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.

Re-evaluate exactly what we want from our educational system and to strip away the non-essential.

Mexico's new president Enrique Peña Nieto has trumpeted its proposed reforms, but there are more similarities than differences with the Calderon Administration.

The war in Afghanistan is a war of perceptions on progress made thus far. A widening gap in perceptions will complicate the transition .

An advocacy for social media and digital collaboration in the military.

Platoon/Company sized elements are being tasked with the execution of security handovers that have been in development for over ten years.

Lebanon's national rejection of returning to civil war coupled with the buoyancy provided by the Lebanese Armed Forces will keep it from sinking into the Syrian abyss.

Though discredited, the phased framework of shape-clear-hold-build remains applicable over time when adapted to local circumstances by harmonized independent stakeholders.

Forward-leaning, informed speculation on the future operating environment can make the difference between being able to respond to unexpected events or failing to adequately...

This diplomatic triumph is due in large part to legal advances in international relations, peace processes, mediation and conflict resolution designed and applied by...

Roman discipline was built upon a belief in the virtues of austerity and frugality, the dignity of labor and an acceptance of hardship – but tempered by a willingness...

Comparing Past and Current Challenges to Afghan Local Defense.

The key to successful advisor preparation lies in understanding the operational environment.

Intelligence shortcomings lie in how we share and utilize the information and data we have at our disposal.

Many German officers learnt their practice during this war and tactics that were first employed in the fighting against the Hehe became typical for other colonial wars fought...

Many modern internal conflicts defy basic definitions, so use a composite framework instead.

History is with replete with former armies that prepared for the wrong type of conflict and received the unflattering result of becoming failed military systems.

Log in, tune in, don’t drop out.

Current strategic guidance documents rely upon catchphrases and hyperbole to defer tough national security decision-making.

As cyberspace operations continue to evolve, they raise some unique questions regarding the nature of conflict and how it should be discussed and regulated.

"To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace." -Calgacus, Chieftan of the Caledonian Confederacy

Dr. Kevin Woods and his colleague Williamson Murray have brought to life the Iraqi perspective on various conflicts, ranging from Operation Desert Storm to their latest work...

In war of any character, the basic principles are the same, but two sides may fight it differently or interpret the principles differently based on capacity and capability....

War is the coherent execution of all means to bring about sufficient adherence to a nation’s will in the international (global) arena; resulting in armed conflict only...

It took the British a full century of trial-and-error to come up with the organization of a stable native army in India, a feat the US believes it has accomplished in less...

“The Family doesn’t kill for money; it doesn’t kill for women... only those who deserve to die, die... [T]his is divine justice.”

Our physical world instincts often fail us when thinking about cyberspace.

Is a major FSA operation underway?

There are some issues that are too important to remain unsolved.

It is time to rethink the role of conventional U.S. military medical assets in COIN operations.

When the balloon goes up... A new look from an old tool.