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In their just-released special report, "Iraqi Insurgent Media: The War of Images and Ideas," Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty regional analysts Daniel Kimmage and Kathleen Ridolfo take an in-depth...

A few years ago, a bunch of smart guys at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms decided to teach a new course and open it up to any student -- not just engineering and computer science types. The course...

The current situation in Gaza is a laboratory for the kind of conflicts that we are likely to see in the immediate future throughout the world. The best case solution would be to broker an agreement...

E Pluribus Unum

This piece of pseudo-history below bounces around the internet every year about this time. Like most things of its ilk, it probably has a few errors, and its author is writing to reinforce a point...

Some initial reactions, commentary and links concerning Dave Kilcullen's SWJ post Understanding Current Operations in Iraq: William Kristol at The Weekly Standard - Richard Lugar, Meet David...

In his multi-faceted article, "New Paradigms For 21st Century Conflict," David Kilcullen of General David Petraeus' senior staff in Baghdad recommends five major initiatives to be taken in developing...

Although there were lonely voices arguing that the Army needed to focus on counterinsurgency in the wake of the Cold War—Dan Bolger, Eliot Cohen, and Steve Metz chief among them—the sad...

I've spent much of the last six weeks out on the ground, working with Iraqi and U.S. combat units, civilian reconstruction teams, Iraqi administrators and tribal and community leaders. I've been away...

Received from Council member Lieutenant Colonel Mark O'Neill -- LtCol O'Neill is the Army Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He has been seconded to the Lowy Institute from the...

Men of Harlech stop your dreaming Can't you see their spear points gleaming See their warrior pennants streaming To this battlefield Men of Harlech stand ye steady It cannot be ever said ye For the...

I wanted to alert the SWJ community regarding my recently issued essay on modern counterinsurgency in the Summer issue of Parameters. This essay, titled "Neo-Classical Counter-insurgency?" strives...

NO TRUE GLORY: A FRONTLINE ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE FOR FALLUJAH. Bing West. Bantam Books, 2005, 380 pp., $25.00. SWJ Book Review by Terry Daly Bing West's superb book on the loss and retaking of...

I asked the SWJ to pass along that I've been continuously in the field of late and haven't posted to the blog as much as I would have liked to. I am still very much engaged in the Small Wars Journal...

PBS FRONTLINE Introduction to Endgame: On Dec. 19, 2006, President George W. Bush said for the first time that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq. It was a dramatic admission from a...

The following is a summary of an article that will appear in Volume 9 of the Small Wars Journal online magazine to be published in July. Dan Green works at the U.S. Department of State in the Office...

We introduce two articles by Don Vandergriff (Raising the Bar: Creating and Nurturing Adaptability to Deal with the Changing Face of War) on the importance of adaptability in our military leaders...

BREAKING NEWS...Counterinsurgency Guidance that Headquarters, Multi-National Corps -- Iraq will be releasing later today. It is signed by Lieutenant General Ray Odierno. The prior link is the two-...

SWJ Editors Note - the following excerpt is from an article by Bing West and Owen West and was originally posted at the New York Times. The Laptop Is Mightier Than the Sword By Owen West and Bing...

Received from Carter Malkasian This article originally appeared in Democracy, and is reposted here with their kind permission at the author's request. Iraqization is a dead-end strategy. But there is...

The folks at Defense and the National Interest (DNI) have been kind enough to offer a block of seats to members of the Small Wars Journal / Small Wars Council community of interest.  Space is...

In the linked paper I argue that, just as the new realities of warfare demanded the creation of the Special Forces in the 1960's, winning the Long War will require that the Army develop a...

The Small Wars Council has begun a discussion of John Robb’s new book Brave New War at the Brave New War Roundtable thread.  The discussion is in the Members Only forum and can be accessed...

A quick look at several recent news articles that mention or quote members of the Small Wars Journal and Council community of interest and a boatload of thanks to fellow bloggers, reporters and...

Diana West's holier-than-thou attack on Dr. David Kilcullen of Gen. David Petraeus' senior staff in Baghdad must be a delight to al Qaeda and Hizballah propagandists and anti-American...

Recruit more Iraqi Soldiers and increase their divisions from 11 to 20 is what one counterinsurgency expert said he would do if he was in the shoes of the Multinational Forces - Iraq commander. Dr....

Originally aired on 1 June on The News Hour w/ Jim Lehrer.   Iraq's Anbar Province Faces Political, Military Changes Iraq's western Anbar Province is undergoing shifts in military...

Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, Central Command Reading List Commander's Intent: The Global War on Terrorism is a long war, and as such we need to continue our preparation to be...

Dr. Steven Metz's latest monograph, Rethinking Insurgency, has just been posted to the US Army Strategic Studies Institute's (SSI) web page. The U.S. military and national security community lost...

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