This website is a collection of the work and writings of ML (Matt) Cavanaugh. It contains essays and ideas that fall into about three phases. It began as a rough-and-tumble personal blog from 2010 to 2012. Its second phase was as a website dedicated to the study of the use of force, WarCouncil.org, from late-2013 to mid-2015 (material that has also since migrated to form the original backbone of the Modern War Institute’s Commentary & Analysis site).
Nowadays, this site hosts a wider variety of pieces, published elsewhere or privately written, on strategy in particular or life in general, that have come from Matt’s mind (and pen). Some posts feature the spoken-word, like a year-long series of personal and historical essays (“Peak Perspectives” and “Peak Past”) for National Public Radio’s Colorado Springs’ affiliate, KRCC (2020-2021). There’s also book projects Cavanaugh spearheaded as an author and lead-editor, two anthologies on fiction and war, Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict (Potomac, 2018), and Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict (Potomac, 2019).