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.

Connecting Air Support Acquisitions and National Strategy: The Case for Again Fielding a Light Air Support Aircraft

The Art of Restraining the Knife: Understanding the Limits of Drone Strikes in Pakistan

The post-Iraq and Afghanistan US national security environment is predictably yearning for a renewed era of engagement.

Aid Dependence In Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy by Sophal Ear. SWJ book review by John Wilcox.

A Partnership Forged in Hell: A Non-traditional Approach to Assured Mobility and Security Force Assistance in the Devil’s Elbow

Using lessons learned from the PRU and PRT teams, how does an interagency organization improve its collaboration and cooperation in future engagements?

In 2012, the U.S. Border Patrol transitioned from a resource-based to a new, risk-based approach for measuring border security and informing planning efforts along U.S....

This essay argues that General George S. Patton Jr. was a proficient practitioner of small wars in three different contexts.

If the US allows Afghanistan to slip from its grasp, it opens the door in classic Great Game theory to other powers.

Saving the Kiowa: A Case for Augmenting the Reconnaissance and Security Brigade with the Aviation it Needs

NATO’s Post ISAF Challenges and the Danger of a Hollow Alliance: SWJ Interview with Dr. Andrew A. Michta

Mega cities will complicate and greatly challenge Army urban combat missions in the 2030-2040 timeframe.

The words,”put up or shut up” come to mind when talking about the advisor mission.

America’s recent counterinsurgency campaigns have caused a disconnect between strategic and foreign policy objectives.

Continuing the Fight: How New Joint Doctrine Advances the Counterinsurgency Debate

Lessons From Previous Competitive Strategies: SWJ Interview with Thomas G. Mahnken

More than Weather: The Strategic Importance of Remote Environmental Monitoring Capabilities to DOD.

U.S.-Iran Rapprochement: A Counterintuitive Alternative to Thirty-five Years of Distrust

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 16: Recent Santa Muerte Spiritual Conflict Trends

How much Army is enough and too much? The essence of the argument, the size of the active Army, puts the cart before the horse.

Part 7 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014...

Part 6 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014...

Part 5 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014...

Absent an effective U.S. counterbalance, Sunnis in Anbar have returned to old alliances with al Qaeda and other sympathetic resistance forces.

Part 4 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014...

Part 3 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014...

Much is at stake as to whether the United States officially accepts R2P as an international norm.

Part 2 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014...

Moviegoers looking for realistic portrayal of SOF commandos will not be disappointed by Peter Berg’s ...

Part 1 of a series that provides a retrospective look at the first year of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Sexenio with comments on the prospects for 2014...