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Rise and Fall? The Rise and Fall of ISIS in Libya
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suffered a major defeat in Libya. In military terms, the group has been eradicated and has little remaining political influence. Until the ongoing civil war ends, which will not happen until the various external states stop sponsoring the warring factions, ISIS or a similar jihadist group may yet stage a return to power.
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An Army Transformed: USINDOPACOM Hypercompetition and US Army Theater Design
In a hypercompetitive Indo-Pacific region, the Army will have to embrace four transformational—and culturally uncomfortable—roles to underwrite future Joint operations and compete with, deter, and—if needed—defeat China in the Indo-Pacific…
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Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) 2021-2022
New for Academic Years 2021-2022, the USAWC has published an updated Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL). The KSIL informs students, faculty, and external research associates of strategic topics requiring research and analysis…
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Striking the Balance: US Army Force Posture in Europe, 2028—A Study Sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Army
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Parameters VOL. 50 NO. 2 Summer 2020
Special Commentary: "The Compound Security Dilemma" by Isaiah Wilson III and Scott A. Smitson. "Geostrategic Net Estimate" by John R. Deni, Nathan P. Freier, and John H. Schaus. "Geostrategic Forecasting" by Carol V. Evans, Marybeth P. Ulrich, and G. K. Cunningham. "Leadership and Innovation" by Steven Metz, C. Anthony Pfaff, and Michael E. Lynch. "Applied Strategic Art" by Samantha A. Taylor, Amanda B. Cronkhite, Earl J. Catagnus Jr., Jonathan P. Klug, and John A. Bonin. …
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Commentary on “The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028”
Does The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028 lack a clear theory of victory? A comparative analysis of the development of MDO and the historical concepts of Active Defense and AirLand Battle reveals the necessity of greater insight into sources of Russian and Chinese behavior and countering mechanisms, what constitutes effective deterrence, and greater clarity regarding the political will of Allies to assist in this deterrence.
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