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SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 05/19/2013 - 10:03pm | 11 comments

SOCOM's Goal: Pre-Empt Wars by Howard Altman, Tampa Tribune

by Dave Dilegge | Sat, 05/11/2013 - 5:20am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Sat, 05/11/2013 - 1:09am | 15 comments

Military Culture Still Refuses to Include Women by Major General (USA Ret.) Robert Scales, Washington Post op-ed.

by Dave Dilegge | Fri, 05/10/2013 - 9:34am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Tue, 05/07/2013 - 9:14pm | 3 comments

Millionaire’s Private Navy Ready to Take on Somali Pirates - Mike Schuler at gCaptain.

by SWJ Editors | Tue, 05/07/2013 - 12:59pm | 2 comments

When a state is unable to maintain its monopoly on violence, power-vacuums inevitably arise.

by Dave Dilegge | Tue, 05/07/2013 - 8:36am | 2 comments

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by Dave Dilegge | Mon, 05/06/2013 - 8:14am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Thu, 05/02/2013 - 7:36pm | 0 comments

If Patriot and Iron Dome made Israelis feel more secure, then they succeeded at their most important task.

by Dave Dilegge | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 7:16pm | 0 comments

Monday, 6 May. Hopefully in a new (Drudge-like) format.

by Dave Dilegge | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 7:01pm | 0 comments

Wed Night Tune: Body of an American by The Pogues.

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:49pm | 6 comments

Special Ops Bravado Hurts National Security - CNN Op-Ed by Michele L. Malvesti and Nancy Walbridge Collins.

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 2:16pm | 1 comment

An important article in yesterday's NY Times by Randal Archibold, Damien Cave, and Ginger Thompson. 

by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 2:11pm | 0 comments

Singer Jesus “Chuy” Quintanilla is the latest in a string of balladeers and musicians to be killed in Mexico’s drug war.  This time the killing occurred in Texas.

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 2:02pm | 0 comments

The Invisible Armies Insurgency Tracker presents a database of insurgencies from 1775 to 2012. It supplements the comprehensive historical narrative in Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present, by CFR Senior Fellow Max Boot.

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 1:47pm | 29 comments

Video of a Grinnell College counterinsurgency and the future of Afghanistan debate on 22 April between COL Gian Gentile and Dr. John Nagl.

by SWJ Editors | Sat, 04/27/2013 - 10:06am | 0 comments

SWJ contributor John Bertetto provides tips for bringing down criminal organizations with organizational analysis.

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 04/24/2013 - 3:46pm | 0 comments

An offering from Viridiana Rios and SWJ El Centro Fellow Stephen Dudley.

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 04/24/2013 - 8:22am | 2 comments

The idea of a mercenary may seem a bit quaint in the 21st century, but those forces make a difference and are often all that stands between a leader and his fate.

by Dave Dilegge | Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:06am | 0 comments

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by Dave Dilegge | Sun, 04/21/2013 - 9:59am | 0 comments

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by Peter J. Munson | Fri, 04/19/2013 - 9:23am | 5 comments

Click through to a few SWJ articles on Chechnya and the separatist insurgency there.

by Dave Dilegge | Fri, 04/19/2013 - 6:32am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Thu, 04/18/2013 - 1:25pm | 1 comment

What the Army Needs Now, Most of All, is to Develop Leaders by Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, U.S. Army at Tom Ricks' Best Defense.

by Dave Dilegge | Thu, 04/18/2013 - 8:08am | 5 comments

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