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

 

Authors List

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 (2)
Joe Byerly (16)
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 (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 (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)
Gene C. Kamena (1)
Roy F. Houchin II (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 (110)
Bill Caldwell (10)
Gary Anderson (7)
Youssef Aboul-Enein (23)
Crispin Burke (24)
Dr. Jack (5)
Mike Few (63)
SWJ Editors (4370)
Robert Haddick (342)
Bing West (23)
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 A. 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 (14)
Rob Thornton (2)
Jim Guirard (10)
Malcolm Nance (7)
Pete Mansoor (1)
William McCallister (8)
Dave Dilegge (1071)
Josh Manchester (3)
Ken White (1)
Bruce Gudmundsson (2)

Author Bios

Jeong Lee

Jeong Lee is a freelance writer and an MA candidate in International Security Studies Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His writings on U.S. defense policy issues and inter-Korean affairs have appeared on various online publications including the Small Wars Journal.

Hamid Lellou

Hamid Lellou is a linguist and MENA Region Cultural Analyst.

Michael McBride

Michael McBride, a graduate of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, is a former Ranger and Army Infantry Officer who deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He currently works as a consultant for Department of Defense.  The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone.

James “Jamie” E. Hayes III

Colonel James “Jamie” E. Hayes III is an Army Special Forces officer currently assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Colonel Hayes has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines.  The views presented here are his own.

Dennis P. Chapman

Colonel Dennis P. Chapman commanded a U.S. Military Transition Team embedded within an all-Kurdish Iraqi Army Brigade based in Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region. He deployed with the brigade during their participation in the Baghdad Security Plan (at the time of the U.S. surge). Colonel Chapman completed a one-year military fellowship with Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where his principal research focus was the security services of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins is currently a PhD student in Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He holds a MA in Strategic Studies (Birmingham), a law degree (Aberdeen), and a BA in Political Science and History (Memorial). An experienced policy advisor and assistant, Jeff’s doctoral research is primarily focused on Canadian defence procurement policy and planning. In addition to his thesis work, Jeff also pursues research on issues related to international security, airpower, international law, and Israeli military studies. He resides in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Scott Kesterson

Scott Kesterson is CEO of Spatial Terra, LLC, a firm focused on strategies for pro-active risk mitigation, market entry and strategic positioning. Kesterson spent over 3.5 years in Afghanistan working at village level as a documentary filmmaker, and cultural advisor to various SOF elements.

Geoffrey Demarest

Geoffrey Demarest is a researcher in the US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  He holds a JD and a PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver.  He is a graduate of the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and of the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  Demarest's latest book is titled, Winning Insurgent War.

Christopher Jenks

Professor Christopher Jenks, Southern Methodist University, is an internationally respected expert on the law of armed conflict.  He is the co-author of a law of armed conflict textbook, co-editor of a forthcoming war crimes casebook, and served as a peer reviewer of the Talinn Manual on the international law applicable to cyber warfare.
 
He has published articles on drones, child soldiers, extraordinary rendition, law of war based detention, targeting and government contractors. He has also spoken on those same topics at universities and institutes in Australia, Italy, South Africa and the U.S., and with the militaries of the Republic of Yemen and several different European and African countries.  He recently served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on U.S. military security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
 
Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Professor Jenks served for over 20 years in the military. After graduating from West Point, Professor Jenks was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He served as a rifle platoon leader, executive officer and in battalion and brigade staff positions in the U.S., Europe, and in deployments to Kuwait and Bosnia.
 
Following graduation from law school, Professor Jenks transitioned to the U.S. Army JAG Corps and was assigned as the primary international and operational law advisor near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. During this assignment, he defended Status of Forces Agreement rights of American soldiers during South Korean interrogations and trials in high profile and politically sensitive criminal cases. Following graduation from law school, Professor Jenks transitioned to the U.S. Army JAG Corps and was assigned as the primary international and operational law advisor near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. During this assignment, he defended Status of Forces Agreement rights of American soldiers during South Korean interrogations and trials in high profile and politically sensitive criminal cases.
 
Following his return to the U.S. in 2003, Professor Jenks served as the lead prosecutor in the Army’s first counterterrorism case, a fully contested, classified court-martial of a soldier attempting to aid al qaeda. He coordinated the investigative efforts of 30 law enforcement agents from four separate federal agencies on three continents and the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism section nominated him for the John Marshall award for interagency cooperation.
 
In 2004, he deployed to Mosul, Iraq and served as chief legal advisor to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team comprised of over 4000 soldiers. There he provided targeting advice for the employment of artillery, close air support and direct fire weapons during enemy engagements in a city of two million people. He also advised investigations and served as prosecutor for crimes against the civilian population, detainee abuse, and fratricide. He also wrote and briefed rules of engagement crucial to the success of the first free elections in Iraq in more than three decades.

Butch Bracknell and Adam Tharp

Butch Bracknell and Adam Tharp are retired career Marine officers whose experience was garnered in aviation, ground combat, and combat service support units and naval expeditionary headquarters.

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.