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.

The U.S. Southern Command has a tremendous bearing on the U.S. National and domestic security efforts based on proximity and the nature of threats to the U.S. borders.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Modern warfare is founded on networks and tactical cyber and electromagnetic activities (CEMA) provide critical keyholes to unlocking their cognitive spaces.

"Danger Close" a Film by Alex Quade - SWJ Review by Dave Maxwell

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Conference report on a half-day event entitled Homeland and Security at the Local Level - A Public Policy Conference held at Claremont McKenna College.

There is a sinking feeling that Rio de Janeiro’s tipped into war. Many of the city’s politicians, police officers and civic leaders are saying so...

Intelligence drives operations.  This is an age old axiom that is no less true in modern military operations than it was during the Mongol reign of Central Asia.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

The Concert-Balance Strategy needlessly cedes terrain signaling weakness and undermining U.S. status as a global leader.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

This paper attempts to provide insight into a topic most have not yet thoroughly considered - what happens after ISIL is gone?

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Like all soldiers talking of war, there is no end or beginning in the stories, just the vocalization of the memories that can never leave him.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Detailed study of foreign fighters and of their return to home countries has only emerged in the last 10 – 15 years, with even less written about it in relation to the...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Although a number of cartels may be utilizing ultralight aircraft, seizure locations and authority reports most often attribute the use of this technology to the Sinaloa...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

The challenge of young-adult and refugee vulnerability to the spread of violent extremist ideology, subsequent radicalization, and devolution into violence related behavior...

Iran and Saudi Arabia are both exporters of extremism that fuels kinetic terrorist attacks. These countries are uniquely dangerous.

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Despite force protection measures, captivity remains an integrated part of the threat to deployed NATO forces.

As China continues deepening commercial ties with LatAm, it is possible the increased flow of goods and people could present more opportunities for Chinese triads to expand...

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

The human terrain of Syria is shifting. Buried below last week’s headlines was the news of what might amount to the largest proposed population swap in recent history...