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Remembering 9/11, 20 Years Later

Perspectives and insights from USAWC SSI faculty reviewing the events prior to and following September 11, 2001.
  •  “Après Nous, le Déluge” | Mason

    “Après Nous, le Déluge” | Mason

    The Taliban have retaken control of Afghanistan. The quixotic, United States-led, 20-year nation-building project in Afghanistan is over. “I . . . don’t think anyone thought Afghanistan would turn so badly so quick,” a US official is quoted as saying recently.1 If that is true, then no one read my book, The Strategic Lessons Unlearned from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the Afghan National Security Forces Will Not Hold, which in fact predicted these events in detail six years ago.2 As I watched yet another foreign country imagined by the United States collapse and another foreign military built by the US Army disintegrate, ...
  •  “Never Forget”: 9/11 Then and Now—Thoughts on Readiness | Lohmann

    “Never Forget”: 9/11 Then and Now—Thoughts on Readiness | Lohmann

    On the morning of September 11, 2001, I stopped by the post office on my way to the newsroom of the Washington, DC–based newspaper where I worked as an editorial writer. I wanted to mail a postcard of the World Trade Center, where I had just been for an interview with a foreign dignitary a few days before. “This no longer exists,” the postal employee said as he looked at the postcard I had shoved into his hand. “Word is, next plane is headed for the Capitol,” he said, cranking up the radio. A few short minutes later, I watched plumes of smoke from the Pentagon clog up the horizon as I drove ...
  •  9/11 and the Army Reserve: The Strategic Shift | Lawrence

    9/11 and the Army Reserve: The Strategic Shift | Lawrence

    The 9/11 attacks’ effects on the United States and its foreign policies cannot be understated. The United States, in essence, lost its innocence that day and has never been the same. The attacks spurred changes in the way the United States handles national security, secures air transportation, and shares intelligence. The attacks also resulted in, directly and indirectly, two major armed conflicts that lasted the next two decades. These conflicts served as the catalyst for the most significant strategic shift in the US Army Reserve’s history—the organization’s transformation from ...
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Special Commentary COVID-19

SSI research professors and faculty consider the COVID-19 pandemic and its long-term, strategic implications for the U.S. Army and national security.  Each essay provides an independent, specialized view on a particular aspect of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and includes recommendations on how the Army and DoD should address those issues.

  •  Post-COVID Transformation: DOD Goes into the Matrix?

    Post-COVID Transformation: DOD Goes into the Matrix?

    Post-COVID Transformation: DOD Goes into the Matrix?https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/ Professors Nathan Freier, Robert Hume, Al Lord, and John Schaus DOD’S CHOICE IS NEO’S CHOICE These are complex, turbulent, and uncertain times to be sure. The Department of Defense (DOD) is at an important inflection point. COVID-19 has irrevocably altered the dynamics of international security and reshaped DOD’s decision-making landscape. As a result, DOD will have to adapt to significantly different strategic circumstances post-COVID than those assumed operative in the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS18). We recommend that DOD recognize this to be true, seize the initiative, create opportunity from crisis, and recraft defense strategy to re-emerge from COVID as a stronger, more hypercompetitive institution.
  •  Outbreak: COVID-19, Crime, and Conflict

    Outbreak: COVID-19, Crime, and Conflict

    Outbreak: COVID-19, Crime, and Conflict https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/ Dr. Paul R. Kan The COVID-19 pandemic is the byproduct of illicit global trafficking. Although COVID-19 was likely transmitted to humans via pangolins sold in the wet markets of Wuhan, China, these markets acted as mere way stations for the virus. The natural habitats of the pangolins are the forests, grasslands, and savannahs of Africa. But, through a network of impoverished local communities, poachers, transnational organized crime, gangs and corrupt officials, approximately 2.7 million of this endangered species are captured and smuggled to Asia every year. The pangolin has earned the sad distinction of being “the most trafficked animal on earth.”
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