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A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Despite force protection measures, captivity remains an integrated part of the threat to deployed NATO forces.

As China continues deepening commercial ties with LatAm, it is possible the increased flow of goods and people could present more opportunities for Chinese triads to expand...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

The human terrain of Syria is shifting. Buried below last week’s headlines was the news of what might amount to the largest proposed population swap in recent history...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

These attacks can be executed with very little planning, no training, no funding, and no preparation, which makes them quick, easy, and deadly.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Ethiopia’s strategic value in counter-terrorism operations in the region butts heads with American foreign policy objectives of promoting democracy and liberal...

Why the Chibok Kidnappings occurred, and what, if anything, the Nigerian Army has done in its aftermath to prevent the repeat of a kidnapping on that scale by Boko Haram.

This vivid narrative about an extraordinary American officer in Afghanistan presents two stories, both of interest to military professionals.

The Gray Zone is becoming less opaque, less undefined because emerging analytical frameworks are finding their footing in the Department of Defense.

In order to increase capacity, Congress should enact comprehensive reform legislation allowing DHS to reorganize its structure and broaden its leadership succession...

Congratulations to authors whose articles have been selected as the top essays submitted in our latest writers contest. Continue on for the listing.

The fight against Islamic terror has two faces today, public relations and strategic hokum. The Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS meeting illustrates these phenomena.

It is our national tar baby. Most simply, it is a mess. We are there. We would like to get out. What are our options?

The risks of Wi-Fi hotspots are compounded when users do not understand how Wi-Fi networks work, and thus do not comprehend the risks associated with connecting to a free...

The primary reason for studying a nation’s military abilities should not be to affirm and extol the pleasant, but to expose and critically analyze shortcomings.

The Security Council’s decision to lower the troop ceiling by 3,600 troops is not necessarily as drastic as it sounds. MONUSCO operates at well below its authorized...

Where will ISIS be after Donald J. Trump? The President has forcefully asserted that he will destroy not only ISIS, but also vowed to “exterminate” all of Islamic...

If success was measured by how often a subject is mentioned or written about the U.S. military would surely be a smart culture-savvy force to be reckoned with.

SWJ discussion with Seth G. Jones, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation.

Revisited: A 2011 SWJ Discussion with Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Strategy

The Desert Hawks are a hybrid entity, both SyAA strike force and Jaber brothers PMC. The latter role has allowed them to emerge as successful loyalist intermediaries.

General Milley is right. We need to take on the megacity combat challenge. If the enemy know we can fight there and win, he is much less likely to fight there at all.

Despite the growing emphasis on megacity contingencies, many question the premise of U.S. participation in megacity conflict.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #31: Use of Burreros to Scale and Lift Up Border Fencing

This paper presents a vision of future warfare by extrapolating technological trends and uniting them under an operational concept.

This paper explores the complexity surrounding the Syrian Civil War, current legislation that exists regarding cyber-warfare and ethics of cyber-attacks.