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By assessing individual megacities through this framework, the Army can better understand how it might operate as part of a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and...

What we propose is unique, demanding, immersive, and fills a necessary gap.  This article is a condensed form of a more detailed analysis and description of the proposed...

The proper question is not what helicopter should the Army be using today, but rather what should the Army be developing for tomorrow.

Calling “Team Yankee”: Why the U.S. Needs Heavy Armor Back in Europe

The goal of this paper is to contribute to the debate surrounding the question of whether or not American foreign policy has become excessively interventionist.

Not only does non-lethal anti-access represent an option for America’s potential adversaries, in some cases it is the only option, and may be the option of last resort...

From Riots to Vigil: The Community, the Police and Mark Duggan’s Legacy

This article thus aims to bring back to light India’s national security policies following the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

"Russia seized on an opportunity and took the initiative."

This is meant as a poetic book review of The Insurgents by Fred Kaplan. It is about how General Petraeus and others tried to advance Army doctrine by incorporating...

The military must be kept in conversation with the populace it serves or risk the rise of a warrior class unable to relate to or understand the public they are defending.

The purpose of this essay is to enter into an ongoing debate regarding the definition of an ended insurgency.

High-level language skills for Special Forces personnel are a requirement for current and future operations, but they are very difficult and costly to achieve and maintain....

Lessons from the Post 9/11 Campaigns: Small Wars Journal Discussion with General John R. Allen.

VSO incorporates aspects of a US sponsored insurgency by attempting to expand government influence and administration to areas under the control of an occupying power.

Cyberwar is War: A Critique of “Hacking Can Reduce Real-World Violence”

The Lieutenant Don't Know: One Marine's Story of Warfare and Combat Logistics in Afghanistan by Captain Jeffrey Clement.

There is no shortage of literature on Hezbollah’s history, ideology and strategies, but comparatively less addressing the group’s involvement in the Syrian...

Conceptualizing Human Domain Management: Human Network Analysis and Engagement (HNAE) Operations

Joint Professional Military Education: Anticipating at the Speed of the Environment

Black Spots Are No Treasure Island: Land Tenure and Property Rights in Megacities

At a Crossroads: Flashpoints and Opportunities in U.S. Relations with the Muslim Brotherhood

Transnational crime and its associated transnational illicit networks pose a challenge to sovereignty and governance by fostering corruption and impunity.

Reflections on the Continuities in War and Warfare: SWJ Discussion with Major General H.R. McMaster

This paper analyses the concept of War Amongst the People proposed by General Rupert Smith in his book “The Utility of Force: the Art of War in the Modern World...

A Civilian Expeditionary Force Defense Agency would promote creation of a readily deployable “Government in a Box” to meet contingencies.

SWJ discussion with Dr. Andrew D. May, Associate Director, Office of the Director, Net Assessment, Department of Defense.

The “Hidden” Power of Illegally Armed Groups in Latin America: Mexico a Case Study

Understanding the Sea: The Practical Application of Census Operations as a Primary Tool for the Platoon-Level Counterinsurgent

The Trusted Shadow and Trojan Horse of the United States Government: Human Behavior and the Insider Threat