Small Wars Journal


The Kingston Consortium on International Security: Beyond Direct Action: A Counter Threat Finance Approach to Competition



The Politics of Special Forces Podcast:

Riley.C.Murray Fri, 04/09/2021 - 3:09am
U.S. Army Arctic Strategy – March 16, 2021

US Army Document - Regaining Arctic Dominance:


The U.S. Army has announced its new arctic strategy. The strategy outlines how the Army will generate, train, organize, and equip its forces to secure U.S. national interests and maintain regional stability.



  • Establish a two-star headquarters with specifically trained and equipped combat brigades
  • Improve material readiness of Arctic-capable units
  • Improve individual and collective training in mountainous and high-altitude environments
  • Improve quality of life for Soldiers, civilians, and families living and working in the Arctic region


SOF News Analysis on the New Strategy:


Riley.C.Murray Sat, 03/20/2021 - 1:08pm
United States Nuclear Strategy: Deterrence, Escalation and War SWJED Tue, 01/28/2020 - 9:01am
Above all, such planning ought never be just a calculable contest of "mind over matter," never just a vainly reassuring inventory of comparative weaponization or presumptively superior "order of battle." Unless this point is more completely and quickly understood by senior US strategic policymakers, the next change of hands on the "Doomsday Clock" (at The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) could take place at three seconds before midnight.
Targeting Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Pertinent Issues of Law and Strategy SWJED Mon, 10/28/2019 - 11:00am
The US targeted killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on 26 October 2019 raises both tactical and legal questions. Although it is by no means certain that such "decapitation" tactics can tangibly diminish Jihadist terrorist threats to the United States, there is little reason to doubt their permissibility under pertinent international law. In the final analysis, such permissibility derives from our world's still-decentralized legal structure.
Integrating National Defense and Security Strategies to Win Complex Wars SWJED Mon, 09/16/2019 - 5:34pm
As a follow-on to "The US National Security Strategy Needs Combined Effects", this paper shows how combinations of US National Security Strategy (NSS) effects can integrate US National Defense Strategy (NDS) objectives to create strategically significant advantages.
U.S. Grand Strategy is Alive and Well - The Evidence is Happening All Around Us SWJED Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:08am
A multipolar view of the world inclines far more towards justice than one in which the U.S. jealousy protects her position. The British and French are firmly in the U.S. and NATO camps, and are defending their democracies, not docile parroting of the U.S. position. In Asia, Liberalism is anchored by Korea, Japan and Australia in a grand arc. This is not the work of Trump, but the sum of endless work over decades to make the U.S. safer. Recent events are vindication of this ‘offshoring’ strategy.
Pursuing a Strategy for Yesterday’s War SWJED Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:08pm
Exploiting America’s openness and diversity, various state and non-state actors have encouraged large segments of the population to mobilize against one another and the government to address a wide range of social and political grievances. These efforts have increased civil unrest and created extensive polarization that now defines the American social and political landscape. Not only have they effectively chipped away at any semblance of national unity, they have created conditions that make it socially and politically unacceptable to cooperate or engage in meaningful dialogue with people who hold opposing views.
Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding of Lethality SWJED Mon, 02/11/2019 - 5:41am
This article argues that a more comprehensive understanding of lethality is necessary to improve US strategic performance in present and future wars. We argue that central to lethality at the strategic level is influence. LtGen (ret) James Dubik emphasized foreign influence operations as the #1 strategic-level preparation civilian and military leaders must make for the next war. To view lethality only through a physical lens limits its full potential. Take the example of the Vietnam War.
Towards Post-Strategy? The Hard Intervention of Artificial Intelligence on Military Thought SWJED Fri, 12/28/2018 - 6:08pm
This essay considers the influence of artificial intelligence (AI) on the future of strategic thought. Specifically, it assesses the prospects of a new ‘post-strategy’ era dominated by AI and new technologies.
From Reagan to Entropy: The Need for a U.S. National Technology Based Strategy SWJED Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:57pm

The U.S. government, corporate America, academia and the U.S. Joint Armed Forces must design a policy, strategy and doctrine for a “Whole of Nation” approach for the conduct of warfare.