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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.
9 90
Post and debate the news; good, bad and ugly. News ignored by the mainstream media especially welcomed here.
583 5,763
Seen something good on a blog lately? Let the rest of us know about it, and share your thoughts.
3 Weeks Ago Go to last post
253 1,116
Events, books, new analyses, heard on the street notables, etc.
183 1,795
Looking for something? Float your question here, and see what the community has to say in response.
554 6,700
Suggestions. Praise. New developments. Complaints. Praise. Tips & Tricks. More praise.
112 1,385
Discuss issues from the TSLC.
24 602
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 Compost
12-27-2015 Go to last post
144 9,262
Echelons away from the trigger pullers, from operational art and theater logistics to service combat development to just plain FOBbits.
151 4,899
War zone governance, and in-country political, economic, development assistance.
162 1,910
Those who put the I in indigenous.
7 42
Non-government delivery of services and relief of suffering
40 381
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Talk about (or with?) them.
129 2,051
Getting the story, dealing with those who do, and operating in the information & cyber domains. Not the news itself, that's here.
195 3,462
Too often, coalition means them and US. Broaden our US-centricity view, and talk about working together.
16 78
The application of law, order, and justice -- here, there, and everywhere / international.
131 3,505
Applied capitalism. Making money in the war zone, and the issues that go with it.
21 771
Applying the soft sciences and higher laws.
132 3,296
National will and developments back home for the intervening nations.
108 2,281
The practice of history, and historical analysis. See FAQ for where to discuss history relevant to other forums.
236 5,256
Future Competition & Conflict, Theory & Nature of Conflict, 4GW through 9?GW, Transformation, RMA, etc.
190 9,644
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.
149 5,509
Nations, Their Interests, and Their Competitors.
52 912
  Operation Iraqi Freedom
64 414
179 2,097
10-14-2011 Go to last post
125 1,276
45 349
115 1,044
  Other U.S. GWOT
296 9,599
1 1
5 209
46 953
  Other, By Region
See BBC News for good regional news.
54 Minutes Ago Go to last post
116 14,748
16 970
48 3,080
28 1,986
98 6,786
42 2,566
71 14,903
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.
201 5,129
Developing effective, thinking, proficient Small Warriors.
227 3,409
Relevant capabilities and equipment are table stakes for winning those hearts and minds.
161 1,690
Training, advising, and operating with local armed forces in Foreign Internal Defense.
56 890
The compression of roles and effects. The Strategic Corporal meets the "turn left" National Security Advisor.
19 691
What do we know, need to know, and how do we get there?
159 2,501
Applying influence, working with civil and private agencies, dealing with non-combatants.
03-18-2015 Go to last post
24 195
68 1,824

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