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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.

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.

 

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Author Bios

Charles G. Kels

Charles G. Kels is a major in the Air Force Reserve and an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security. Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Departments of Homeland Security, Air Force, or Defense.

Chaveso Cook

MAJ Chaveso “Chevy” Cook is currently taking command of Delta Company, 3rd Military Information Support Battalion (A), Fort Bragg, NC.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  He subsequently graduated from the University of Texas El-Paso with a masters in Leadership Development and from Columbia University with a masters in Organizational Psychology.

As a Psychological Operations officer MAJ Cook has served as an Operational Detachment Commander for multiple teams supporting USASOC and SOCCENT efforts in the CENTCOM AOR.  His last assignment was as both a Tactical Officer and a Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership instructor at the United States Military Academy for PL100: General Psychology for Leaders and PL471: Leadership in Combat.

Chris Davis

Chris Davis is a former Army intelligence officer who served in a light infantry reconnaissance squadron in Afghanistan. He received his Masters of Arts in National Security Studies from American Military University. His thesis focused on the economic, social, and political consequences of the War on Terrorism for the American middle class. 

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a Middle East Foreign Area Officer with 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. He served as section sergeant, platoon leader, and company commander during operations in Kuwait and Iraq. The opinions expressed here are the author’s and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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.

Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly is the co-author of America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or Been Militarily Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth and Italy Invades: How Italians Conquered the World. His newest book, An Adventure in 1914, will be published this fall. For more information, visit www.americainvades.com and www.italyinvades.com.

Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy

The Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy is a project designed to encourage the study of those books, memoirs, essays, speeches, and documents that best illuminate the nature of international politics and strategic affairs. The Classics website provides the central resource base for this activity, and links together an informal consortium of academic institutions and scholars under the administrative auspices of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. The project is coordinated by Dr. Patrick J. Garrity, Miller Center of Public Affairs, the University of Virginia.

CNN News

The Cable News Network (CNN) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner.

Colin Griffin

Colin Griffin is a Field Artillery officer.

Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Mission

Situated at the nexus of theory and practice, the Combating Terrorism Center serves as an important national resource that rigorously studies the terrorist threat and provides policy-relevant research while moving the boundaries of academic knowledge. The CTC’s distinguished scholars, international network of experts, and access to senior U.S. government leadership set it apart from any other like enterprise.

We Teach: As an institution, we embrace the unique responsibility to prepare cadets to think critically about the challenges they will face during war and peace. To this end, the Center directs multiple graduate-level seminars on Terrorism and Counterterrorism and administers a minor in terrorism studies. In addition, the CTC directs counterterrorism educational programs for four partner government agencies.

We Research: The CTC’s research program produces path-breaking analysis on the dynamic and evolving terrorist threat. The Center’s deep intellectual capital and ability to apply theory to practice creates a unique research model that not only informs strategic counterterrorism thinking but moves the boundaries of academic knowledge.

We Advise: Due to the Center’s unique position at the nexus of academia and practice, the Center leverages its deep expertise to contribute to discrete advisory efforts for federal, state, and local governments including: strategic analysis, operational support, and organizational strategy design.

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.

CTC Sentinel

Situated at the nexus of theory and practice, the Combating Terrorism Center serves as an important national resource that rigorously studies the terrorist threat and provides policy-relevant research while moving the boundaries of academic knowledge. The CTC’s distinguished scholars, international network of experts, and access to senior U.S. government leadership set it apart from any other like enterprise.