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

Gus Gusentine (1)
Institute for Economics and Peace (1)
Paul Kamolnick (1)
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (1)
The Foreign Policy Initiative (1)
Kevin L. Parker (1)
Bloomberg News (1)
The U.S. Naval Institute (1)
Rex Brynen (1)
Georgetown Security Studies Review (1)
McClatchy (1)
Project Gray (1)
Belmont Club (1)
Shawn Snow (2)
The Brookings Institution (1)
The Atlantic Council (1)
The Jamestown Foundation (1)
The NATO Multimedia Library (1)
The Joint Special Operations University Library (1)
Taylor & Francis Group: Small Wars & Insurgencies (1)
The Diplomat (1)
Task & Purpose (1)
The Strategic Studies Institute (3)
National Public Radio (2)
The Institute for the Study of Culture and Language (1)
The Council on Foreign Relations (1)
The Hoover Institution (1)
The Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (2)
USNI News (1)
Al-Ahram Weekly (1)
The Angry Staff Officer (1)
John Q. Public (1)
Military Times (1)
London School of Economics & Political Science (1)
The Hill (1)
Center for Complex Operations (1)
The National Interest (1)
The Bridge (1)
C-SPAN (1)
Army Magazine (1)
Slate (1)
American Enterprise Institute (1)
War on the Rocks (3)
Kings of War (1)
Christian Science Monitor (2)
Foreign Policy (2)
Agence France-Presse (2)
The Guardian (1)
Reuters (4)
USA Today (2)
The Wall Street Journal (4)
Military Officers Association of America (1)
Stars & Stripes (2)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1)
Parameters (1)
Center for Strategic & International Studies (3)
The Center for a New American Security (3)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (1)
The Daily Beast (1)
The American Interest (1)
Associated Press (3)
Politico (1)
The Atlantic (2)
The San Diego Union-Tribune (1)
Congressional Research Service (1)
Best Defense (1)
The New York Times (8)
Voice of America (28)
Association of the United States Army (2)
The Washington Post (13)
DoD News (5)
National Defense University Press (2)
Greg Kleponis (1)
Christopher D. Kolenda (1)
A.C. Hall (1)
Matthew Saintsing (1)
Nilanthan Niruthan (1)
Joseph J. Collins (1)
Ehsan Ahrari (1)
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)
Robert Sharp (1)
Fahad Malaikah (1)
Scott Forster (27)
Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney (1)
Nayef Al-Rodhan (1)
Stan Wiechnik (2)
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)
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Kevin Brown (1)
John A. Bertetto (1)
Keith Nightingale (10)
Karen J. Dill (1)
R. Chandler Swallow (1)
Stephen Tucker (1)
Audrey Kurth Cronin (1)
Nathan P. Jones (3)
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MG Jeff W. Mathis III (1)
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David C. Eckley (1)
David L. Wilcox (1)
Matthew Hipple (2)
Butch Bracknell (4)
Charles G. Kels (2)
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Inge Fryklund (1)
Sterling Jensen (1)
Robert Sharp (2)
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Don Gomez (1)
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Matthew Schweitzer (1)
A.A. Cohen (1)
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Paul Olsen (2)
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Teun van Dongen (2)
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Michael Murray (2)
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Morgan Smiley (7)
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Andrew Shaver (2)
JR Hand (1)
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Diane Maye (1)
Michael Yon (4)
David S. Maxwell (13)
Gian Gentile (5)
Robert Bunker (121)
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Youssef Aboul-Enein (23)
Crispin Burke (27)
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Mike Few (63)
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Paul Yingling (5)
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Bob Killebrew (2)
Huba Wass de Czege (2)
John P. Sullivan (16)
Rob Thornton (2)
Jim Guirard (10)
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Author Bios

Gus Gusentine

Gus is a retired United States Navy Captain with 28 years of service. He was selected as one of ten senior officers to serve on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Strategic Studies Group before closing out his military career developing cyber resilience capabilities on the Joint Staff.  He lectures regularly on leadership, irregular warfare and strategy and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow with the Council of Independent Colleges. He serves on the Board of Directors for Elsie’s Hope, a non-profit corporation devoted to providing sustainable access to clean water and is a dedicated artist who enjoys painting in oil and watercolor.

Gus is currently researching freshwater scarcity worldwide and creating a new company, I2 Strategy and Development.

Institute for Economics and Peace

The Institute for Economics and Peace is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and to quantify its economic value. It does this by developing global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analyzing country level risk and understanding positive peace. The research is used extensively by governments, academic institutions, think tanks, non-governmental organizations and by intergovernmental institutions such as the OECD, The Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank and the United Nations. The Institute was recently ranked in the top 15 most impactful think tanks in the world on the Global Go To Think Tank Index.

Paul Kamolnick

Dr. Paul Kamolnick is is presently full professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, East Tennessee State University. He is the sole author of two books, co-editor of one, and has sole-authored several articles, review essays, and reviews for journals including Sociological Theory, Terrorism and Political Violence, Perspectives in Terrorism, and Small Wars Journal. Dr. Kamolnick teaches courses in social theory, sociology of religion, and the sociology of global terrorism. His present research interests foci include analyzing mechanisms of terrorist radicalization, deradicalition, and disengagement; and, the national security implications of newly-emergent post-autocratic Islamist-influenced Muslim-majority nation-states. Dr. Kamolnick holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities. Under the authority of Section 1229 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (P.L. 110-181), SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to: 1) promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and 2) detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. John F. Sopko was sworn in as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on July 2, 2012. SIGAR is headquartered in Arlington, VA; has an office in Kabul, Afghanistan; and has a field presence in multiple locations throughout Afghanistan.

The Foreign Policy Initiative

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is a non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code that promotes:
  • continued U.S. engagement--diplomatic, economic, and military—in the world and rejection of policies that would lead us down the path to isolationism;
  • robust support for America’s democratic allies and opposition to rogue regimes that threaten American interests;
  • the human rights of those oppressed by their governments, and U.S. leadership in working to spread political and economic freedom;
  • a strong military with the defense budget needed to ensure that America is ready to confront the threats of the 21st century;
  • international economic engagement as a key element of U.S. foreign policy in this time of great economic dislocation.

Kevin L. Parker

Lt. Col. Kevin L. Parker is a U.S. Air Force officer, a graduate of the USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and currently a student at the U.S. Army War College.  His most recent position was as a civil engineer squadron commander.  He has deployed to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kyrgyzstan and served overseas in Portugal, Germany, and the United Kingdom.  The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense or the United States Government.

Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News is an international news agency headquartered in New York and is a division of Bloomberg L.P. Content produced by Bloomberg News is disseminated through the Bloomberg terminal, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, and Bloomberg's mobile platforms.

The U.S. Naval Institute

The U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) provides an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense. Proceedings, the flagship magazine of the USNI, aims to stimulate, illuminate, provoke, and, when appropriate, entertain.

Rex Brynen

Rex Brynen is professor of political science at McGill University. He has also served as a member of the policy staff of Canadian foreign ministry, as an intelligence analyst, and as consultant to various governments, UN humanitarian agencies, and the World Bank.

Georgetown Security Studies Review

Georgetown Security Studies Review (GSSR) is the official academic review of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies. Our mission is to contribute to security policy debates by exposing both specialists and general interest readers to a wide array of perspectives on both current and historical international affairs issues. In addition to full-length peer-reviewed articles, issues of GSSR feature literature reviews, letters to the editors, and op-ed pieces.


The McClatchy Company is a publicly traded American publishing company based in Sacramento, California. It operates 30 daily newspapers in 15 states and has an average weekday circulation of 2.2 million and Sunday circulation of 2.8 million. In 2006, it purchased Knight Ridder, which at the time was the second-largest newspaper company in the United States. In addition to its daily newspapers, McClatchy also operates several websites and community papers.

Project Gray

Project Gray is a collaborative study of the Gray Zone - the space between war and peace - where competitive interactions that fall short of a formal state of war, and which are characterized by ambiguity and uncertainty about relevant policy and legal frameworks, are undertaken by state and non-state actors. Conventional military responses by the Department of Defense lie outside the spectrum of appropriate responses for Gray Zone challenges. To address these conflicts, we must evolve our organization, intellectual and institutional models to operate successfully in the Gray Zone. Through a series of events with academic, government and military partners and other interested parties, Project Gray will enable us to analyze regional and trans-national conflicts, find solutions and develop best practices to operate in the middle ground between war and peace.

Belmont Club

Richard Fernandez was an early joiner of PJ Media, and he is a longstanding PJ Columnist. Richard has been a software developer for nearly 15 years. Before that, he worked in forestry, assisted in the negotiations between Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines and the Cabinet, organized tribespeople in the Philippines and played a role in the anti-Marcos movement. On his PJM blog, titled Belmont Club, Richard provides a discussion of history and history in the making.

Shawn Snow

Shawn Snow is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy specializing in Central and Southwest Asia. He served 10 years as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and completed multiple tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan with Marine Special Operations Command.

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:
  • Strengthen American democracy;
  • Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and
  • Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.
Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.