Largo (FL) Public Library where he teaches English as a second language. His son David is an Infantry Sergeant currently serving in the Army's 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized).

Robert Haddick (342)

Robert Haddick is a contractor at U.S. Special Operations Command. From January 2009 to September 2012 he was Managing Editor of Small Wars Journal. During this time, he wrote the “This Week at War” column for Foreign Policy. Haddick was a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in the 3rd and 23rd Marine Regiments, and deployed to Asia and Africa. He has advised the State Department, the National Intelligence Council, and U.S. Central Command. In the private sector, Haddick was Director of Research at the Fremont Group, a large private investment firm and an affiliate of the Bechtel Corporation. He established the firm's global proprietary trading operation and was president of one of Fremont's overseas investment subsidiaries. In addition to Foreign Policy and Small Wars Journal, Haddick's writing has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Air & Space Power Journal, and other publications. He has appeared in many radio and television interviews. Contact Robert at

Voice of America (219)

Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government. VOA provides programming for broadcast on radio, TV, and the Internet outside of the U.S., in English and some foreign languages.

The Washington Post (174)

The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper. It is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., and was founded in 1877, making it the area's oldest extant newspaper.

Robert Bunker (129)

Dr. Robert J. Bunker is an Adjunct Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College and Adjunct Faculty, Division of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. He holds university degrees in political science, government, social science, anthropology-geography, behavioral science, and history and has undertaken hundreds of hours of counterterrorism training. Past professional associations include Distinguished Visiting Professor and Minerva Chair at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Futurist in Residence, Training and Development Division, Behavioral Science Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, Quantico, VA; Staff Member (Consultant), Counter-OPFOR Program, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-West; and Adjunct Faculty, National Security Studies M.A. Program and Political Science Department, California State University, San Bernardino, CA. Dr. Bunker has hundreds of publications including Studies in Gangs and Cartels, with John Sullivan (Routledge, 2013),  Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training, with Stephen Sloan (University of Oklahoma, 2011), and edited works, including Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies: Dark Renaissance (Routledge, 2014), co-edited with Pamela Ligouri Bunker; Criminal Insurgencies in Mexico and the Americas: The Gangs and Cartels Wage War (Routledge, 2012); Narcos Over the Border: Gangs, Cartels and Mercenaries (Routledge, 2011); Criminal-States and Criminal-Soldiers (Routledge, 2008); Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency (Routledge, 2005); and Non-State Threats and Future Wars (Routledge, 2002).

The New York Times (126)

The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company. It has won 117 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization.

The Wall Street Journal (97)

The Wall Street Journal is a business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City. The Journal is published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp, along with its Asian and European editions. The Wall Street Journal is the largest newspaper in the United States by circulation. According to the Alliance for Audited Media, the Journal had a circulation of about 2.4 million copies (including nearly 900,000 digital subscriptions), as of March 2013, compared with USA Today‍ '​s 1.7 million. The Wall Street Journal has won 39 Pulitzer Prizes through 2015 and derives its name from Wall Street in the heart of the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. The Journal has been printed continuously since its inception on July 8, 1889, by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.

Peter J. Munson (97)

Peter J. Munson is a Marine officer, author, and Middle East specialist.  He is the author of War, Welfare, and Democracy: Rethinking America's Quest for the End of History (Potomac, 2013) and Iraq in Transition: The Legacy of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy (Potomac, 2009) and .  A frequent contributor to multiple journals and blogs, including his own, he was also the Editor of the Small Wars Journal from January 2012 to June 2013.  You can follow his Twitter feed @peterjmunson and find his LinkedIn profile here.  He is leaving the Marine Corps in summer 2013.

Mike Few (63)

Michael Few is a retired military officer who served multiple combat tours to Iraq including the Thunder Runs and The Surge, and he currently serves as the editor of Small Wars Journal.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and studied small wars at the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA

Keith Nightingale (58)

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.

DoD News (35)

DoD News is a component of the Defense Media Activity (DMA). DMA provides a broad range of high quality multimedia products and services to inform, educate, and entertain Department of Defense audiences around the world.

Gary Anderson (31)

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.

Reuters (31)

Reuters is an international news agency headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, England, United Kingdom and a division of Thomson Reuters. Until 2008, the Reuters news agency formed part of an independent company, Reuters Group plc, which was also a provider of financial market data. Since the acquisition of Reuters Group by the Thomson Corporation in 2008, the Reuters news agency has been a part of Thomson Reuters, making up the media division. It transmits news in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Scott Forster (27)

COL (R) Scott Forster graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1979. After Basic Officer Training, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School, and Airborne School his first assignment was in Germany. There he served in the 636 Ordnance Company (EOD) and later as the commanding officer of 44th Ordnance Company. During night school in Germany he earned a Master of Business Administration from Boston University. Upon returning from Germany he completed the Officer Advance Course and was off to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned two Masters, one in Applied Mathematics and the other in Operation Research and Statistics to prepare for teaching Mathematics at USMA. After teaching at USMA he attended Command and General Staff College followed by a tour with USTRANSCOM. During Desert Shield/Desert Storm he deployed with USTRANSCOM and returned to Scott AFB to be selected to be an executive officer to the CINC. Leaving the family in Illinois, he spent an unaccompanied year in Japan as a battalion executive officer. Upon returning to the states the family was reunited and assigned to Ft Bragg where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He returned to Germany as the Commander of 191 Ordnance Battalion, deployed to Bosnia and later Africa, before being assigned to the Army War College (USAWC). There, he spent a year on the staff and faculty, a year as a student, and returned to the faculty. Unexpectedly, he was quickly reassigned to the Pentagon HQDA PEAD and was serving there on 9-11. He returned to USAWC as Director of Operations and Gaming Division and retired from active duty in 2006. He was immediately hired as a Department of the Army Civilian serving in the Operations Research Group of the Center for Strategic Leadership and currently serves within USAWC in the Office of the Assistant Commandant for Outreach and External Affairs.