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A Theory of Dark Network Design (Part One) by Ian S. Davis, Carrie L. Worth, and Douglas W. Zimmerman Download The Full Article...

Wrong War, Wrong Policy, or Wrong Tactics? Book Review by F. G. Hoffman Download the Full Article: ...

Moral Intuition and the Professional Military Ethic by Michael C. Sevcik Download The Full Article:...

Counterterrorism v. Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Algeria and Afghanistan by David N. Santos Download The Full Article:...

Building Relationships and Influence in Counterinsurgency: One Officer's Perspective by Eric von Tersch Download the Full...

Download the Full Article: Breaking the Camel's Back

The EU's Afghan Police Mission: Failing to Meet Commitments by Matthew Ince Download The Full Article:...

The Fallacy of COIN: One Officer's Frustration by Scott Dempsey Download The Full Article:...

Seeing the Other Side of the COIN: A Critique of the Current Counterinsurgency (COIN) Strategies in Afghanistan by Metin...

To Design or Not to Design (Part Two): The There Is a Problem with the Word 'Problem;' How Unique Vocabulary Is Essential to Conceptual...

Download The Full Article: The Unnecessary Front: Reconsidering The Corps's East...

The Post-Afghanistan Threat Environment: A Case Study on the Maldives by Jason Thomas Download The Full Article...

"Mr. Gates Doth Protest Too Much" by Neoptolemus Download the Full Article:...

The Koepenick Syndrome: Is the United States the new Prussia? by Franz-Stefan Gady Download The Full Article:...

Optimizing Use of the Armed Forces in Combating Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations   by Braden Civins ...

The World Hears Us: George Bush's Rhetoric in the Global War on Terrorism by Scott Cullinane Download The Full Article:...

Book Review: How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict by Timothy Richardson Ivan, Arreguin-Toft. How the Weak Win Wars:...

COIN in Mexico? A Response to Robert Culp's Strategy for Military Counter Drug Operations...

The Basmachi: Factors Behind the Rise and Fall of an Islamic Insurgency in Central Asia by Boris Kogan Download the Full...

To Design, or not to Design: An Introduction to a Six Article Series by Ben Zweibelson Download The Full...

Design and the Prospects of a Design Ethic by Christopher R. Paparone Download The Full Article:...

The Second Battle of Hastings by Cliff W. Gilmore This article is cross-posted to Small Wars Journal with the kind permission...

Reflections on the French School of Counter-Rebellion: An Interview with Etienne de Durand by Octavian Manea ...

The Closers (Part III): Civilians in the Hold Phase by Colonel Gary Anderson Download the Full...

Will the Real Robert Gates Please Stand Up? by Neoptolemus Download the Full Article: ...

The February 2011 issue of Small Wars Journal (Vol. 7 No. 2) is now available. ...

"Napoleonic Know-How" in an Age of Persistent Engagement by Douglas Batson, Al Di Leonardo, Christopher K. Tucker ...

Developing Better Relations with Russia by John D. Johnson Download the Full Article:...

Making a Sandwich in Afghanistan: How to Assess a Strategic Withdrawal from a Protracted Irregular War by Paul Rexton Kan...

Exit Strategies: Iraq and the Republic of South Vietnam by Robert Tollast Download The Full Article:...