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28 Publications Found in 2018

Added November 05, 2018
Type: Letort Papers
Creating Great Expectations: Strategic Communications and American Airpower
Authored by Dr. Conrad C. Crane.
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Americans have always been uniquely attracted to airpower, a fact that has been successfully exploited by generations of U.S. Air Force leaders in information campaigns. But as a result, the nation has often entered conflicts with exorbitant expectations about what airpower could actually accomplish, creating unique challenges in strategic communications when promises did not match reality, especially in recent conflicts. Adaptive enemies have also become very adept at using their own carefully crafted information campaigns to counter what is America’s greatest asymmetric advantage on the battlefield.
Added October 23, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Better Late Than Never
Authored by Dr. M. Chris Mason.
Added October 23, 2018
Type: Monograph
Silent Partners: Organized Crime, Irregular Groups, and Nation-States
Authored by Dr. Shima D. Keene.
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This monograph provides an assessment of the threat posed by the partnership between criminal organizations, irregular groups, and nation-states to U.S. national security interests, and recommends ways in which it can be countered by the U.S. Army.
Added October 18, 2018
Type: Monograph
Assessing the Collective Security Treaty Organization: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities
Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has become the most important multilateral defense structure in the former Soviet Union and is an essential instrument in Russia’s resurgence. CSTO has expanded its missions, authorities, and capabilities. However, it faces both internal and external challenges, especially debilitating divisions among its members.
Added October 03, 2018
Type: Monograph
Maintaining Information Dominance in Complex Environments
Authored by Dr. John A. S. Ardis, Dr. Shima D. Keene.
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The monograph suggests a risk-based approach to developing an advanced information warfare capability for the U.S. Army. It also proposes that complexity and uncertainty in the information environment be exploited rather than considered a barrier. The authors recommend the development of a series of operational architectures and categories, which abandon the conventional single-outcome strategies of current military deception and embrace complex engagements in a connected and dynamic battlespace.
Added September 27, 2018
Type: Monograph
The Relevance of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the United States in the 21st Century
Authored by Dr. Joel R. Hillison.
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The “America First” approach to foreign policy seems to call into question the value of institutions like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU). However, in a more competitive and uncertain strategic environment, NATO and the EU remain vital to promoting U.S. interests.
Added September 26, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: ISIS in Libya: A Threat or a Dead-End?
Authored by Dr. Azeem Ibrahim.
Added September 25, 2018
Type: Monograph
Exit Strategy: Rule of Law and the U.S. Army
Authored by Dr. Shima D. Keene.
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This monograph highlights the importance of establishing effective and sustainable rule of law institutions and practices in post-conflict states, and describes how the U.S. Army could better achieve that goal as part of its strategy for withdrawal from conflict.
Added September 24, 2018
Type: Other
A Security Role for the United States in a Post-ISIS Syria?
Authored by Mr. Gregory Aftandilian.
Syria has become one of the most vexing and complex problems for U.S. strategic planners in recent times. Currently, the United States has about 2,000 troops in the northeastern part of the country whose primary mission has been to aid the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up primarily of Kurds and some Arab tribesmen, to fight ISIS. The near total defeat of ISIS in Syria, especially with the fall of its so-called caliphate capital in Raqqa in October 2017, might seem to suggest that the military mission is coming to an end and, therefore, the United States should pull out its troops. Indeed, President Donald Trump stated publicly in late March 2018, that he wanted these troops to come home “very soon.” However, since that time, the U.S. President has backtracked from this statement after receiving advice from several of his top military advisers, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, some foreign leaders like French President Emanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and influential members of Congress, such as Senator Lindsey Graham, all of whom have recommended that the President keep these troops in Syria.
Added September 20, 2018
Type: Monograph
The Dual-System Problem in Complex Conflicts
Authored by Dr. Robert D. Lamb, Ms. Melissa R. Gregg.
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Conflict and fragile environments are increasingly complex and unpredictable, but the U.S. policy system itself is much more complex and unpredictable than most leaders appreciate. In this monograph, the authors argue that until we get a grasp on this “dual-system problem,” the United States will fall further and further behind in its strategic ambitions.
Added September 05, 2018
Type: Monograph
Impacts of Anti-Access/Area Denial Measures on Space Systems: Issues and Implications for Army and Joint Forces
Authored by Mr. Jeffrey L. Caton.
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The 2018 National Defense Strategy and National Space Strategy both reaffirm the vital interests that the United States has in the domain of space. However, space remains an inherently hostile environment that has become congested, contested, and competitive among the nations. What are ways for the U.S. Army to assure the success of its space-dependent warfighting functions in an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment where space systems are degraded for significant periods of time?
Added August 22, 2018
Type: Book
Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, Second Edition
Authored by Mr. Henry D. Sokolski.
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Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, Second Edition explores what nuclear future we may face over the next 3 decades and how we currently think about this future. Will nuclear weapons spread in the next 20 years to more nations than just North Korea and possibly Iran? How dire will the consequences be? What might help us avoid the worst?
Added August 20, 2018
Type: Monograph
2018-20 Key Strategic Issues List
Edited by LTC Charles A. Carlton.
For over a decade, the USAWC has published the Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) to inform students, faculty, and external research associates of strategic topics requiring research and analysis. A subset of these topics, designated as Chief of Staff of the Army special interest topics, consists of those which demand special attention. The USAWC will address these as Integrated Research Projects and other research efforts. The USAWC in coordination with Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA), major commands throughout the Army, and the joint and interagency community have developed the remaining Army Priorities for Strategic Analysis. The KSIL will help prioritize strategic research and analysis that USAWC students and faculty, USAWC Fellows, and external researchers conduct to link their research efforts and results more effectively to the Army's highest priority topics.
Added August 08, 2018
Type: Book
Radical Islamist English-Language Online Magazines: Research Guide, Strategic Insights, and Policy Response
Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Pamela Ligouri Bunker.
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This Strategic Studies Institute book provides a comprehensive research guide to radical Islamist English-language online magazines, eBooks, and assorted radical Islamist news magazines, reports, and pocketbooks published between April-May 2007 and November 2016, and generates strategic insights and policy response options.
Added July 31, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Learning from the Military’s Weinstein Moment
Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong.
Added July 27, 2018
Type: Other
Current Russia Military Affairs: Assessing and Countering Russian Strategy, Operational Planning, and Modernization
Edited by Dr. John R. Deni.
What are the key strategic objectives, operational planning tenets, and force modernization goals of the Russian Federation? This collection of short essays includes the key insights and recommendations presented by featured speakers during a one-day, invite-only workshop conducted in Washington, DC on May 1, 2018 in support of U.S. European Command.
Added July 26, 2018
Type: Monograph
New Directions in Just-War Theory
Authored by Dr. J. Toby Reiner.
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One of the major developments in international law since World War II is the growth of human rights law dedicated to ensuring the protection of individuals from violence wherever they are, including from their own state. Tracking such changes, in recent decades, just-war theory has evolved from its traditional focus on state sovereignty in the direction of a rights-based approach that treats just wars as a form of global law enforcement. This monograph provides a survey of these developments, focusing on the increased scope for humanitarian intervention, principles of justice after war, and on the question of the responsibility of combatants for assessing the justice of their military's cause. It concludes by considering the call for strengthening international institutions and training programs in military ethics.
Added May 23, 2018
Type: Monograph
Friendly Force Dilemmas in Europe: Challenges Within and Among Intergovernmental Organizations and the Implications for the U.S. Army
Authored by Colonel Jose Luis Calvo Albero, Colonel Kirk Gallinger, Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Klingenschmid, Lieutenant Colonel Jose De Meer Madrid, Colonel Angus McAfee, Colonel Stefano Messina, Lieutenant Colonel Markus Meyer, Colonel Michael Mineni, Colonel Darryl Rupp.
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The transatlantic community is facing a vast array of security challenges in Europe. The principal intergovernmental organizations—the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)—responsible for rising to these challenges face a number of hurdles. This monograph takes a unique perspective—that of European partners and allies—in suggesting to U.S. policymakers how Washington ought to consider adjusting its approach in Europe and beyond, as a means of helping NATO and the EU to provide credible and sustainable collective security and defense.
Added May 22, 2018
Type: Monograph
Robotics and Military Operations
Edited by Prof. William G. Braun, III, Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky, Dr. Kim Richard Nossal.
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This monograph examines the current state of robotics technology, the trajectory for future robotics and autonomous systems use, and the ethical implications of military robotics in the context national security. This monograph offers policy recommendations, explains investment strategy drivers, and examines the ethical implications of robotics and autonomous systems on the modern battlefield.
Added May 18, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: The Assad Regime and Chemical Weapons
Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
Added May 18, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: After the Smoke Clears in Syria: Dilemmas for U.S. Strategy Remain
Authored by Dr. Christopher J. Bolan.
Added March 27, 2018
Type: Monograph
The Land, Space, and Cyberspace Nexus: Evolution of the Oldest Military Operations in the Newest Military Domains
Authored by Mr. Jeffrey L. Caton.
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By their very nature, military doctrine and operations are works in progress. How are U.S. military operations in the newest domains of space and cyberspace being integrated with operations in the traditional domain of land? Do joint forces in these three domains have existing means available to facilitate cross-domain synergy?
Added March 20, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Making Good on the NSS and NDS: Competing with Russia in Europe and Beyond
Authored by Dr. John R. Deni.
Added March 14, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: The Strategic Relevance of Latin America in the U.S. National Security Strategy
Authored by Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz.
Added February 16, 2018
Type: Other
USAWC Research Plan AY 2018
Edited by COL Todd E. Key, LTC Charles A. Carlton.
The USAWC Research Plan is one part of a research program cycle that incorporates three interrelated documents: the KSIL, the USAWC Annual Research Plan and the USAWC Annual Research Report. While the KSIL drives USAWC research, the Research Plan describes how directed resources will answer many of the questions posed in the KSIL. The Research Report serves as a compendium of research completed and a means to identify unanswered questions from the current KSIL, to assist in the next cycle’s KSIL formulation.
Added February 14, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Nuclear Posture Review: Three Reasons the Army Should Care
Authored by Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons.
Added February 06, 2018
Type: Book
Avoiding the Trap: U.S. Strategy and Policy for Competing in the Asia-Pacific Beyond the Rebalance
Edited by Dr. David Lai, Professor John F. Troxell, Mr. Frederick J. Gellert.
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The Trump administration has recently called for a free and open Indo-Pacific, essentially replacing the Obama-era “Rebalance.” This U.S. Army War College report provides prescient analysis and policy recommendations on how to proceed down the path while simultaneously managing the rise of China.
Added January 30, 2018
Type: Article
Strategic Insights: Challenges in Using Scenario Planning for Defense Strategy
Authored by Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons.

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