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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 94
Post and debate the news; good, bad and ugly. News ignored by the mainstream media especially welcomed here.
566 5,583
Seen something good on a blog lately? Let the rest of us know about it, and share your thoughts.
200 1,189
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.
1 Day Ago Go to last post
565 6,810
Suggestions. Praise. New developments. Complaints. Praise. Tips & Tricks. More praise.
110 1,332
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.
145 9,385
Echelons away from the trigger pullers, from operational art and theater logistics to service combat development to just plain FOBbits.
154 4,960
War zone governance, and in-country political, economic, development assistance.
161 1,916
Those who put the I in indigenous.
7 42
Non-government delivery of services and relief of suffering
33 390
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Talk about (or with?) them.
132 2,084
Getting the story, dealing with those who do, and operating in the information & cyber domains. Not the news itself, that's here.
198 4,351
Too often, coalition means them and US. Broaden our US-centricity view, and talk about working together.
17 79
The application of law, order, and justice -- here, there, and everywhere / international.
131 3,664
Applied capitalism. Making money in the war zone, and the issues that go with it.
21 777
Applying the soft sciences and higher laws.
134 3,267
National will and developments back home for the intervening nations.
112 2,923
The practice of history, and historical analysis. See FAQ for where to discuss history relevant to other forums.
244 5,420
Future Competition & Conflict, Theory & Nature of Conflict, 4GW through 9?GW, Transformation, RMA, etc.
198 9,813
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.
by AdamG
1 Week Ago Go to last post
148 5,885
Nations, Their Interests, and Their Competitors.
56 979
  Operation Iraqi Freedom
64 414
by AdamG
1 Day Ago Go to last post
179 2,108
10-14-2011 Go to last post
125 1,276
44 342
113 1,039
  Other U.S. GWOT
296 9,637
1 1
5 209
42 931
  Other, By Region
See BBC News for good regional news.
117 27,589
16 1,024
46 3,139
31 2,172
100 6,918
45 2,748
74 20,281
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.
195 5,204
Developing effective, thinking, proficient Small Warriors.
228 3,431
Relevant capabilities and equipment are table stakes for winning those hearts and minds.
158 1,692
Training, advising, and operating with local armed forces in Foreign Internal Defense.
58 925
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 2,607
Applying influence, working with civil and private agencies, dealing with non-combatants.
22 193
73 1,848

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