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Small Wars Council is the Warriors' Council for those engaged in the practice of Small Wars. Warrior in this sense is not a military term -- successful conduct of Small Wars requires consideration and coordination across the many elements of power. We are an equal opportunity site, painfully aware that we must transcend individual services, and the military in general, to take a multi-disciplinary, international, multi-cultural look at the challenges of prosecuting Small Wars in the 21st Century.

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The Small Wars Community of Interest
No discussions of current ops that may disadvantage lawful combatants.
Read a book, discuss it here with your fellow Council members.
6 72
Post and debate the news; good, bad and ugly. News ignored by the mainstream media especially welcomed here.
598 5,877
Seen something good on a blog lately? Let the rest of us know about it, and share your thoughts.
262 1,151
Events, books, new analyses, heard on the street notables, etc.
08-04-2014 Go to last post
184 1,810
Looking for something? Float your question here, and see what the community has to say in response.
562 6,857
Suggestions. Praise. New developments. Complaints. Praise. Tips & Tricks. More praise.
113 1,395
Discuss issues from the TSLC.
25 633
Small Wars Participants & Stakeholders
Speak with or about the folks in these neighborhoods of interest and practice.
Boots on the ground, steel on target -- the pointy end of the spear.
by Biggus
2 Weeks Ago Go to last post
156 9,333
Echelons away from the trigger pullers, from operational art and theater logistics to service combat development to just plain FOBbits.
157 4,998
War zone governance, and in-country political, economic, development assistance.
162 1,910
Those who put the I in indigenous.
16 180
Non-government delivery of services and relief of suffering
41 401
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Talk about (or with?) them.
141 2,124
Getting the story, dealing with those who do, and operating in the information & cyber domains. Not the news itself, that's here.
183 3,400
Too often, coalition means them and US. Broaden our US-centricity view, and talk about working together.
21 122
The application of law, order, and justice -- here, there, and everywhere / international.
142 3,272
Applied capitalism. Making money in the war zone, and the issues that go with it.
28 761
Applying the soft sciences and higher laws.
130 3,301
National will and developments back home for the intervening nations.
106 2,531
The practice of history, and historical analysis. See FAQ for where to discuss history relevant to other forums.
201 4,101
Future Competition & Conflict, Theory & Nature of Conflict, 4GW through 9?GW, Transformation, RMA, etc.
214 7,606
Conflicts -- Current & Future
No discussions of current ops that may disadvantage lawful combatants.
  Global & General
Trans-national issues and actors. Culture and the Clash of Civilizations.
138 3,988
Nations, Their Interests, and Their Competitors.
46 884
  Operation Iraqi Freedom
66 430
185 2,177
130 1,562
45 349
113 935
  Other U.S. GWOT
310 9,344
14 1,285
8 335
42 911
  Other, By Region
See BBC News for good regional news.
120 8,546
18 906
53 2,931
38 2,503
89 5,960
47 2,459
62 5,300
Military Art & Science Applied
The capabilities, functions, and issues for a military engaged in Small Wars.
Enduring doctrinal principles, what really works now (or not), and the TTPs that deliver them.
215 5,734
Developing effective, thinking, proficient Small Warriors.
277 3,468
Relevant capabilities and equipment are table stakes for winning those hearts and minds.
178 1,919
Training, advising, and operating with local armed forces in Foreign Internal Defense.
66 756
The compression of roles and effects. The Strategic Corporal meets the "turn left" National Security Advisor.
32 933
What do we know, need to know, and how do we get there?
183 1,894
Applying influence, working with civil and private agencies, dealing with non-combatants.
25 212
68 1,895

What's Going On?
Small Wars Council Statistics
Small Wars Council Statistics
Threads: 12,834, Posts: 154,987, Members: 9,381
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