Small Wars Journal

The Small Wars Journal (SWJ) is an online magazine focusing on intrastate conflict. Aside from its online magazine, SWJ hosts an accompanying blog and the Small Wars Council discussion board.[1] Other site features include an online reference library, recommended reading and event listings. The magazine is published by the Small Wars Foundation, a non-profit corporation.[2]

Small Wars Journal
EditorDave Dilegge
CategoriesCounter-insurgency, military science
PublisherSmall Wars Foundation
Year founded2005
CountryUnited States
Based inBethesda, Maryland

The title refers to the 1940 United States Marine Corps Small Wars Manual, which used "small wars" as a catch-all term for unconventional and guerrilla warfare, also encompassing foreign internal defense (FID), military operations other than war (MOOTW), and military operations in urban terrain (MOUT).[3]


The Small Wars Journal is an evolution of the MOUT Homepage, Urban Operations Journal, and, all formerly run by SWJ's editor-in-chief Dave Dilegge.[3]

Tribal Engagement WorkshopEdit

On March 24 and 25, 2010, the Small Wars Foundation conducted a Tribal Engagement Workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The workshop was cosponsored by the Small Wars Foundation, the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Irregular Warfare Center, the U.S. Marine Corps Center for Irregular Warfare, the U.S. Army / U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, and Noetic Group. The objectives of the Tribal Engagement Workshop were to evaluate the value and feasibility of a tribal engagement approach in Afghanistan, assess the secondary effects adoption of a tribal engagement strategy would have on the political and military situation and to identify the operational components of a tribal engagement approach in Afghanistan.[4]


Rolling Stone magazine recognized SWJ in their 2009 "Hot List" edition.[5]

A 2012 SWJ article caused controversy in its exploration of a hypothetical military operation in which an extremist group sympathetic to the Tea Party movement takes over Darlington, South Carolina and clashes with federal troops.[6] Conservative groups criticized the article, suggesting it reflected misplaced priorities.[7][8]


  1. ^ Canyon Meyer, Michael (31 December 2010). "Small Wars Journal". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Foundation". Small Wars Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Evans, Ryan (12 May 2014). "5 Questions With Dave Dilegge on Small Wars and Coin Cocktails". War on the Rocks. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Tribal Engagement Workshop". Small Wars Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The Rolling Stone 2009 Hot List". Rolling Stone. 28 May 2009. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  6. ^ Benson, Kevin; Weber, Jennifer (2012). "Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A 'Vision' of the Future". Small Wars Journal. Small Wars Foundation. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Editorial: The Civil War of 2016". The Washington Times. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  8. ^ Peck, Michael (15 November 2012). "How the U.S. Military Would Crush a Tea Party Rebellion". Forbes. Retrieved 19 November 2012.

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