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Dr. Shima D. Keene, 2015
While supporters claim that drone warfare is not only legal but ethical and wise, others have suggested that drones are prohibited weapons under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) because they cause, or have the effect of causing, indiscriminate killings of civilians, such as those in the vicinity of a targeted person. The main legal justification made by the Barack Obama Administration for the use of armed drones is… Continue reading the article >>>
Dr. Mary Manjikian, 2015
Many different actors oppose the use of unmanned autonomous weapons (UAV’s) from adversary states, to international governmental organizations to policymakers and academics. However, the basis for their opposition varies, as do the assumptions behind their arguments. This Letort Paper lays out distinctions between arguments about technology, arguments about policy, and arguments about strategy. Continue reading the article >>>
Marybeth P. Ulrich, 2020
Political and professional oath-takers are obliged to abide by their oaths. But their understanding of this obligation and the associated civil-military relations norms is uneven. This article distinguishes between political and professional oath-takers and examines how each should fulfill its obligations to uphold the Constitution. Continue reading the article >>>
David J. Wasserstein, Jimmie R. Montgomery, and Marybeth P. Ulrich, 2021

This commentary responds to Marybeth Ulrich’s article “The Politics of Oath-Taking” published in the Summer 2020 issue of Parameters (vol. 50, no. 2).
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KCIS 2021: In Case of Emergency - The Military's Role in the Pandemic and Future Crises, Oct 25-28th 2021
KCIS 2021 will incorporate lessons learned to strengthen national emergency resilience moving forward. This conference also provides an opportunity to reassess allied threat assessments, asking which vulnerabilities have been made more salient by this global crisis.
Conference
Germany Has a Math Problem,
and It’s about to Get Worse
What the numbers say about the energy landscape. In this traditional state of Bavaria where election banners offering defense of “Heimat” (Homeland) seized the day in the last election, the posters wedged between ancient church domes on cobblestone streets now tout pictures of wind farms and ...
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Chinese engagement in Latin America and Europe: Comparisons and Interdependencies
By Evan Ellis. This publication is possible thanks to a collaboration between the Strategic Studies Institute and the Peruvian Army Center for Strategic Studies.
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As India’s Physical Borders Quiet Down, Its Virtual Ones Are Under Siege
Cyberattacks from China are on the rise, but the United States can help. By Sumit Ganguly and Carol Evans
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Contemporary Strategy and Landpower
Essay Award Winners

Jason Healey, 2020
The lessons of counterinsurgency have deeper implications for cyber conflict than previous research has identified. Two decades of experience in Iraq and Afghanistan provide insights into the cyber strategy of defending forward including treating major cybersecurity and technology companies as host-nation partners and focusing on winning the hearts and minds of global netizens.
Ryan J. Scott, Odelle J. Means, and Patricia M. Shields, 2020
The US military has a historical precedence for dealing with a pandemic while simultaneously conducting largescale combat operations. Two twentieth-century examples assess the extent to which the military adapted operations following an influenza outbreak, and make clear military and civilian leaders must balance strategic objectives when facing threat multipliers such as COVID-19.
Nina Jankowicz and Henry Collis, 2020
The framework of Enduring Information Vigilance will help ally and partner governments deny advantages adversaries gain through their use of information operations in our new global perpetual information environment. This approach recognizes the persistent threat, unifies responses within and between governments, and resolves societal fissures toward a more global democratic information environment.

US Army War College Quarterly, Parameters, released its 50th anniversary issue on March 2. The full-color issue features: a 50-year photo essay; a series of Prospectives on the future of the Army, civil-military affairs, and national strategy penned by leading national security professionals; and a series of Retrospectives by contemporary scholars and practitioners evaluating articles published in the journal's first year, 1971, on civil-military affairs, Russia, and lessons from history.

Veteran Disability Compensation and the Army Profession: Good Intentions Gone Awry

This study uses US Army and Department of Veterans Affairs personnel files, soldier interviews, and discussions with senior leaders to support its conclusions. The intent of the study is to prompt the Army profession to act before the culture surrounding disability compensation becomes permanent.

A Hard Look at Hard Power:

Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key US Allies and Security Partners—Second Edition

Mission Command of Multi-Domain Operations

This research monograph explores the Army’s emerging concept of multi-domain operations and its implications on the mission command approach. The transition to multi-domain operations changes the traditional view of how Army commanders and staffs conduct operations in the physical environment to include simultaneously operations in the information environment.

USAWC Quarterly Journal, "Parameters:
Autumn 2021, vol.51 no.3"




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Study of Internal Conflict
Research and analysis by SSI professors, USAWC faculty and students, and research assistants into the causes and outcomes of internal conflicts since 1945 as part of the ongoing Study of Internal Conflict (SOIC). Research and analysis will also include topics in Unconventional and Irregular Warfare.
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A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key US Allies and Security Partners—Second Edition
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Security Threats, American Pressure, and the Role of Key Personnel: How NATO’s Defence Planning Process is Alleviating the Burden-Sharing Dilemma
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WORKING PAPERS — INDOPACOM
This section contains working papers of the 2019-2020 US Army War College Integrated Research Project on the Indo-Pacific Region.
Each Working Paper will be a product of the USAWC INDOPACOM Project on Theater Design and represents the judgment of project researchers at the time of publication.
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Mission Command of Multi-Domain Operations
This research monograph explores the Army’s emerging concept of multi-domain operations and its implications on the mission command approach. The transition to multi-domain operations changes the traditional view of how Army commanders and staffs conduct operations in the physical environment to include simultaneously operations in the information environment.
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Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) 2021-2022
The Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL), developed by the US Army War College, in collaboration with many other organizations and institutions, helps the Army bring to bear considerable research and analysis capabilities on the most important challenges to the defense of our Nation. The KSIL presents over two hundred key strategic issues to guide these efforts. Those conducting research through Senior Service Colleges and Fellows programs, as well as other researchers, are strongly encouraged to take on the difficult issues listed below.
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Every academic year (AY), the Commandant of the US Army War College commissions Integrated Research Projects (IRPs) to conduct intensive study on the Army’s top priority strategic issues. An IRP research team consists of subject matter expert faculty members and select resident students who engage in strategic research and analysis on each issue.

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