Journal Articles are typically longer works with more more analysis than the news and short commentary in the SWJ Blog. We accept contributed content from serious voices across the small wars community, then publish it here as quickly as we can, per our Editorial Policy, to help fuel timely, thoughtful, and unvarnished discussion of the diverse and complex issues inherent in small wars.

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

The importance of “trust” as a unifying force in military organizations and their battlefield operations is often hidden behind a ‘vale of...

This essay is the first in a series exploring the issue of drug-related violence in Mexico.

SWJ Book Review - Hunting Che:  How a U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World’s Most Famous Revolutionary.

The intention of this essay to argue that radical individuals and groups are not the product of perennial characteristics of Islam.

Since the end of World War II, the employment of the U.S. military has been linked to Middle Eastern oil and its exportation lanes.

Observations from the field say “yes”.

Interaction among foreign forces and local farmers was perhaps never more important for mission success than in Afghanistan over the course of OEF.

As a result of many decades of advocacy and fighting for justice, it is clear that in order to achieve the best outcome, no mechanism can do so in isolation.

The Defense Innovation Imperative: A Prescription for Preserving and Formalizing Rapid Technology Innovation in the Department of Defense

BACRIM in Colombia: Security Micro-Ecosystems and Violent Non-State Actor Fragmentation

A man, a myth, and a Hollywood epic, Thomas Edward Lawrence has served as a theoretical touchstone for generations of professional soldiers.

Co-Existence, Co-Ordination, and Crowding Out: Examining the Interrelation Between Nonviolent and Armed Resistance Movements

Once the heart of a bustling Islamic maritime trade the Horn of Africa is now wrought with war, drought, famine, and violent political decay.

This essay focuses on a set of highly advanced technological inventions used for transporting and delivering narcotics.

Responding to Crimea by Bolstering NATO’s Military Presence in Central and Eastern Europe: SWJ Discussion with A. Wess Mitchell.

While it may be convenient to write off "spoilers" as intractable enemies of peace to be dealt with solely by coercive force, there do exist possibilities for their...

This is a follow-up companion piece to the Small War Journal article ‘...

The Royal Road: A Mission-Oriented Service for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

One More Thought on Unconventional Approaches to Dealing with al Qaeda: If the Afghans Kick Us Out, Let’s Hire the Haqqanis

Thrilla in Minnesota: Al-Shabaab vs. The Somali Diaspora

People do not live in history, they live in the narrative. Nowhere is this truth more evident than between three countries in East Asia.

Most aviators and intelligence professionals agree that something about tactical aviation intelligence just isn’t working.

Radical Islamic Terrorism: An Evolving and Enduring Threat

Mexican Cartel Op-Ed No. 8: Will Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera be tried in Mexico or the United States?