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John Horning, 2021

Every year the U.S. Army seeks out 125,000 to 140,000 new recruits to maintain the desired end strength and capability of the force… In order to do that the Army Enterprise Marketing Office has to craft a message that appeals to a broad audience across the shrinking qualified U.S. population. All the while the Army has to compete with the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines and now the Space Force also trying to attract the most qualified recruits from the U.S. citizenry. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Matt Lawrence and John Horning to the virtual studio… Continue to the podcast >>>

Jacqueline N. Deal, 2020

The DoD can exploit weaknesses in Chinese military attempts at political warfare, or “enemy disintegration,” most recently observed in PLA media on the subject of the pandemic. Targeted information efforts will signal the United States’ refusal to be intimidated, expose untruths in Chinese government messaging to its citizens, and reassure relevant third parties of US military resolve. They join podcast editor Ron Granieri to look at what it takes to create a message campaign that entices high quality personnel and dispel the myth that the Army is “the bureaucratic meat grinder of the underprivileged.” Continue reading the article >>>

David M. Finkelsteins, 2020

The Indo-Pacific will loom large in the future of the US Army. The region is increasingly important to myriad US national interests and is a major playing field for great-power competition. As it deepens its Pacific orientation, the Army has a rich institutional and operational legacy to draw upon, as well as encouraging recent initiatives that auger well for its ability to support the Joint Force in this critical part of the world. Continue reading the article >>>

Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish, Col. Tania Chacho, Maj. Tom Fox, and Maj. Zachary Griffiths, 2020

Senior Conference 55—The Emerging Environment in the Indo-Pacific Region: Drivers, Directions, and Decisions, explores the possibilities and challenges that exist in this critical and dynamic region. This monograph captures three days of panels, keynotes, and discussions among a diverse group of distinguished experts. Continue reading the article >>>

Tongfi Kim and Luis Simón, 2021

Growing Sino-Russian coordination necessitates greater security cooperation between US Allies in Europe and East Asia. US Allies in both regions face remarkably similar threats requiring similar operational concepts, capabilities, and technologies. Further, these Allies must hedge against the specter of US abandonment. An exploration of the links between the two geographically distant US Alliance networks illustrates the Allies’ perspectives on US extended deterrence and highlights opportunities to devise better policies for cooperation. Continue reading the article >>>

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Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure
Dr. Sarah Lohmann, Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure, August 2021 Black Sea Cybersecurity Conference hosted by Constanta Maritime University, BSCySEC-2021 Conference – Section 6 – Energy Cybersecurity Pandemic Threats. Watch/listen to Dr. Lohman's contribution beginning at 18:00.
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Germany after Merkel
How the country will position itself in terms of addressing climate change, countering antidemocratic challengers, safeguarding the welfare state and a competitive economy, and providing leadership in Europe and beyond, is up for debate. Watch/listen to Dr. Lohman's contribution beginning at 20:00.
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America needs a permanent military presence in the Baltics, and here’s why
By John R. Deni
With the Defense Department weighing whether and how to change the U.S. military footprint overseas, it’s time to make the American military presence in the Baltic states durable. Maintaining merely periodic American boots on the ground, sometimes there and sometimes not — especially while a more permanent U.S. presence takes shape in nearby Poland — sends the wrong message...
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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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What is behind the escalating conflict in Israel and Gaza | WITF
Listen to Dr. Bolan discuss the issues leading up to the recent conflict in Israel and Gaza on Smart Talk.
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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
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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:
Winter 2021–22, vol.51 no.4"




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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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Call for Papers
Strategic Landpower Symposium
10-12 May 2022
US Army Heritage Education Center
Carlisle, PA
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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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