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Strategy and Choices for the Next QDR: SWJ Interview with Shawn Brimley.

Understanding the Dialectic of Nomad and State: The Tectonics of Conflict, Trade and Modes of Living in Afghanistan.

Up until recently, weapons that provide for armor and bunker defeat capability at the levels that the RPG-29 is capable of, have not been seen in the hands of the Mexican...

The rivalry between Kenya and al-Shabaab is not new. Kenya has long been active in Somalia’s internal politics, sponsoring a peace process that yielded the Transitional...

Acronyms and Translations of Security and Government Agencies in Mexico’s Drug War.

Within the realm of Latin America, one country that that has been particularly impacted by gangs and transnational organized crime is Brazil.

SWJ Discussion with Dr. David Kilcullen on his recently released book “Out of the Mountains. The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla”.

Special Operations Forces have a problem: in order to be more effective in the “human domain” we have to paradoxically dump the concept.

It’s been about two months since al-Shabaab gunmen employed the new playbook.

The relationship between Russia and Iran since the collapse of the Soviet Union forms a necessary and essential aspect of international relations.

A close analysis reveals the Peace Corps is an important contributor to our national security.

Al-Qaeda’s plan to cripple the U.S. through a series of proxy wars: an integral – and currently the most pertinent – component of its aggregate strategy.

The June 2010 violence that took place in  Kyrgyzstan caused a significant number of deaths, injuries, displaced persons, property damage, and general unease among the...

Hezbollah prides itself as being a Lebanese liberation force committed to defending the Shi’a in Lebanon. But Hezbollah is fighting in Syria against the Sunni...

From ‘Three Blocks’ to ‘Three Islands’: The Thin Line Between Police and Military Operations in Contested Maritime Spaces.

Before Gustavus Adolphus revolutionized warfare, most armies were composed of groups of uncoordinated mercenaries, with little overall organization or chain of command.

The US Army Counterinsurgency manual touts the importance of legitimacy yet it provides a limited explanation of what legitimacy is and where it comes from.

It seems that many of my strident critics tend to focus on the operational and tactical minutiae and quaint service traditions when advocating the need for maintaining two...

Providing Basic Sanitation: A Means to Achieving the Military’s Strategic Objectives During Stability Operations

SWJ would like to thank the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board's Executive Institute for allowing us to republish this article.

Since 2006, Nepal is on transition from armed conflict to peace. However, in the last six years, Nepal’s peace process is in deep crisis.

Optimizing Foreign Internal Defense to Counter Dark Networks: Direct and Indirect Approaches for Security and Development Efforts.

The Army has had a program operating since 2006 (University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies) aimed at better understanding the human domain in support of decision...

The Role of an Air Sea Battle-Centric Posture in Strategic Reassurance: SWJ Interview with Elbridge Colby by Octavian Manea.

The Cyberspace Operations Planner: Challenges to Education and Understanding of Offensive Cyberspace Operations.

Peter Mansoor’s book, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War adds to the list of impressive works about the Surge....

SWJ's Spanish version of Criminal Insurgency: Narcocultura, Social Banditry, and Information Operations.

While programs like DCGS-A, CPOF, and MTS may be capable, troops generally deride their atrocious user interface, and poor, almost non-existent interoperability.

Book Reviews: Wrong Turn:...

Thoughts on the Future of Special Operations: A Return to the Roots - Adapted for the Future.