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Decisionmaking in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: Removing Saddam Hussein by Force, by Dr. Steven Metz. Edited by Professor John R. Martin. The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased to initiate its latest monograph series, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Key Decisions. SSI started this project in an effort to give leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces some important insights into how military advice was provided to the Nation’s civilian leadership during the many years--including the months before the invasion--of the war in Iraq. Dr. Metz starts this series with an impressive review of the decision to remove Saddam Hussein by force. The Strategic Studies Institute hopes that this and the succeeding monographs will generate debate on just how the United States made decisions about Iraq. The resulting better understanding of the decisions should lead to strengthening of the processes--where appropriate--so that the military and civilian leadership forge better decisions in the future.

Teaching Strategy: Challenge and Response, by Dr. Gabriel Marcella. No subject is more essential in the preparation of national security professionals and military leaders than the teaching of strategy, from grand to military strategy. Nor is there one that is more timeless and intellectually demanding. The questions dealing with teaching strategy--why we should study it, what we should teach, and how we should teach it--may bear most directly on the system of PME. However, the answers need to be applied much more broadly across a wider range of our society today. For only then can we expect to regain strategic competence, not just in the crisis of the moment but in a sustained manner well into the 21st century. The contributions to this edited volume will advance that society-wide discussion and debate. This book should stimulate discussion and introspection that will in time enhance the security of our nation.

Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy for Success: Developing Talent, by Colonel Casey Wardynski, Major David S. Lyle, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso. The U.S. Army is almost universally acknowledged as an organization that powerfully develops talent in areas such as leadership, teamwork behavior, work ethics, adaptability, fitness, and many others. Employers know that the Army invests substantially in its people, and that this investment translates directly into enhanced productivity. Despite this well-earned reputation, however, are the Army’s current officer development programs equal to tomorrow’s challenges? Does it suffer from a growing imbalance in talent supply versus demand? Perhaps most importantly, is there an effective relationship between its developmental and employment strategies?

Lashkar-I-Taiba: The Fallacy of Subservient Proxies and the Future of Islamist Terrorism in India, by Dr. Ryan Clarke. When it comes to the analysis of Islamist terrorism, the vast majority of attention is given to the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan while the remainder goes towards Southeast Asia, namely Indonesia, and "homegrown" terrorism in the West. This unbalanced approach has resulted in a critical deficit in knowledge regarding the growth of the phenomenon in India, a country which faces the challenge of having to tackle Islamist terrorists based in Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as in India itself. What is clear is that the Pakistan based Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) has taken the leading role in spreading its terrorist infrastructure well outside of its original theater, Kashmir, and throughout the whole of India. Inadequate attention has especially been given to LeT’s connections with organized criminal syndicates in India, as well as Indian terrorists themselves. This paper aims to fill this gap and to enhance American understanding of this powerful and sophisticated organization that is set to pose a major challenge to stability and American interests in South Asia and elsewhere.

Synchronizing U.S. Government Efforts toward Collaborative Health Care Policymaking in Iraq, by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas S. Bundt. A primary catalyst in achieving our strategic ends in Iraq is through the formulation of a consolidated and cooperative strategic health care policy to enable the successful operation of the Iraqi health care system. An often-cited criticism of U.S. policy, however, is that after the end of major hostilities and transition into stabilization operations, we fall short in post-conflict planning and execution. This analysis highlights some of these operational deficiencies, and it provides recommendations for achieving a more coordinated, functional, and thereby synchronous strategic health care policy. These proposals will enable the U.S. Government (USG) to address health policy operations in stabilization and transitional phase contexts currently and in the future.

 
Monthly Op-Ed
The Goose and the Gander, by Dr. Cori E. Dauber.

What is War?
The 2010 U.S. Army War College Strategy Conference, "Defining War for the 21st Century," brings together the world's foremost experts to examine this critical issue of the post-September 11 world. See the conference website for the tentative agenda and other information.

Of Interest
Put Warning Bells on World Finance, by Dr. Leif Rosenberger, Economic Adviser to General David H. Petraeus

Counternarcotics Operations in Afghanistan: The Coin of the Realm, by COL Louis H. Jordan

Events
Virtual Conference: The Future of the U.S. Army Officer Corps
The Vice Chief of Staff of the Army needs you in the discussion on developing an officer corps strategy.
Developing Talent: March 29 - May 1, 2010
Employing Talent: May 2 - June 1, 2010

Annual Strategy Conference: Defining War for the 21st Century
April 6-8, 2010 - Carlisle, PA

Forging a U.S.-Brazil Strategic Partnership
Tentative: Early May, 2010 - Washington, DC

2010: Preparing for a Mid-Term Assessment of Leadership and National Security Reform in the Obama Administration
April 22, 2010 - Washington, DC

Brazil's New Security Strategy and Defense Doctrine
May 13, 2010 - Washington, DC

2010 Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium
May 25-26, 2010 - Miami, FL

Security and Governance: Foundations for International Stability
June 21-23, 2010 - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

News
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On March 4, Dr. Cori Dauber briefed staff from the House Armed Services Committee, Sub-Committee on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, on her monograph "You Tube Wars." The next day, she briefed several members from the Department of Defense Public Affairs Office, Public Communications Office, and the Counterterrorism Department.

On March 15, Dr. Antulio Echevarria participated in the Schlesinger Working Group on Strategic Surprise at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

COL G. Alex Crowther returned to SSI from a one-year tour in Iraq as the Deputy Policy Advisor for the Deputy Commanding General for Operations.

Coming Soon
Criminal Sovereignty: Understanding North Korea’s Illicit International Activities, by Paul Rexton Kan, Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., and Robert M. Collins

Thinking about Nuclear Power in Post-Saddam Iraq, by Norman Cigar

Shades of CORDS in the Kush: The False Hope of "Unity of Effort" in American Counterinsurgency, by Henry Nuzum

The State-Owned Enterprise as a Vehicle for Stability, by Neil Efird

The Construction of Liberal Democracy: The Role of Civil-Military Institutions in State and Nation Building in West Germany and South Africa, by Jack J. Porter

Short of General War: Perspectives on the Use of Military Power in the 21st Century, by Dr. Rich Yarger, ed.

Decisionmaking in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: The Strategic Shift of 2007, by Steven Metz

Endgame for the West in Afghanistan? Explaining the Decline in Support for the War in Afghanistan in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, France and Germany, by Charles A Miller

Crime, Violence, and the Crisis in Guatemala: A Case Study in the Erosion of the State, by Hal Brands

Sufism in Northern Nigeria: A Force for Counter-Radicalization? by Jonathan N. C. Hill

Human Intelligence (HUMINT): All Humans, All Minds, All the Time, by Robert D. Steele

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