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.

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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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Crispin Burke (27)
Dan Cox (1)
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Daniel Rice (1)
Darrell Fawley (1)
Dave Dilegge (1078)
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David Abel (1)
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Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney (1)
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Author Bios

EJ Hogendoorn

EJ Hogendoorn is the Horn of Africa Project Director at the International Crisis Group.

Eric Walters

29 year veteran of the Marine Corps with 25 years as a military intelligence officer serving at the tactical, joint operational, and national strategic levels. Participant in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the drug wars in South America in the early 1990s, and two major humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, one as the Director of Intelligence. Authored book chapters on WWII urban warfare and information operations in Vietnam within two military history anthologies and numerous articles on tactics, command and control, and military judgment in professional journals and commercial publications.

Erich Simmers

Erich G. Simmers is an Alumni Fellow at the University of Florida where he is a civilian researcher in postcolonial studies and cultural criticism.  He is the author of Weaponized Culture, a blog on technology, culture, and war and is currently writing a dissertation on the representations of T. E. Lawrence in American counterinsurgency doctrine and contemporary pop culture.

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.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy is a news publication, founded in 1970, that is focused on global affairs, current events, and domestic and international policy. It produces content daily on its website, and in six print issues annually.

Frank Hoffman

Frank G. Hoffman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University (NDU).     This essay is the author’s own conclusions and does not represent the views of the Department of Defense or the National War College.

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.

Gabriel Lajeunesse

Major Gabriel C. Lajeunesse, U.S. Air Force, is a career Special Agent and Middle East / North Africa Area Specialist with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where his work has focused on counterintelligence and counterterrorism. He has served as commander of AFOSI Detachment 113, Hill AFB, Utah, and Expeditionary Detachment 2409, Tallil Air Base, Iraq. He currently serves as a Political Military Planner on the Iran-Levant Policy Division, Directorate for Plans and Policy (J-5), Joint Staff. The views reflected herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense or its components. 

Garrett Wood

LT Garrett Ryan Wood is a Naval Gunfire Liason Officer at 5th Anglico in Okinawa who served an OIF deployment aboard a DDG in 2009 and recently completed a deployment to OEF.  He  graduated with majors in History and Political Economy from Hillsdale College.

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson is a retired Marine Corps Colonel who has been a civilian advisor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

Gary K. Busch

Dr. Gary K. Busch has had a varied career-as an international trades unionist, an academic, a businessman and a political intelligence consultant. He was a professor and Head of Department at the University of Hawaii and has been a visiting professor at several universities. He was the head of research in international affairs for a major U.S. trade union and Assistant General Secretary of an international union federation. His articles have appeared in the Economist Intelligence Unit, Wall Street Journal, WPROST, Pravda and several other news journals. He is the editor and publisher of the web-based news journal of international relations

GEN Robert W. Cone

General Robert Cone is a senior Army leader with substantial experience at all levels from platoon through corps.  He has held numerous Joint and Multinational positions throughout his career, most recently serving as III Corps Commander and as Deputy Commanding General - Operations for U.S. Forces – Iraq.  Prior to that, he served as Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan.

General Cone commands the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). At TRADOC, he is responsible for training and educating Army Soldiers, Leaders and Civilians; developing and implementing concepts and doctrine; and designing and integrating capabilities development for the Army.

He holds master’s degrees in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin, and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

Gene C. Kamena

Professor Gene C. Kamena currently teaches Leadership and Ethics at the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama. He is retired from the Army as a Colonel of Infantry. He holds a B.A. in History from Auburn University and a Masters Degree in Military Art and Science from CGSC at Fort Leavenworth. He graduated from the Army War College in 1998 and Commanded the 2nd Brigade, 1AD. He also served as the Chief of Staff for the 1st Infantry Division, Director of Staff of U.S. Space Command and the Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Northern Command, Director for Iraqi Security Forces and formed and led an Iraqi Special Border Commando Brigade on the Syrian border. His operational deployments include; Desert Shield Desert Storm, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Iraq (OIF.)

General Robert B. Neller

General Robert B. Neller assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps on September 24th, 2015. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, he graduated from the University of Virginia and was commissioned in May 1975. He previously served as the Commander, Marine Forces Command from June 2014 to September 2015.

General Neller has served as an infantry officer at all levels. He commanded the Marine Security Force Company Panama during Operations JUST CAUSE and PROMOTE LIBERTY, 3d Light Armored Infantry Battalion during Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia, 6th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division and Marine Forces Central Command.

His Joint assignments include service in the Policy Division of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium, and as the Director of Operations (J3) of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.

He has also served as Executive Officer, 7th Marine Regiment, G-3, 2d Marine Division, G-3, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Assistant Division Commander for the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions, and Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 05-07.

General Neller is a graduate of the Advanced Armor Officer Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the NATO Defense College and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a M.A. in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University.

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, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Kansas.  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.