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.

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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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Authors List

Christopher Johnston (1)
George Fust (1)
Robert Sharp (1)
Fahad Malaikah (1)
Scott Forster (15)
Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney (1)
Nayef Al-Rodhan (1)
Stan Wiechnik (2)
Joe Byerly (11)
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 (1)
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)
LtGen Robert B. Neller (1)
Kevin Brown (1)
John A. Bertetto (1)
Keith Nightingale (4)
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 (3)
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 (1)
Adam Jungdahl (1)
David Kuhn (1)
Adam Geibel (2)
Stan Coerr (1)
Douglas Macgregor (1)
GEN Robert W. Cone (1)
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)
Ali Hayat (1)
Sven Ortmann (1)
Dave Duffy (1)
Michael Martinez (1)
Bob Weimann (1)
Robert Tollast (1)
Donald "Ray" Greene (1)
Ryan T. Kranc (1)
Robert C. Jones (2)
Adam Elkus (5)
Tristan Hoffmann (1)
Jason Howk (1)
Philipp Reichert (1)
James Moran (1)
Daniel R. DePetris (2)
Sid Heal (1)
Paul Olsen (2)
Doctrine Man (1)
Roy F. Houchin II (1)
Gene C. Kamena (1)
Barry M. Stentiford (1)
Philip Ulrich (1)
David Kuhn (5)
Brandt Smith (1)
Ed Judd (1)
David Abel (1)
Peter Van Buren (1)
Matthew Irvine (1)
Alejandro M. Sueldo (3)
Matthew Partridge (1)
Don Gomez (1)
Teun van Dongen (2)
Nic Jenzen-Jones (2)
Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong (2)
Erich Simmers (1)
Michael Murray (2)
Robert Farley (1)
Patrick McKinney (1)
Avinash Paliwal (1)
Morgan Smiley (4)
Garrett Wood (3)
Brock Dahl (1)
Nathan Springer (1)
Ryan Kennedy (1)
Andrew Shaver (2)
JR Hand (1)
EJ Hogendoorn (1)
Diane Maye (1)
Michael Yon (4)
David S. Maxwell (11)
Gian Gentile (5)
Robert Bunker (99)
Bill Caldwell (10)
Gary Anderson (6)
Youssef Aboul-Enein (23)
Crispin Burke (24)
Dr. Jack (5)
Mike Few (63)
SWJ Editors (4107)
Robert Haddick (342)
Bing West (22)
Robert Bateman (13)
Bill Nagle (4)
Octavian Manea (3)
Jonathan Morgenstein (1)
Niel Smith (9)
Marc Tyrrell (7)
Martin Dempsey (9)
Dave Kilcullen (15)
Janine Davidson (4)
John Nagl (17)
Ken White (2)
Frank Hoffman (15)
Paul Yingling (5)
TX Hammes (1)
Eric Walters (3)
Bob Killebrew (2)
Huba Wass de Czege (2)
John P. Sullivan (10)
Rob Thornton (2)
Jim Guirard (10)
Malcolm Nance (7)
Pete Mansoor (1)
William McCallister (8)
Dave Dilegge (1070)
Josh Manchester (3)
Ken White (1)
Bruce Gudmundsson (2)

Author Bios

Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston is a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He served with the Australian Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

George Fust

Captain George Fust is an active duty Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He currently serves as a Battalion Intelligence Officer in an Airborne Infantry Brigade. The opinions in this article are his own and do not reflect those of the U.S. Army or any other organization.

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.

Robert Sharp

Robert Sharp is an Associate Professor 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.

Scott Forster

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.

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.

Nayef Al-Rodhan

Nayef Al-Rodhan is a Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geostrategist. He is a Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Geopolitics of Globalization and Transnational Security at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland. Author of: Neo-statecraft and Meta-geopolitics. Reconciliation of Power, Interests and Justice in the 21st Century (Berlin: LIT, 2009). Twitter: @SustainHistory

Stan Wiechnik

Lieutenant Colonel Stan Wiechnik enlisted in the Army in 1982 and received his commission in 1993. He has served in the Military Police Corp, Air Defense Artillery, and the Engineers. He deployed to Afghanistan as a company commander and Iraq as a battalion executive officer. He is a graduate of CGSC, Indiana University, and Vermont Law School. Currently, he serves in the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Joe Byerly

Joe Byerly has served as a Cavalry platoon leader in a Stryker Brigade Combat Team and a Troop and Headquarters Company Commander in an Armored Brigade Combat Team.  He also served as an instructor at the School of Reconnaissance and Security. He is currently a student at the U.S. Naval War College. He was a 2011 recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

Stephen Hindes

Stephen Hindes is a graduate of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, with a Double Masters of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-terrorism and International Security Studies.

Kevin Benson

Kevin Benson, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, is currently a seminar leader at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, an M.S. from The Catholic University of America, an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.  During his career, COL Benson served with the 5th Infantry Division, the 1st Armored Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, XVIII Airborne Corps and Third U.S. Army. He also served as the Director, School of Advanced Military Studies. These are his own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army or Department of Defense.
 

Mike Grater

Major Mike Grater, US Army, is a Sub-Saharan Africa Foreign Area Officer stationed at FT Polk Louisiana as a Brigade Team Leader South/Central Africa with proficiency in French and German. This is his first assignment as a FAO. He has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Oregon State University and a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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.

Mark Ulrich

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ulrich is an active duty Special Forces Officer currently working at the Army’s Irregular Warfare Center at Ft Leavenworth, KS.

Ranjit Singh

Ranjit Singh is Associate Professor in the department of political science and international relations at the University of Mary Washington. A frequent commentator on Middle East politics, he recently published an article about the royal family of Bahrain in The Islamic Monthly magazine.