Built on the principle that open competition improves the quality of ideas, WAR ROOM features innovative and provocative articles and podcasts that explore significant challenges in national security and defense. WAR ROOM is the online journal of the United States Army War College, created through the gracious support of the U.S. Army War College Foundation. WAR ROOM is not just for the Army community. It seeks a broad audience of well-informed readers and listeners interested in national security and defense.
WAR ROOM’s content reflects the views of the authors and other contributors. These views are not necessarily those of the United States Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
WAR ROOM has a crowdsourcing approach to content generation, and relies on contributions through an open submission process.
Your submission should reflect the editorial requirements of WAR ROOM, so make sure that it conforms to our Submission Guide before submitting it.
Send your submission to our Managing Editor, Tom Galvin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAR ROOM RULES FOR WRITERS:
- Anyone can write for WAR ROOM. We are a military publication, but great writing about defense and national security is the only qualification. (It helps if your article shows that you read the Submission Guide.)
- Be concise. Have a point, and get to the point in fewer than 2,000 words. Our preferred length is 1,200-1,800 words.
- Write for the educated generalist. Do not use acronyms that you would not see in the New York Times, and avoid military jargon.
- Keep it interesting. We follow what we call “the inverse Thumper rule”: If you only got nice things to say, don’t say nothin’ at all. (That said, no ad hominem attacks.)
- Support assertions with facts from legitimate sources. Cite using hyperlinks. Make sure to cite any factual assertions that are not common knowledge, and cite references to other people’s work, and cite using hyperlinks (it’s easy). When in doubt, cite. Please make sure you accurately represent the facts. Bernard Baruch said, “Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.”
- Think outside the news cycle. Six months from now, your work should still be interesting to readers.
For U.S. Government Employees:
Per Department of Defense (DoD) policy, military members (whether active or reserve) and civilians must clear any articles with their local public affairs office prior to submission to WAR ROOM. Include with your submission an appropriate disclaimer that the article represents solely the author’s views and not necessarily those of DoD. Employees of other government agencies (federal, state, or local) are advised to follow the public release guidelines of their agency before submitting their article to WAR ROOM.
WAR ROOM RULES FOR EDITORS:
- We will maintain editorial neutrality. In reviewing your work, we have no agenda apart from advancing a productive, public discourse about important ideas in U.S. defense and national security. We welcome perspectives that are thoughtfully critical of the U.S. Army or other elements of the national security community. We also welcome thoughtful defenses of those organizations or their policies.
- We provide respectful, supportive, and responsive editorial reviews. Writers have numerous options for publishing their work. WAR ROOM must be an attractive choice.
Readers are also welcome to nominate potential Whiteboard questions, or even collaborate with peers in submitting an initial Whiteboard of their own. Ideally, a Whiteboard will feature a clear, concise question of self-evident significance, and at least four (and no more than six) different contributors offering their perspectives in 250-300 words.
GOT AN IDEA FOR A PODCAST?
A BETTER PEACE is the WAR ROOM Podcast program, dedicated to informative and insightful conversations on all matters of national security policy and strategy, warfighting, strategic leadership, and defense management. We welcome suggestions for A BETTER PEACE episode. The best topics involve the discussion of multiple perspectives, or exploration and criticism of a prevailing view — ideally a topic that can occupy 15-30 entertaining minutes. We avoid simple informational presentations. Send your ideas to the Editor of A BETTER PEACE, Dr. Jacqueline Whitt.
If you have questions, contact us. We want to hear from you. Contact us as the following e-mail addresses: