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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.

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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.


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Author Bios

Christopher D. Kolenda

Christopher D. Kolenda is President and CEO of Kolenda Strategic Leadership (which consults for Central Asia Institute).  He commanded 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry (Airborne) in combat and served as Senior Advisor to the Department of Defense Senior Leadership and to three Commanders of International Forces (ISAF) over four tours in Afghanistan.  See his two books on applied leadership and strategy: Leadership: The Warrior’s Art and The Counterinsurgency Challenge.  Follow him @Chris_Kolenda.

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.

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.

Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), known as Congress's think tank, is a public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works primarily and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.

Crispin Burke

Major Crispin J. Burke is an Army Aviator who has served in a variety of assignments, including Iraq.  Follow him on Twitter at @CrispinBurke.

Dan Cox

Dan G. Cox is Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Dr. Cox has published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Peace Research, Parameters, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research and Congress and the Presidency.  Dr. Cox’s work has also appeared in journals such as Joint Force Quarterly, Terrorism Monitor and Small Wars Journal.  Dr. Cox’s work was cited in Foreign Policy Magazine online and the Straits Times of Singapore, the Bangkok Post, and the Somaliland Times.  His current research interests include identity and conflict, armed nation-building, counterinsurgency, terrorism, strategy and military planning, operational art, and security issues in Asia and Africa.  Dr. Cox is also a featured blogger on E-International Relations.

Daniel R. DePetris


Daniel R. DePetris is an independent researcher and a Small Wars Journal contributor.  All views expressed are the author's alone.

Daniel Rice

Daniel Rice is a West Point graduate and Kellogg MBA with expertise in US National Security interests with experience investing in energy, agriculture and water.  He served for two years in uniform in the Army in the Tigris River Valley, one in Iraq and one in Eastern Turkey.   He is the President of SunDial Capital Partners and has traveled extensively throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and most of the Middle East as an investor.  He is also an award-winning author and was awarded the Purple Heart after being hit by a roadside bomb while traveling to a meeting with Iraqis to discuss…agriculture, energy and water.

Darrell Fawley

Darrell E. Fawley has served as a light infantry platoon leader and Stryker rifle and headquarters company commander.  He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Ohio University and is currently pursuing advanced degrees in Public Administration and Social Sciences.

Dave Dilegge

Dave Dilegge is Editor-in-Chief of Small Wars Journal and serves as a Director at Small Wars Foundation. He is a retired USMCR Intelligence and Counterintelligence/HUMINT officer, and former USMC civilian intelligence analyst, as well as a defense consultant in the private sector.

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Dave Duffy

LTC (Ret.) Dave Duffy is a Special Forces officer and combat veteran of Afghanistan who served 21 years of service with team and company time in 3rd SFG(A), last job before retirement was Chief of G3X, Special Programs at USASOC.  He is now Vice President of Strategic Studies for NEK, a SOF for life company that provides a wide range of auxiliary support services to SOF and DoD.

Dave Kilcullen

Dr. David Kilcullen is the founding President and CEO of Caerus Associates LLC, a strategic design consultancy with a focus on the overlapping problems of conflict, climate change, energy, health and governance.  Caerus operates in challenging environments worldwide, from the field to the policy level, with a presence on four continents and provides design solutions for NGOs, communities, private industry and government.

David Abel

Major David Abel is a career Air Force cyber operations officer currently studying Irregular Warfare at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has a B.S. in Information Systems from Wright State University and M.S. in Management from Colorado Technical University. He has deployed to four contingency locations since 9/11.

David C. Eckley

David C. Eckley is an Army intelligence officer and cartographic scientist with four years’ experience in U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Operations Area.  He most recently served as the J2 for Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras from 2011-2012.  He is the author of the article “Evaluating the spatiotemporal clustering of traffic incidents,” published in the academic journal Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

David Kuhn

David A. Kuhn provides specialized law enforcement and first responder training throughout the United States, focusing on terrorism incident response, threat mitigation, and interdiction.  He is is a recognized authority in the area of military standoff weapons and deployment, MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems), and forensic analysis of incident areas where such weapons or explosives have been deployed.  Additionally, Mr. Kuhn has developed a number of comprehensive, advanced training courses designed to provide law enforcement agencies and Special Response Teams with the knowledge needed to address these emerging threats.