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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 Morgan Smiley | Tue, 03/06/2018 - 8:17am | 0 comments

The U.S. military has gotten a boost from the current administration but still lacks a clear threat-focus (what do we want to be prepared for).

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 03/05/2018 - 7:09pm | 0 comments

Continue on for a SWJ update - includes SWJ and Council signup issues.

by Associated Press | Mon, 03/05/2018 - 6:00pm | 0 comments

"Offensive operations against IS fighters in eastern Syria have been paused because U.S.-backed Kurdish soldiers have shifted to a separate fight against Turkish forces."

by The Washington Post | Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:34pm | 0 comments

"The Islamic State just released a video that allegedly shows three U.S. soldiers being attacked in Niger."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:47am | 3 comments

SWJ is kicking off an ambitious new project concerning the U.S. Marine Corps’ Combined Action Program in Vietnam. To begin the project, SWJ is requesting reviews of this classic.

by The Guardian | Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:05pm | 2 comments

“Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine – the globe is scarred by violence.”

by Voice of America | Sat, 03/03/2018 - 7:39pm | 2 comments

The role of women and their potential in countering extremism around the world is often overlooked and underestimated, a group of experts told U.S. lawmakers this week.

by The New York Times | Sat, 03/03/2018 - 1:21pm | 0 comments

Continue on for a "New York Times" Visual Investigation (video) on Kurdish TTP and tracking irregulars in Syria.

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:36pm | 0 comments

Now Published - SWJ's “Islamist Insurgents on the Defensive: Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in 2016—A Small Wars Journal Anthology”

by Military Times | Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:13pm | 1 comment

"DARPA, the Pentagon’s high-tech office, is working with the government of Ukraine to develop capabilities to help Kiev in its hybrid warfare challenge."

by Military Review | Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:35am | 0 comments

Continue on for links to all of the articles in the latest issue of "Military Review".

by DoD News | Thu, 03/01/2018 - 9:01am | 1 comment

The special operations enterprise must become more lethal, effective and efficient, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict.

by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 02/28/2018 - 9:22pm | 0 comments

"The demise of IS is intensifying a scramble among foreign powers in Syria, raising the risk that diverging strategic and commercial interests could lead to a wider regional war."

by Voice of America | Wed, 02/28/2018 - 8:33pm | 0 comments

The U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday that a 30-day cease-fire across Syria had not been implemented, and he asked the Security Council when it would be put into effect.

by United Press International | Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:35pm | 0 comments

"Ghani's proposal was prepared after months of input from all segments across Afghanistan in an effort to end fighting that's been going for more than 16 years."

by Voice of America | Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:20pm | 0 comments

Russia started its “humanitarian pause” on Tuesday, but new fighting erupted and there were no signs of civilians leaving the besieged area or aid deliveries arriving.

by The Hoover Institution | Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:36pm | 15 comments

After 17 years on a treadmill, obviously no good option exists. But to pull out our troops would be to repeat Saigon in 1975.

by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:59am | 0 comments

"Russian former fighters active in both Ukraine and Syria say they fought with such units, which further the Kremlin’s interests but don’t wear Russian uniforms."

by The Washington Post | Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:12am | 0 comments

"The greatest threat to Farah remains the insurgents’ determination and strength on the battlefield."

by The Washington Post | Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:14pm | 0 comments

"Residents of the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus spent a seventh consecutive day huddled in shelters as warplanes and artillery pounded the area."

by The Washington Post | Sun, 02/25/2018 - 8:15am | 0 comments

"The Americans responded with a devastating counterattack that the United States said left about 100 dead."

by The Washington Post | Sat, 02/24/2018 - 3:26pm | 0 comments

"As the Islamic State clings to its last slivers of territory in Syria, the world is starting to grapple with a problem."

by Military Times | Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:26pm | 0 comments

"Leaders in that community want Congress to approve their highest budget request ever made to increase the force by more than 1,000 troops."

by The Wall Street Journal | Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:35pm | 0 comments

"Putin’s mercenaries are bloodied in Syria, as he tries to drive Trump out."

by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:23pm | 0 comments

"Russian mercenaries are reported to be in the thick of the fighting in Syria, helping President Bashar al-Assad's forces."