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Journal Articles are typically longer works with more more analysis than the news and short commentary in the SWJ Blog.

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by Bradley L. Rees | Thu, 03/15/2018 - 2:12am | 2 comments
This article explores the progression of Western, and specifically United States, military thinking and warfighting philosophies. It centers on the utility of information, information warfare, and information in war; the operational framework and battlefield geometry by which military forces are employed; and posits that a new conceptual construct is required to better frame contemporary and more importantly future warfare.
by Robert Bunker | Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:55pm | 2 comments
This research guide has been created for Small Wars Journal readers to aid in their understanding of the plutocratic insurgency construct and explain how it is related to the earlier criminal insurgency construct which has been the focus of numerous El Centro works over the last decade.
by Mallory H. Walton | Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:30am | 0 comments
For girls, and women in particular, education can be a source of empowerment and they can serve as a catalyst for societies emerging after decades of civil unrest.
by Robert Zager, by John Zager | Sun, 03/11/2018 - 3:42pm | 0 comments
In this paper the authors review the Cyber Threat Framework and propose an extension to the Cyber Threat Framework which integrates cyber threats with cyber defenses.
by Doyle Quiggle | Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:44pm | 0 comments
The first Small Wars Journal review of seven on this classic of the war in Vietnam.
by Alan M. Hammons | Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:44am | 0 comments
If JPG leaders follow the general rules for fact and assumption development, they are likely to create valuable and relevant facts and assumptions faster and with less wasted effort.
by Greg Kleponis | Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:30am | 3 comments

Temporareality is a strange military internal sub-culture that I have personally observed for over 16 years in 4 post 9-11 deployments.

by Robert Bunker | Wed, 03/07/2018 - 8:56pm | 0 comments

The intent of the work is to develop a theory and philosophy behind the narco-killings taking place in contemporary Mexico.

by Howard R. Simkin | Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:52am | 0 comments

Article two of two in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Patrick Blannin | Wed, 03/07/2018 - 8:34am | 0 comments

Confidence building measures rely on four key components: Reputation, Status, Transparency & Trust. In theory, when RTS2 combine to establish sustainable CBMs, regional conflicts can be prevented.

by Lyle D. Burgoon | Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:23am | 0 comments

The deployment of automated weapons systems poses significant ethical challenges, especially jus in bello.

by Kyle Amonson | Tue, 03/06/2018 - 7:29am | 0 comments

One key purpose of this study is to analyze and assess how Daesh’s actions as a non-state actor either supported or hindered their goals of establishing a religious caliphate.

by Sunny Petzinger | Mon, 03/05/2018 - 1:57am | 2 comments

A nexus of policy guidance meant to protect the defense industry, reduce weapons proliferation and improve financial accountability has hamstrung ANDSF materiel procurement.

by Ralph Tillinghast | Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:06am | 0 comments

Article one of two in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Ronald D. Walck, by Fred E. Martin Jr. | Sun, 03/04/2018 - 1:21am | 0 comments

The increased proliferation of information collection technologies is becoming a threat to the Army’s Mission Command Philosophy.

by Matthew Martin | Sat, 03/03/2018 - 1:42am | 0 comments

A key to potentially improving influence efforts may be found in economics, in a concept called Consumption Theory.

by Suat Cubukcu | Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:32am | 0 comments

Erdogan has instigated an irregular and Iranian-like militia structure that helps him control streets, inflict oppression and carry out covert operations against dissident political groups.

by Alfred C. Crane III | Fri, 03/02/2018 - 8:08pm | 0 comments

The latest article in the Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Doyle Quiggle | Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:23am | 0 comments

Since the end of the Barre era, no Somali leader or group of leaders has managed to de-clan the Somali National Army, which is why it remains dysfunctional today.

by Anant Mishra | Thu, 03/01/2018 - 8:51pm | 0 comments

Intelligence agencies in Afghanistan are failing to collect high-value information that could be beneficial to Afghan’s domestic security.

by George Galdorisi | Wed, 02/28/2018 - 3:58pm | 0 comments

The types of unmanned systems the Department of the Navy should acquire are those systems that directly support naval expeditionary forces that must conduct forcible entry operations.

by Conor McCormick-Cavanagh | Wed, 02/28/2018 - 2:08pm | 0 comments

The U.S. military resumed its counterterrorism mission in the Philippines in September 2017. This new operation comes on the heels of the rise of ISIS-linked groups.

by Erik Goepner | Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:38am | 3 comments

I argue that the war endures, in large part, because national security policy makers, military operators, and think tank scholars have embraced several false assumptions.

by Michael Trumbo | Tue, 02/27/2018 - 8:02am | 0 comments

Article three of three in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Malcolm Beith | Mon, 02/26/2018 - 7:59pm | 0 comments

N’Dala was 37-years-old when he died on Jan. 2, 2014 in an ambush. He had earned the trust and respect of his fellow soldiers, UN troops and the Congolese population.

by Lydia Kostopoulos | Mon, 02/26/2018 - 5:59pm | 0 comments

Article two of three in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Hamid Lellou | Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:07am | 1 comment

Northern Mali has been living in perpetual and unfulfilled postwar reconstruction phases due to repeated unsuccessful national reconciliations.

by J. Overton | Sun, 02/25/2018 - 8:01pm | 0 comments

I pulled out "Cold Cash War" again recently, as it reached its 40th birthday this year, and to my surprise found elements of it held up well enough that I thought they deserved to be shared.

by Michael H. Hoffman | Sun, 02/25/2018 - 6:52pm | 0 comments

Article one of three in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Ronald W. Sprang | Sat, 02/24/2018 - 2:08pm | 0 comments

Operational art and deep-operations theory in Russia traces its theoretical beginning to Napoleon’s six-month campaign in 1812.

by Robert Bunker, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by John P. Sullivan | Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:18am | 0 comments

The military oversight is the first federal intervention where federal forces took command in a Brazilian state since the return to democracy in 1988.

by Eric Hovey | Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:40pm | 0 comments

Article five of five in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Tyler Sweatt | Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:23pm | 0 comments

Article four of five in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Joseph Davis | Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:07am | 0 comments

Psychological Warfare, the most potent weapon leveraged by both sides in the 1947 to present Arab-Israeli conflict, finally gets the attention it deserves.

by Gregg Campbell | Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:26am | 0 comments

Article three of five in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Brett Sylvia, by Aaron Childers, by Ryan Wylie | Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:41am | 0 comments

There is no perfect way to reorganize for advising, but the lessons utilized by TF Strike are undeniably pertinent as the Army considers the organization and employment of SFABs.

by Chuck Heard | Thu, 02/22/2018 - 9:23am | 0 comments

Article two of five in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Amber S. Linde, by David M. Thompson | Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:21pm | 0 comments

Article one of five in the latest Mad Scientist at Small Wars Journal series.

by Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:14pm | 0 comments

Two anti-personnel mines (minas antipersonales) were recovered from suspected members of the Cartel del Golfo (Gulf Cartel) in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Wed, 02/21/2018 - 8:14am | 0 comments

This incident has the potential to raise the stakes in the contest between the CJNG and the Mexican state following what is essentially tantamount to a CJNG declaration of war.

by Keith Nightingale | Tue, 02/20/2018 - 5:22pm | 2 comments

Edited by Richard Kolb, this book is the VFWs’ contribution to the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

by Kiril Avramov | Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:28am | 1 comment

The “Grozny model” promises security and prosperity to the loyal Syrian enclaves, if they accept the distinct features of “Chechenization”.

by Asim Yousafzai | Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:16pm | 4 comments

Voices of resentment and marginalization are loud and clear, the participants seem determined to have their voices heard. Can this protest prove be an eye-opener for the Pakistani elite?

by Jens Flinch Jørgensen, by Melanie Sofia Hartvigsen | Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:08am | 0 comments

While western hostages around the world easily make headlines, the local prisoners in conflicts are less reported on and even less often identified.

by Donald C. Bolduc | Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:06am | 23 comments

Africa matters because an unstable Africa is not in the world’s best interest.  To keep Africa stable will require a long-term international effort.

by John Bolton | Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:59am | 3 comments

America lacks both serious consideration about the ends America seeks in deploying its sons and daughters across the globe and the way it is achieving our stated ends.

by Antonio Garcia | Tue, 02/06/2018 - 5:34am | 1 comment

This article is a continuation of the research published in the author's previous paper, ‘United Nations Peacekeeping Offensive Operations: Theory and Doctrine’.

by Njdeh Asisian | Tue, 02/06/2018 - 4:05am | 0 comments

There are many competing factors involved in this crisis which could create challenges to regional security should diplomatic tools fail to solve their differences.

by T. Casey Fleming, by Eric L. Qualkenbush, by Anthony M. Chapa | Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:38am | 2 comments

Top Threat to Business, National Security and the American Dream: Detailing the New Global Competitive Model Based on Cyber and Asymmetrical Hybrid Warfare

by Joe Evans, by Akriti Rana | Sun, 02/04/2018 - 2:52pm | 0 comments

Military planning can incorporate gender related factors to promote peacebuilding and mitigate the effects of conflict and can be applied to ongoing operations or in post-conflict situations.