War on the Rocks is very selective about the submissions it accepts.  In fact, we will only rarely publish unsolicited guest contributions.

Unless we solicit a guest contribution, our guest contributors must have either:

  • Published in a peer-reviewed publication;
  • Be a military veteran;
  • Or have worked/served in a war zone in another capacity for an extended period of time (government civilian, contractor, journalist, aid worker, etc).

Our touchstone is experience.

Further, we prefer that all unsolicited pieces be book reviews or review essays. And please remember, you are not writing for an audience of experts in your subject matter.  In fact, do not assume your audience knows anything about your topic.  And please go easy on the acronyms.

If you do not meet this criteria, or you do and we decide not to publish it, it does not mean we don’t like you (we do!). It doesn’t mean we aren’t your friends (we are…or we might be!).  And it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again.

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8 Responses

  1. Terry Turner
    Terry Turner July 27, 2013 at 6:13 am · Reply

    For those wanting an outsider’s take on counterinsurgency, you might want to take a look at War of a Kind: Reflections on Counterinsurgency and Those who do it by David Donovan. Donovan, author of the well-regarded Once a Warrior King many years ago, was motivated to write his book after watching from afar the counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Referring to lessons he considers should have been well learned in Vietnam, Donovan discusses counterinsurgency, writ large, and uses personal vignettes, both from himself and others, to illustrate many of the points considered. War of a Kind is a discussion sparked by real-life actions and consequences, but it is not a technical manual. It is a book that will be of interest to both to those who work in counterinsurgency and to the general reader interested in a style of warfare that influences American foreign policy and American defense posture. War of a Kind is an ebook available at all major ebook stores.

  2. John T. Kuehn
    John T. Kuehn July 27, 2013 at 8:06 am · Reply

    WOTR: I have wounded warrior in my office. He has a wife and four kids and a 70 disability for a missing leg (in Iraq, IED, another story completely). Yesterday his two week paycheck decremented by 200$ for an already really tight budget. In another two weeks it will decrement by 400$. How many young families making it on a tight budget are doing this? looks like a lot. He is more worried, though, about losing his job than the pay cuts, but they hurt. I can go out and get a second (actually I have one already) or third job, his options are very limited because of the leg and because he does not yet have his terminal degree. And there was a tussle in Congress over the food stamp program being tied to the farm bill? But nary a whisper on stories like these? A plague on both parties

    ….food for thought.

    vr, John T Kuehn (another furloughed member of the means of production)_

  3. Richard J. Campbell
    Richard J. Campbell November 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm · Reply

    The above listed site has two things that your staff and your readers may be interested in. Please consider the following.

    The first is a series of articles that were written at the NATO COIN Training Center in Kabul between 2010 and 2012. For example, “COIN In A Box: Packaging A Wicked Problem” is an extensive review of military doctrine and scholarly literature about COIN. Most of the papers were already published on the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance web site and helped to generated the re-write of the NATO COIN and US joint COIN publication and COIN field manual.

    The second noteworthy item on the site is an up-to-date Irregular Warfare (IW) library. The references includes UN, NATO, US, and other open source doctrine and manuals about IW, CT, COIN, Stability, Unconventional Warfare, and Transnational Organized Crime (TOC). The library is up dated regularly.

    I am not particular about who visits the site. If a person is seeking information and knowledge about an IW related or TOC connected problem, I hope the site has something to offer them in that helps them to solve that problem.

    The site gets about 1000 readers in a 5 day period.

    Take care.

    Joe C.

  4. Chuck Dantes
    Chuck Dantes November 12, 2013 at 12:04 am · Reply

    What is the gouge on word limits, and providing your own images?

  5. کاوه
    کاوه February 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm · Reply

    I would like to have your permision to translate your article titled: “..IRAN, HISTORY, AND STRATEGY BY ANALOGY . . . . . Please let me know if it is alright for me to do so and I will be grateful to you. Thanks.

  6. James
    James March 22, 2014 at 9:06 am · Reply


    Hey Guys: I’m sn Army officer, but a navalist at heart. I’m over at ID a lot, but refuse to enroll in ‘Discus – and I just had a moment of clarity.

    But instead of asking to publish a piece (I’m real short on time right now), here’s some free chicken:

    Take the Carriers out of the Navy’s Budget (well, more accurately, their ship-building budget.)

    Supporters of CVN say that they are indispensable combat platforms that provide mobile/local dominance to the battlespace.

    Detractors say that they’re ASM targets just waiting to explode of the coast.

    The single point of concurrence with all of the commentary on the size/utility/relevance of the CVN fleet is that they are important instruments of national power.

    AND – the other 2 services free-ride off of them, don’t they? In fact – if we take the “futurist” detractors at their word, the navy would love to be rid of the financial burden, so that they can build Burkes and Virginia to their hearts desire.

    You want to talk about radical shake-ups of the DOD? Make the CVN program a separate line item in the DOD budget.

    …and while we’re at it – have the DOE fund the refueling program.

    So OK, brother-in-arms – have at it. And keep up the good work


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