Small Wars Journal


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.

by Gopika Shinghal | Sun, 07/23/2017 - 7:56pm | 0 comments

History falls under the realms of highly contested narratives and the Sino-Indian border war is no exception.

by David Booth | Sun, 07/23/2017 - 11:37am | 0 comments

The political context of future conflicts will have a far greater impact on the conduct of war than current U.S. military modernization efforts reflect.

by Jüri Toomepuu | Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:05pm | 0 comments

NATO member Estonia has become; along with Latvia, Lithuania and Poland; NATO`s eastern bulwark against Putin´s increasing aggressiveness.

by Gary R. Gilbert, by Nathan T. Fisher | Sat, 07/22/2017 - 6:32pm | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: Leveraging robotics and autonomous systems to penetrate high-risk areas and to provide support in contested environments.

by Keith Nightingale | Sat, 07/22/2017 - 8:13am | 0 comments

No big deal. Go here.  See what you can find. Platoon is not what the book says.  Small is not necessarily good. Serious bad guy country.

by Dennis J. Woods | Fri, 07/21/2017 - 5:01am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: New Concepts in Warfare Between 2030 and 2050

by Tricia M. Clarke | Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:08am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: The MI battalion of 2025 needs electronic attack, as well as protection, collection, and surveillance aspects of EW.

by Colin Gandy | Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:17am | 1 comment

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: Time dominates descriptions of the MDB concept which emphasizes the rapid and transitory nature of opportunities on the future battlefield.

by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:40am | 0 comments

This prison riot and resulting massacre is one of the most serious disturbances in a Mexican prison since February 2016.

by Sajid Farid Shapoo | Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:37pm | 2 comments

It comes as a paradox of sorts that both Daesh, with its nihilistic worldview, and Salafyo Costa, with its conciliatory approach, can manage to find a place under the umbrella of Salafism.

by Sam Wilkins | Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:57am | 0 comments

"Preparing for War" combines collective biography, military anthropology, and military history to illuminate the uneven tapestry of how military professions change.

by Adrian T. Bogart, by Jonathan E. Czarnecki, by Robert F. Hodson, by David R. Douglas | Wed, 07/19/2017 - 9:37am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: Multi-Domain Entropy - creating uncertainty within enemy domains in order to disadvantage their ability to win.

by Dimitrios Michail Perdikoulis | Tue, 07/18/2017 - 8:16pm | 0 comments

Current and prospective investors are fearful of how the situation in the DRC could develop. Instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become the norm rather than the exception.

by Cody L. Zilhaver | Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:56am | 6 comments

Estonia moved under NATO’s collective protection too quickly by ignoring a quarter of their population who are Russian speakers, most of whom are disenfranchised.

by Chris Parrett, by Tom Pike | Tue, 07/18/2017 - 9:51am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: The integration of computational analytic tools is a necessity to visualize and understand complexity.

by Deane-Peter Baker | Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:55am | 2 comments

ABC's ‘analysis’ boils down to little more than innuendo and cheap shots against a community that is not in a position to publicly defend itself.

by Carlton G. Haelig | Mon, 07/17/2017 - 4:26am | 0 comments

The challenge of fighting today's war while preparing to win the next war.

by Romeo Ayalin II, by Megan Brady | Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:43am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: Data will be the most coveted weapon and the greatest tool.

by John Zambri | Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:46pm | 0 comments

Considered the “Islamic Fringe” by Muslim coreligionists, S.E. Asian Muslims embraced secular pursuits and have shunned the radical variants of Islam common in the Middle East.

by Tim McGeehan | Sat, 07/15/2017 - 11:52am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: In this world of flux and constant pursuit of competitive advantage, the most disruptive technologies will be tactical level electromagnetic pulse weapons.

by Carey W. Walker, by Matthew J. Bonnot | Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:33pm | 0 comments

The U.S. Army places great emphasis on the importance of judgment, but does little to explain the concept.

by K. Selçuk Candan, by Shade T. Shutters, by Christian Fortunato | Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:27am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: Megacities - or more generally Dense Urban Areas - will emerge at the epicenter of future events necessitating military intervention.

by Octavian Manea | Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:10am | 7 comments

SWJ interview with Thomas Wright, author of “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For The 21st Century & The Future Of American Power”.

by Joelle Thorpe, by Kimberly Girling, by Alain Auger | Thu, 07/13/2017 - 8:59am | 1 comment

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: The intent of this paper is to present a sample of emerging human enhancement technologies that may contribute to soldier resilience.

by Paul Maxwell, by Andrew Hall, by Daniel Bennett | Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:02pm | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: Besides the physical properties of urban terrain, the density of pervasive, networked sensors creates opportunities and challenges for military operations.

by Robert Bunker, by Pamela Ligouri Bunker | Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:25pm | 0 comments

These new urban residences of a transnational plutonomy began to be completed in 2014 and are now spreading to key nodal global city hubs.

by Sam Bocetta | Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:18am | 4 comments

The history of this iconic American weapon, from its inception in 1959 to the present day.

by Matthew J. Bonnot, by Carey W. Walker | Tue, 07/11/2017 - 6:42pm | 0 comments

The U.S. Army places great emphasis on the importance of judgment, but does little to explain the concept. 

by Barnett S. Koven | Sun, 07/09/2017 - 7:24am | 0 comments

While many rejoice the arrival of spring, Afghans know that this season ushers in a considerable increase in fighting. Or at least it used to.

by Tara Mooney, by Andrew Byers | Sun, 07/09/2017 - 5:39am | 0 comments

ISIS’s cyber efforts have paid off; the FBI told Congress in July 2016 that “the message of radicalization spreads faster than we imagined just a few years ago.

by Luz E. Nagle | Sat, 07/08/2017 - 2:08am | 0 comments

What are some of the most pressing transborder crime issues facing LatAm with regards to armed conflict; how does corruption sustain domestic and transnational organizations and groups?

by Mike Matson | Fri, 07/07/2017 - 6:42am | 0 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: The cyberspace domain of the future will most forcefully assert itself in urban areas.

by Victor R. Morris | Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:38am | 3 comments

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: Urban and global trends present a variety of critical factors contributing to center of gravity analysis and resilience assessments.

by John P. Sullivan | Thu, 07/06/2017 - 5:45am | 0 comments

"Al-Qaeda’s Revenge" is a thoroughly researched and well-presented case study on the evolution of the 3/11 network. 

by Russell W. Glenn | Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:06am | 0 comments

Maneuver in the sense recommended in this article involves only two fundamental elements: the application of capabilities to gain advantage with respect to one or more mission-relevant parties.

by Brenda Fiegel | Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:34am | 0 comments

A narcotrafficking technique first used in Mexico now expands to other countries in Central and South America.

by Patrick Ryan Alban | Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:04pm | 0 comments

While the sunset provision is highly unlikely to become law, it is a significant development in the debate over a possible AUMF specific to the fight against the Islamic State.

by Luke Preston Allison | Mon, 07/03/2017 - 1:49pm | 0 comments

An illusion persists where people seem somehow convinced that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to kill is somehow safer or better than available alternatives.

by Daniel H. McCauley | Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:47am | 2 comments

The purpose of a national security strategy is to protect and promote national values, which, in turn, must be developed into tangible national interests and objectives.

by Joseph N. Gardner | Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:20am | 0 comments

The world has a history of repeating themes, such as the collapse of states and global unrest, about every twenty years.

by Gary M. Klein | Sun, 07/02/2017 - 12:03pm | 0 comments

To succeed in complex environments, military leaders must change their leadership from a leader-centric to a more follower-centric model.

by Bruce Stanley, by Nathan A. Jennings | Sun, 07/02/2017 - 1:24am | 0 comments

Though newly arrived in Army doctrine, the concept of operational design finds precedent in American military history.

by Keith Nightingale | Sat, 07/01/2017 - 11:12am | 2 comments

The cemetery at Omaha Beach is a lodestone for the human soul.  Its vast and manicured marble garden is an attractant that no pheromone can match.

by Philip Zager | Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:01pm | 0 comments

Mirroring the structure of the book, this review highlights some oddities in acknowledgements and abbreviations before discussing Moghadam’s model of terrorist cooperation.

by Christopher Kelly | Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:05am | 0 comments

As we pause to celebrate, it seems appropriate to consider the vital role played by the American military in the creation and growth of our nation and its impact on our world.

by Ronald W. Sprang | Tue, 06/27/2017 - 8:44am | 0 comments

A critical analysis of the contributions of the DOD and USNORTHCOM can make towards defeating transnational terror organizations with a domestic U.S. presence.

by Gary Anderson | Mon, 06/26/2017 - 7:21am | 1 comment

Concerning the sorry performance of the Afghan National Army since 2012, the military and Pentagon planners need to ask themselves some hard questions.

by Mais Haddad | Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:22pm | 0 comments

The crisis, if addressed wisely, presents a unique opportunity to advance the fight against extremist terrorist groups backed not only by Qatar, but by other countries as well.

by John Zambri | Sat, 06/17/2017 - 3:07pm | 5 comments

Development of COIN methods and application has ebbed and flowed in its effectiveness. Though many studies have been initiated, the role and impact of the peasantry has been largely overlooked.

by Bradford Burris | Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:00am | 0 comments

ISIL’s notion of a Caliphate is aligned with the concept of a community rather than of a state and strategic focus is on psychological rather than territorial control.