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Strategic Insights: Five Myths Associated With Employing Private Military Companies

Author: Dr Edward Mienie, Dr C. A. Pfaff In August of 2017, Blackwater founder Erik Prince offered a plan for privatizing the war in Afghanistan, where he would replace the approximately 23,000 multinational forces (of which 15,000 are U.S. troops) and 27,000 contractors with 2,000 special forces and 6,000 security contractors who would embed with …

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Strategic Insights: Better Late Than Never

Author: Dr M Chris Mason Seventeen years ago this November, in a conference room in the Pentagon, I explained that, in whatever form it took, the new Government of Afghanistan would require some sort of provincial or territorial forces under Afghan Army command to augment the regular national army, which the interagency working group was …

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Strategic Insights: Learning from the Military’s Weinstein Moment

Author: Dr Leonard Wong In early October 2017, The New York Times reported multiple allegations of sexual harassment against powerful Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. A few days later, The New Yorker revealed more allegations against the movie executive to include accusations of sexual assault and rape. After more than 80 women stepped forward to accuse …

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Brexit and Transatlantic Security

Author: Dr Author I. Cyr An article from the Spring 2018 issue of “Parameters”. This article discusses the regional and international security implications of the June 2016 referendum vote that Britain leave the European Union. This essay proposes Brexit creates opportunities for greater cooperation within the NATO alliance and bilaterally with the United States. Download …

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Strategic Insights: After the Smoke Clears in Syria: Dilemmas for U.S. Strategy Remain

Author: Dr Christopher J Bolan In the wake of recent U.S. and Israeli military strikes, the potential for expanded U.S. military engagement in the Syrian civil war is growing and U.S. policymakers will need to plot a smart strategic course ahead. In doing so, they will need to conduct an honest appraisal of America’s interests …

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Strategic Insights: The Assad Regime and Chemical Weapons

Dr. Robert J. Bunker On April 7, 2018, insurgents and civilians in a rebel enclave in Douma, east of Damascus, Syria, were subjected to a chemical weapons attack during an offensive conducted by Assad regime and allied Russian and Iranian-linked ground forces. At least 42 individuals were reported to have been killed in the attack …

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Strategic Insights: After the Smoke Clears in Syria: Dilemmas for U.S. Strategy Remain

Dr. Christopher J. Bolan In the wake of recent U.S. and Israeli military strikes, the potential for expanded U.S. military engagement in the Syrian civil war is growing and U.S. policymakers will need to plot a smart strategic course ahead. In doing so, they will need to conduct an honest appraisal of America’s interests in …

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Strategic Insights: Making Good on the NSS and NDS: Competing with Russia in Europe and Beyond

Author: Dr John R Deni In January, the Trump administration released its first National Defense Strategy (NDS), which closely followed the December 2017 release of the new National Security Strategy (NSS). Both of these documents call for a fundamental shift in the U.S. approach to security, emphasizing competition against Russia and China at the expense …

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Strategic Insights: The Strategic Relevance of Latin America in the U.S. National Security Strategy

Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz The much-anticipated National Security Strategy of the United States of America was released in December 2017 by President Donald J. Trump. The National Security Strategy is composed of four pillars and is applied in a regional context. How does the National Security Strategy view the Western Hemisphere? What are …

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Will War’s Nature Change in the Seventh Military Revolution?

Author: Dr. F G. Hoffman Parameters 47, no. 4 (Winter 2017–18). This article examines the potential implications of the combinations of robotics, artificial intelligence, and deep learning systems on the character and nature of war. The author employs Carl von Clausewitz’s trinity concept to discuss how autonomous weapons will impact the essential elements of war. …

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