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The U.S. and Canadian Army Strategies: Failures in Understanding

Author: COL Stephen Brent Appleton Organizational conception and business practice share much in common with military strategy. The two areas of study have had a mutually supportive relationship for decades. Particularly since the commencement of the 20th century, the business community has borrowed freely from and refined military thinking. This practice has been in large …

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Alex Crowther

Twitter Youtube Facebook Dr. Alex Crowther Adjunct Research Professor of National Security Studies Dr. Alex Crowther is an adjunct Research Professor of National Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute and does research for the Swedish Defense University. He is also is a Visiting Research Professor at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy …

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KCIS 2019

A Changing International Order? Implications for the Security Environment 14th annual Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS) Kingston, ON, Canada Open to the General Public The 14th annual Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS) will take place on 10-12 June 2019, at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront. This year’s theme, A Changing International Order? Implications …

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Strategic Insights: The Coming Perfect Storm of Europe

Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Adelberg A collection of social and security trends are at play in Europe that may threaten the peace and stability of the continent. The array of challenges, threats, and frictions could converge at such a point that an unintentional spark could ignite a major crisis or even a regional war of …

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Colloquium Brief: Robotics and Military Operations – Kingston Conference on International Security

Dr. Robert J. Bunker   Key Insights: A number of definitions for autonomous systems exist. One of the working definitions used at the colloquium was that in which their key feature is viewed as the ability of a given system to perform certain functions independently. Autonomous systems can support military operations by contributing to force …

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Leaderless Organizations and the Strategic Value of Airstrikes in Syria

Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Adelberg After more than three years of war in Syria, which has seen more than one million refugees, more than a quarter million dead, the use of chemical weapons, and dozens of atrocities on all sides, the United States finally became involved.  On September 22, 2014 the United States and a …

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Colloquium Brief: CBRNe: The Ongoing Challenge – Kingston Conference On International Security

Dr. Robert J. Bunker   Key Insights. Little ‘e’ (explosive events) suicide bombings have their conceptual origins in tactical actions (destructive) between military forces—including World War II Japanese Kamikazes—that, in time, evolved into acts of terrorism with strategic (disruptive) political outcomes. IED fatigue exists for troops in Afghanistan and for policymakers in Ottawa, Canada, and …

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Military Power, The Core Tasks Of A Prudent Strategy, And The Army We Need

Brigadier General (Ret.) Huba Wass de Czege The following is Brigadier General (USA Ret.) Huba Wass de Czege’s Keynote Address given at the “West Point Senior Conference 50: The Army We Need in an Uncertain Strategic Environment,” held on June 2, 2014.         Our current Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond T. Odierno, often …

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Colloquium Brief: Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS-2012): International Security in an Age of Austerity

Mr. Dru Lauzon A Partnership Between    Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College,       Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University,          Chair of Defence Management Studies, Queen’s University, and             Land Force Doctrine and Training System of the Canadian Forces Key Insights. While the threat of another recession seems to have receded for now, the new …

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Colloquium Brief: Kingston Conference on International Security (KCIS-2011): The Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Resources, and Security

Mr. Dru Lauzon A Partnership Between    Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College,       Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University,          Chair of Defence Management Studies, Queen’s University, and             Land Force Doctrine and Training System of the Canadian Forces Key Insights. The threat of military conflict in the Arctic is low, while the challenges associated …

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At Crossroads: Iceland’s Defense and Security Relations, 1940-2011

AMB Einar Benediktsson Introduction It is a pleasure to introduce this very interesting and relevant paper written by my colleague and friend, Ambassador Einar Benediktsson. In this paper, Ambassador Benediktsson looks at security policy from the standpoint of the totality of Icelandic national security as distinct from a single portion of it. His tough-mindedness, his …

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Shaping Commitment: Resolving Canada’s Strategy Gap in Afghanistan and Beyond

Author: COL D Craig Hilton Canada’s first ever National Security Policy (2004), followed by the International (Foreign) Policy Statement and Defence Policy Review (2005), has publicly articulated Canada’s principal security interests for the post-September 11, 2001, world. However, the realities of Canada’s present engagement in Afghanistan have highlighted a gap between stated national security and …

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Canada, Getting It Right This Time the 1994 Defence White Paper

Author: Dr Joel J Sokolsky In April the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute hosted its Annual Strategy Conference. This year’s theme, “Strategy During the Lean Years: Learning From the Past and the Present,” brought together scholars, serving and retired military officers, and civilian defense officials from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom …

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