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.

A firsthand account of the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on August 7, 1998.

Russia’s actions in Eastern Europe have revived an era of limited war. Russia uses a hybrid warfare, nascent approach to warfare which levers information to achieve...

The purpose of this article is to help tactically deployed soldiers engage in problem solving through conversational interviewing and application of qualitative methods.

Only a few examples exist where drug crops, to one degree or another, have played role in a war and where the conflict was resolved or appeared to be heading towards...

Mad Scientist # 6: Social Media is becoming a powerful tool to recruit “foreign fighters” as well as to persuade groups and individuals to perform terrorist acts...

The attritional war phase of our three modern wars is what distinguishes them from past conflicts.

Rare is the leader who has not heard the triumphant story of a man named Rowan who when tasked to deliver a message to Garcia set off and accomplished the mission.

This paper focuses on the actions of the counterinsurgent and examines several types of COIN - listing practitioners and the core requirements for success in each.

Foreign Policy named Gülen the world’s top living intellectual and described him as an inspirational leader to millions around the world and persona non grata in...

Mad Scientist # 5: The expanding use of armed, unmanned systems is not only changing the face of modern warfare, but is also altering the process of decision-making in combat...

The fluidity and adaptability of the BHG during multiple phases have made it difficult for Nigeria to evolve a coherent strategy to contain its activities.

This article argues that the proper place for new aviators to start flight training in is a simple, fixed-wing trainer.

This article is the fourth in the TRADOC/SWJ’s latest “Mad Scientist” call for papers.

One of history's most recent and successful COIN campaigns proved so successful that few, even in the military community, are aware that it ever took place.

Flynn is one of the few professional intelligence officers to cut through the fog of Obama era apologetics and tighten the focus on the war we are fighting, not wars we might...

The purpose of this paper is to discern why the Soviet Union intervened in Afghanistan, and why the United States and its allies delegated to the Mujahedin.

This article is the third in the TRADOC/SWJ’s latest “Mad Scientist” call for papers.

This article is the second in the TRADOC/SWJ’s latest “Mad Scientist” call for papers.

This is the first article in the second round of the TRADOC “Mad Scientist” call for papers.

This article presents a red team exercise that posits requirements for an Afghan Taliban victory in Afghanistan over a 5-year timeline.

Humans encroach on the wilderness, but nature extracts its own not so subtle revenge with the tools of drought and fire. Such as it is today.

Based on a request from SOCOM to the Director of the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, the author and his instructor briefed this paper and its ideas to...

Alex first reported on this issue for The Washington Times.  Here's the rest of her story.

It is important to assess the progress of the PLAAF’s degree of progress toward achieving the capabilities it requires by the early 2030s and this paper intends to do...

This article examines Islamic State’s decision-making, focusing specifically on its pivots between temporal and ideological priorities.

The role of CA in denied areas is a hotly contested topic among members of the special operations community. Feedback is mixed - in favor and against.

Only the withdrawal of American and NATO boots on the ground will begin to allow the process of near-frantic emotions to subside within Pakistan, and for the region to start...

This paper looks at the genesis, evolution and growth of the Syrian Army’s “Tiger Forces” and their leader Suheil al-Hassan.

American special operations support efforts aimed at building West African military capability over the last five years have been largely successful. 

Does the NATO treaty “automatically” require the U.S. use force to defend a NATO ally?  The short answer is “no”.