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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

Authors: J.P. Clark and C. Anthony Pfaff Within the context of Europe, the US Army must develop a force posture that best navigates the tensions between deterring or defeating armed conflict at acceptable cost, successfully competing below armed conflict, and maintaining global responsiveness and institutional flexibility through the global operating model and dynamic force employment. …

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Commentary on “The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028”

Author: Huba Wass de Czege 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 …

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Senior Conference 55—The Emerging Environment in the Indo-Pacific Region: Drivers, Directions, and Decisions

Editors: Dr Terry Babcock-Lumish, COL Tania Chacho, MAJ Tom Fox, MAJ Zachary Griffiths As the Indo-Pacific region enters a period of uncertainty, this monograph details the proceedings of West Point’s 2019 Senior Conference 55. Scholars and practitioners convened to discuss and debate strategic changes, and experts shared thoughts during keynote addresses and panels on economics, …

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Nonstate Actors and Anti-Access/Area Denial Strategies: The Coming Challenge

Author: Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan This monograph explores the emerging challenge of nonstate actors’ anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) strategies and their implications for the United States and its allies by looking at two regions, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, with case studies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Houthis …

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Professionalizing the Iraqi Army: US Engagement after the Islamic State

Author: Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff Security cooperation with Iraq remains a critical component of the US-Iraq relationship. Despite neighboring Iran’s ability to limit US political and economic engagement, Iraq still seeks US assistance to develop its military and to combat resurgent terrorist organizations. This monograph provides a historical and cultural basis from which to understand …

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Turkey and the United States on the Brink: Implications for NATO and the US-Turkish Strategic and Military Partnership

Author: Kamal A. Beyoghlow, PhD This monograph analyzes the current political tensions between the United States and Turkey and suggests ways to manage them. The two countries have been strategic allies since at least the end of World War II—Turkey became a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member and participated with its military forces in the …

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A Modern Army Reserve for a Multi-Domain World: Structural Realities and Untapped Potential

Author: Major General Lewis G. Irwin This monograph identifies challenges and opportunities in today’s US Army Reserve. Since its inception in 1908, the Army Reserve has made important, diverse, and cost-effective contributions to the Army and the Joint Force and has shown the ability to adapt in profound ways to meet emerging requirements. In the …

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The Russian Military in Contemporary Perspective

Editor: Dr Stephen J. Blank Wherever one looks, Russia is carrying out aggressive military and informational attacks against the West in Europe, North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. This “war against the West” actually began over a decade ago, but its most jarring and shocking event, the one that started to …

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USAWC Quarterly: Parameters – Autumn 2019

Editor: Dr Antulio J. Echevarria FEATURES: Special Commentary: “Learning Lessons from Afghanistan: Two Imperatives” by Hew Strachan. “Afghanistan’s Lessons: Part I” articles by Seth A. Johnston, Howard G. Cooms, Martijn Kitzen, and Christophe Lafaye. “World War II: 75th Anniversary” articles by Conrad C. Crane and Alexander G. Lovelace Download PDF

Recommendations for Success in Afghanistan

Author: Dr M. Chris Mason The United States will soon enter the 18th year of combat operations in Afghanistan. During that time, multiple approaches to stabilize the country have been tried, including support to regional security initiatives, “nation-building,” counterinsurgency, counternarcotics, counterterrorism, and “train and equip.” The constellation of anti-government elements known collectively as the Taliban …

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