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VSO incorporates aspects of a US sponsored insurgency by attempting to expand government influence and administration to areas under the control of an occupying power.

Cyberwar is War: A Critique of “Hacking Can Reduce Real-World Violence”

The Lieutenant Don't Know: One Marine's Story of Warfare and Combat Logistics in Afghanistan by Captain Jeffrey Clement.

There is no shortage of literature on Hezbollah’s history, ideology and strategies, but comparatively less addressing the group’s involvement in the Syrian...

Conceptualizing Human Domain Management: Human Network Analysis and Engagement (HNAE) Operations

Joint Professional Military Education: Anticipating at the Speed of the Environment

Black Spots Are No Treasure Island: Land Tenure and Property Rights in Megacities

At a Crossroads: Flashpoints and Opportunities in U.S. Relations with the Muslim Brotherhood

Transnational crime and its associated transnational illicit networks pose a challenge to sovereignty and governance by fostering corruption and impunity.

Reflections on the Continuities in War and Warfare: SWJ Discussion with Major General H.R. McMaster

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.