Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation.

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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By educating and empowering girls in the developing world, we might eventually send fewer Americans into combat overseas.

The U.S. Navy’s success in future major combat operations may well be determined by its ability to reject centralized C2, establish tenets of Mission Command, and train toward its employment.

A Small Wars Journal interview with retired US Army Special Forces Colonel David S. Maxwell.

The program should exist independent of contingency operations, remaining instead as an established and enduring military contribution.

The recent success of the Nigerian government and the international coalition in the fight against Boko Haram is a welcome development.

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As the conflict with the so-called Islamic State (IS) swings back and forth, one thing is increasingly clear: Even if Iraq survives the fight intact, there is no chance it will ever return to the pre...

On Senior Leaders and Social Media: An Interview with Brigadier Mick Ryan, Commander of 1st Brigade of the Australian Army.

As a senior Marine officer, Gen. John Kelly regularly visited hospitals and spoke to families whose loved ones were injured or killed in combat.

What are the right lessons from America’s Vietnam experience that can be applied to the current situation in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East?

Drug Trafficking, Corruption and States: How Illicit Networks Shaped Institutions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico A Small Wars Journal--El Centro and Vortex Foundation Book