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

World Politics Review (1)
The Institute for Security Studies (1)
Skip Shelton (1)
War is Boring (1)
The Globalist (1)
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (1)
American Security Project (1)
The Foreign Service Journal (1)
Newsweek (2)
Joseph Hammond (1)
The American Conservative (1)
InSight Crime (1)
Hy Rothstein (1)
Over the Horizon (1)
Abigail Watson (1)
BuzzFeed (1)
The Weather Channel (1)
Evan Salbego (1)
The Aviationist (1)
James Robert “Rob” DuBois (1)
Katie Durham (1)
The Independent Journal Review (1)
United Press International (3)
Federal Times (1)
Al-Monitor (2)
Ehsan M. Ahrari (3)
The European Journal of International Security (1)
Real Clear World (1)
LanguaCulture (1)
ABC News (2)
Fifth Domain (1)
Divergent Options (1)
Army Times (5)
The Intercept (1)
Marcel Plichta (1)
The Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation (1)
Mother Jones (1)
Joseph Tereniak (1)
The Tampa Bay Times (3)
The Washington Free Beacon (1)
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (1)
National Security Archive (1)
Federal News Radio (2)
Center for Naval Analyses (1)
Smithsonian Magazine (1)
Adam Twardowski (2)
Rachel Rizzo (1)
Think Broader (1)
Gabriel White (1)
Allen M. Coones (1)
Asia Times (1)
Institute for Strategic, Political, Security and Economic Consultancy (1)
Robert Cohen (1)
Army Press (2)
National Center for Policy Analysis (1)
Lauren Fish (1)
The Cipher Brief (7)
The Philippine Star (1)
Alex Quade (1)
Proceedings (1)
Military Review (4)
John Mosbey (1)
Nicole Heydari (1)
Grounded Curiosity (1)
The Strategist (1)
Mark Gilchrist (1)
Army News Service (4)
William Rothrock (1)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (13)
Korea Economic Institute’s The Peninsula (1)
Central Intelligence Agency (1)
We Are The Mighty (1)
Matt Yiengst (1)
Joe M. Schotzko (1)
Matthew C. Payne (1)
The History Reader (1)
ICSR (1)
James Sheehan (2)
The Daily Signal (1)
Christopher Kelly (2)
Ozer Khalid (1)
Infinity Journal (2)
Andy Forney (1)
Australian Army Research Papers (1)
Open Society Foundations (1)
Oxford University Press (2)
The Ada News (1)
Lexington Institute (2)
Molly Molloy (1)
Fox News (2)
Robert Murphy (1)
The Dallas Morning News (1)
Alex Finley (1)
Eurasia Review (1)
The Heritage Foundation (2) (1)
The United States Institute of Peace (5)
The Soufan Group (2)
Tiago Ferreira Lopes (1)
Miguel Nunes Silva (1)
The New Yorker (5)
Forbes (3)
Shwan Kanan (1)
Jonathan Dworkin (1)
Lawfare (4)
CNN News (10)
Parag Khanna (1)
Defense News (13)
Dan Johanknecht (1)
Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy (1)
The Daily Mail (1)
Elad Popovich (2)
Center for International Maritime Security (1)
The Military Leader (1)
Masoud Kazemzadeh (2)
Zenpundit (1)
Alex Calvo (1)
Yale Global (1)
Ruben Velez (1)
Defence-in-Depth (1)
Africa Center for Strategic Studies (1)
Henri Boré (1)
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (1)
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (1)
Tribune News Service (1)
The Australian (2)
Radio Canada International (1)
William Herbert (1)
The Boston Globe (4)
NATO Strategic Communications (1)
Vocativ (1)
G. Murphy Donovan (3)
Marine Corps Gazette (2)
Foreign Affairs (2)
Colin Griffin (1)
The Interpreter (3)
Minneapolis Star Tribune‎ (1)
Real Clear Defense (8)
George Washington University's Program on Extremism (1)
The Modern War Institute (25)
Institute for the Study of War (3)
RAND Corporation (21)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (6)
National Defense (3)
Georgetown University Center for Security Studies (8)
Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (1)
U.S. News & World Report (5)
The Week (2)
The Los Angeles Times (5)
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (4)
US Department of State (2)
Marine Corps Times (5)
Vox (1)
Chaveso Cook (1)
Pamela Ligouri Bunker (1)
Voice of America (232)
The Washington Institute (2)
The British Broadcasting Corporation (15)
National Review (2)
Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (14)
The Washington Times (5)
CTC Sentinel (2)
Center for American Progress (1)
Chris Townsend (2)
Breaking Defense (7)
Defense One (14)
R.C. Porter (1)
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (2)
Time Magazine (4)
The Tampa Tribune (2)
Gus Gusentine (1)
Institute for Economics and Peace (1)
Paul Kamolnick (1)
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (8)
The Foreign Policy Initiative (3)
Kevin L. Parker (1)
Bloomberg News (6)
The U.S. Naval Institute (3)
Rex Brynen (1)
Georgetown Security Studies Review (8)
McClatchy (1)
Project Gray (1)
Belmont Club (1)
Shawn Snow (2)
The Brookings Institution (3)
The Atlantic Council (3)
The Jamestown Foundation (2)
The NATO Multimedia Library (1)
The Joint Special Operations University Library (2)
Taylor & Francis Group: Small Wars & Insurgencies (1)
The Diplomat (1)
Task & Purpose (3)
The Strategic Studies Institute (11)
National Public Radio (11)
The Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (1)
The Council on Foreign Relations (3)
The Hoover Institution (4)
The Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (3)
USNI News (5)
Al-Ahram Weekly (1)
The Angry Staff Officer (1)
John Q. Public (1)
Military Times (24)
London School of Economics & Political Science (1)
The Hill (7)
Center for Complex Operations (1)
The National Interest (22)
The Bridge (1)
C-SPAN (1)
Army Magazine (1)
Slate (1)
American Enterprise Institute (3)
War on the Rocks (13)
Kings of War (1)
The Christian Science Monitor (20)
Foreign Policy (21)
Agence France-Presse (8)
The Guardian (3)
Reuters (34)
USA Today (15)
The Wall Street Journal (111)
Military Officers Association of America (1)
Stars & Stripes (24)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1)
Parameters (6)
Center for Strategic & International Studies (18)
The Center for a New American Security (18)
The Daily Beast (13)
The American Interest (1)
Associated Press (24)
Politico (5)
The Atlantic (11)
The San Diego Union-Tribune (3)
Congressional Research Service (2)
Best Defense (3)
The New York Times (135)
Association of the United States Army (4)
The Washington Post (203)
DoD News (36)
National Defense University Press (7)
Greg Kleponis (1)
Christopher D. Kolenda (1)
A.C. Hall (1)
Matthew Saintsing (1)
Nilanthan Niruthan (1)
Joseph J. Collins (1)
Ehsan Ahrari (2)
Byron Ramirez (1)
Paul Avallone (1)
Richard Lee-Smith (1)
Jade Wu (2)
John Oliver Jr. (1)
Jeanne McDonnell (1)
Daniel Rice (1)
Jeong Lee (1)
Hamid Lellou (1)
Michael McBride (1)
James “Jamie” E. Hayes III (1)
Dennis P. Chapman (1)
Jeff Collins (2)
Scott Kesterson (1)
Geoffrey Demarest (4)
Christopher Jenks (1)
Butch Bracknell and Adam Tharp (1)
Christopher Johnston (1)
George Fust (1)
Fahad Malaikah (1)
Robert Sharp (1)
Scott Forster (27)
Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney (1)
Nayef Al-Rodhan (1)
Stan Wiechnik (3)
Joe Byerly (22)
Stephen Hindes (1)
Kevin Benson (1)
Mike Grater (1)
John C. Hale (1)
Mark Ulrich (1)
Ranjit Singh (1)
Jacob Westerberg (1)
Jeremiah Foxwell (1)
Darrell Fawley (1)
Roxanne E. Bras (1)
Khirin A. Bunker (1)
The DEF2013 Board (1)
Jill S. Russell (3)
Mark Phillips (1)
Johnny Lairsey (1)
Arnold Hammari (2)
TJ Waters (1)
Robert Almonte (1)
Carol E. B. Choksy (1)
Jamsheed K. Choksy (1)
Jerry Meyerle (1)
LtGen Robert B. Neller (2)
Jason B. Nicholson (1)
Joseph Trevithick (1)
Brian Woolworth (1)
General Robert B. Neller (1)
Kevin Brown (1)
John A. Bertetto (1)
Keith Nightingale (59)
Karen J. Dill (1)
R. Chandler Swallow (1)
Stephen Tucker (1)
Audrey Kurth Cronin (1)
Nathan P. Jones (3)
Joshua S. Jones (1)
J. Michael Barrett (1)
MG Jeff W. Mathis III (1)
Somdeep Sen and Salem B.S. Dandan (1)
David C. Eckley (1)
David L. Wilcox (1)
Matthew Hipple (2)
Butch Bracknell (4)
Charles G. Kels (2)
Johnny Lairsey (1)
Inge Fryklund (1)
Sterling Jensen (1)
Robert Sharp (2)
Gabriel Lajeunesse (1)
Jeffrey Payne and Chris Chapman (1)
Don Gomez (1)
Paul Rexton Kan (1)
Matthew Schweitzer (1)
A.A. Cohen (1)
Joan Johnson-Freese (2)
Adam Jungdahl (1)
David Kuhn (1)
Adam Geibel (2)
Stan Coerr (1)
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Michael Christman (1)
Anonymous Fighter Pilot (1)
Gary K. Busch (1)
Charles A. Flynn (1)
Chris Davis (1)
David Wise (1)
Pascale Combelles Siegel (1)
Dan Cox (1)
Paul Smyth (1)
Michael L. Burgoyne (1)
Peter J. Munson (97)
William Anderson (1)
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Sven Ortmann (1)
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Bob Weimann (1)
Robert Tollast (1)
Donald "Ray" Greene (1)
Ryan T. Kranc (1)
Robert C. Jones (2)
Adam Elkus (5)
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James Moran (1)
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Doctrine Man (1)
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David Kuhn (5)
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Matthew Partridge (1)
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Teun van Dongen (2)
Nic Jenzen-Jones (2)
Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong (2)
Erich Simmers (1)
Michael Murray (2)
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Morgan Smiley (9)
Garrett Wood (3)
Brock Dahl (1)
Nathan Springer (1)
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Andrew Shaver (2)
JR Hand (1)
EJ Hogendoorn (1)
Diane Maye (1)
Michael Yon (4)
David S. Maxwell (14)
Gian Gentile (5)
Robert Bunker (131)
Bill Caldwell (10)
Gary Anderson (31)
Youssef Aboul-Enein (23)
Crispin Burke (27)
Dr. Jack (5)
Mike Few (63)
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Dave Kilcullen (15)
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Huba Wass de Czege (2)
John P. Sullivan (18)
Rob Thornton (2)
Jim Guirard (10)
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Author Bios

World Politics Review

World Politics Review provides uncompromising analysis of critical global trends to give policymakers, analysts, academics and readers with a deep interest in international affairs the context they need to have the confidence they seek in their decision-making. WPR keeps readers a step ahead of significant developments and trends around the world, helping them make sense of it all.

Written by a network of leading experts and on-the-ground influencers, WPR's original daily and in-depth analysis gives you access to comprehensive and detailed perspectives that are as valuable as they are rare. At the same time, the WPR News Wire, our daily editor-curated news aggregation service, will ensure you don't miss important breaking stories.

The Institute for Security Studies

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) partners to build knowledge and skills that secure Africa’s future. Our goal is to enhance human security as a means to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity. The ISS is an African non-profit organisation with offices in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal. Our work covers transnational crimes, migration, maritime security and development, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, crime prevention and criminal justice, and the analysis of conflict and governance. Using our networks and influence, we provide timely and credible analysis, practical training and technical assistance to governments and civil society. This promotes better policy and practice, because senior officials can make informed decisions about how to deal with Africa’s human security challenges.

Skip Shelton

Skip Shelton has served as an American diplomat, USAID official, and intergovernmental organization employee. He has worked almost exclusively in conflict zones in the fields of stabilization, security sector reform, and economic revitalization  for the past 13 years and can be reached at skip.shelton@lerenaissanceman com or

War is Boring

War is Boring is a national security blog run by David Axe that covers everything “from drones to AKs, high technology to low politics”. Beginning in 2007, Axe began writing a web comic called War is Boring. The comic chronicled Axe’s often darkly humorous observations of the places and conflicts he covered. The web comic was later adapted into a graphic novel that expanded these stories into a larger narrative. The name “War is Boring” was intended to be somewhat ironic, but also an observation that much of warfare is about politics, paperwork and logistics more than it is about actual combat. Axe continued to use the name War is Boring for his personal blog, which became an expansion of the brand. As the website’s popularity grew, Axe began publishing posts and articles by other writers with an interest in war and national security. It eventually gained the attention of mainstream media sources.

The Globalist

The Globalist is “dedicated to exploring how the world really hangs together.” To that end, they offer readers daily features that cover the most important developments shaping the global economy, politics and culture. The Globalist often uses cross-country comparisons to zoom in on what unites and divides countries, societies, economies and cultures.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's national public broadcaster, owned and funded by the government. The ABC plays a leading role in the history of broadcasting in Australia. With a total annual budget of A$1.22 billion, the corporation provides television, radio, online and mobile services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia, as well as overseas through the Australia Network and Radio Australia. The ABC is sometimes informally referred to as "Aunty", originally in imitation of the British Broadcasting Corporation's nickname.

American Security Project

The American Security Project (ASP) is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2007, ASP’s stated goals include fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st-century challenges. ASP researches and publishes a variety of topics framed as issues vital to the national security debate, including on American competitiveness, energy and climate, terrorism, nuclear security, and national security strategy.

The Foreign Service Journal

The Foreign Service Journal is the most visible outreach tool of the American Foreign Service Association as well as its flagship magazine. With a circulation of 18,000, the FSJ not only goes to every member of AFSA but also to a large group of outside audiences – including all foreign embassies and key offices on Capitol Hill. With ten issues a year, the FSJ is AFSAs' best way of putting the amazing work of the Foreign Service in front of those who most need to know about it.


Newsweek is an American weekly news magazine founded in 1933. It was published in four English language editions and 12 global editions written in the language of the circulation region. Between 2008 and 2012, Newsweek underwent internal and external contractions designed to shift the magazine's focus and audience while improving its finances. Instead, losses accelerated: revenue dropped 38 percent from 2007 to 2009. The revenue declines prompted an August 2010 sale by owner The Washington Post Company to audio pioneer Sidney Harman—for a purchase price of one dollar and an assumption of the magazine's liabilities.  In November 2010, Newsweek merged with the news and opinion website The Daily Beast, forming The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, after negotiations between the owners of the two publications.

Joseph Hammond

Joseph Hammond is a senior reporter with the American Media Institute. A former Cairo correspondent for Radio Free Europe during the 2011 Arab uprisings, he has also reported from four continents on issues ranging from stability in Somalia to the M23 rebellion in the Eastern Congo. As a consultant, Mr. Hammond has worked for the Oxford Business Group, Global Integrity, and other organizations. He has also worked as a consultant on international aid projects related to conflict issues. Hammond’s work has been published by The Economist, Forbes, U.S News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, The Diplomat, Naval War College Review, Africa Defense Review, and other publications He was a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy fellow with the government of Malawi and is a former Penn Kemble Forum Fellow with the National Endowment of Democracy. He tweets @TheJosephH

The American Conservative

The American Conservative is published by the American Ideas Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization that presents a measured, pertinent, principled conservatism for our time. They believe in constitutional government, fiscal prudence, sound monetary policy, clearly delineated borders, protection of civil liberties, authentically free markets, and restraint in foreign policy mixed with diplomatic acuity. The American Conservative adheres closely to its institutional maxim: ideas over ideology; principles over party.

InSight Crime

InSight Crime is a foundation dedicated to the study of the principal threat to national and citizen security in the Americas: organized crime. InSight Crime seeks to deepen and inform the debate about organized crime in the region by providing the general public with regular reporting, analysis and investigation on the subject and on state efforts to combat it.

Hy Rothstein

Hy Rothstein is on the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He has written and edited books and articles on special warfare and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and is a retired Army Special Forces colonel. The views here are his own.

Over the Horizon

Over the Horizon - As many have recognized, our world has changed and continues to do so in ways that meaningfully impact national security and the business of those who uphold it. Rapid technological development and diffusion of power have created an environment that old paradigms have difficulty grasping. The aim of Over the Horizon is two fold: First, to help define the components, interconnections, and contours of this emerging system and its order. Second, to examine the organizational, operational, and policy implications for the those involved in national defense. OTH is a space to consider defining questions such as “what comes after the Joint and Interagency constructs?” or “what does an effective multi-domain operation look like?” The speed of change means the horizon is closer than we may think. As in the past, success requires we keep a strategic eye just on the other side to make sure we’re prepared for that future when it arrives.

Abigail Watson

Abigail Watson is a research officer at the Remote Control Project, a UK-based policy unit analysing the rise of remote warfare in the West’s counterterrorism strategy. Abigail is also a freelance writer at Future Foreign Policy, writing on issues such as the new challenges to international humanitarian law and Britain’s foreign, security and defence policy. Abigail holds an MA (with Distinction) in Contemporary European Studies, with a trans-Atlantic track, from the University of Bath and a BA in Politics from the University of York.