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Colloquium Brief: U.S. Army War College 25th Annual Strategy Conference Carlisle, Pennsylvania, April 8-10, 2014 — Balancing the Joint Force to Meet Future Security Challenges

Dr. Richard Weitz Key Insights: The international security environment will remain cluttered, confusing, and uncertain; many of these problems are unavoidable; at best, we can mitigate them. More than a decade of continuous military operations, fewer materiel resources, changing threat perceptions, and novel technologies are affecting how the U.S. military deploys, operates, and fights. The …

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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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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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Colloquium Brief: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025

Mr. R. Lincoln Hines     Key Insights. Domestic, external, and technological drivers of China’s military modernization are examined.  Three plausible scenarios for the modernization of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that result from these drivers are explored. Implications of these futures for regional dynamics, the international system, and U.S.-China strategic dynamics are considered. Also, …

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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: Visual Propaganda and Online Radicalization

Dr. Carol K. Winkler,Dr. Cori E. Dauber         U.S. Army War College and                    Georgia State University Key Insights:       •    Visual images have real power that is separate from the words with which they appear and need to be studied distinctly from those words, using methods developed specifically for dealing with images.       •    The study …

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Colloquium Brief: Learning By Doing: The PLA Trains at Home and Abroad

Mr. Anton Wishik II     U.S. Army War College,                 The National Bureau of Asian Research,                         U.S. Pacific Command,                                 Marine Corps University Key Insights:       •    Recent People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy exercises and operations, such as the Gulf of Aden (GOA) anti-piracy deployment, point to an increasing interest in developing a presence in distant seas and …

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Colloquium Brief: Cyber Infrastructure Protection

Dr. Tarek N. Saadawi,COL Louis H. Jordan, Jr A partnership between:     U.S. Army War College,         Strategic Studies Institute;             Center of Information Networking and Telecommunications,                 Grove School of Engineering;                     Colin Powell Center for Public Policy; and                         City University of New York, City College Key Insights: There is a relentless struggle taking place in the cyber sphere …

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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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Colloquium Brief: The Energy and Security Nexus: A Strategic Dilemma

Dr. Carolyn Pumphrey A Partnership Between the            U.S. Army War College, and                   the Triangle Institute for Security Studies Key Insights. The U.S. is relatively well placed when it comes to energy security (defined as security from shocks in prices). We are finding more fossil fuels — especially natural gas — and are otherwise buffered from disaster …

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Colloquium Brief: Conflict Management: A Tool for U.S. National Security Strategy

Ms. Mackenzie Duelge, Esq.,Dr. Volker C. Franke A Partnership Between the          U.S. Army War College, and                        Kennesaw State University Key Insights: Security and development go hand-in-hand. Especially in fragile and failing states, the military is increasingly involved in peace- and nation-building efforts. However, military involvement is reaching unsustainable levels. Often, civilians cannot or will not deploy …

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Colloquium Brief: Post-Heroic Warfare?

Mr. Conor Tucker,Ms. Erin Fitzgerald A Partnership Between the      U.S. Army War College,           University of Oxford, and                 The Australian Land Warfare Studies Centre The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, the University of Oxford Changing Character of War Programme, and the Australian Land Warfare Studies Centre partnered to conduct an international conference entitled “Post-Heroic Warfare?” …

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Colloquium Brief: American Society and Its Profession of Arms

Dr. Leonard Wong Conference Key Insights Whether it is the military-industrial complex, veterans resuming civilian lives, ROTC in colleges, or early childhood education, American society has always been, and continues to be deeply intertwined with the military profession. In many aspects concerning U.S. society and its military profession, panelists often agreed on the essence of …

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A Colloquium on U.S. National Security Policy, Military Strategy: Understanding the Environment for Contemporary Warfare

Author: Mr Dave Lewis, Dr Steve Maxner, Dr Dennis Patterson Key Insights from this colloquium are: • Establishing and continuing a collaborative dialogue between traditional academic institutions and disciplines and the nation’s next generation of senior officers is not just beneficial, it is essential to U.S. national security. • Scholars in universities and the nation’s …

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Other People’s Wars: PLA Lessons from Foreign Conflicts

Author: Mr Daniel Alderman, Mr Joe Narus Key Insights: • The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has not fought in a major war since 1979, but has studied the lessons of modern foreign conflicts from throughout the world. In some cases, those lessons have resulted in observable changes to the PLA’s strategic, tactical, or operational …

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Brazil’s Security Strategy and Defense Doctrine

Author: Mr Andrew Fishman, Dr Max G Manwaring Brazil is a developing nation well situated in time and place. Unlike other areas of the world, it has no bloody religious or ethnic conflicts, and its last border conflict took place in the early 19th century. However, Brazil is the most populous Latin American nation, with …

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Security and Governance: Foundations for International Stability

Author: Mr Dru Lauzon, Mr Andrew Vine Stability operations in fragile states are likely to remain an important focus of the foreign policy of Western countries for the foreseeable future. The central question to consider when launching these operations is whether a particular type of intervention is more effective than others, and to determine what …

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A New Chapter in Trans-American Engagement

Author: Ms Eva Silkwood Baker, Dr Max G Manwaring Key insights developed from the issues discussed at the 2010 Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium include: • The need to advance regional understanding of the contemporary security partnership situation in the Hemisphere: An educational and conceptual requirement; • The need to foster a broader partnership focus on …

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Preparing for a Mid-Term Assessment of Leadership and National Security Reform in the Obama Administration

Author: Mr Jared E Bennett, Dr Joseph R Cerami, Dr Robert H Dorff Key Insights: • The initiatives for the extensive national security reform that is required to meet current threats will have to come from outside of the executive branch bureaucracy. This is true even though former senior members of the Project on National …

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Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Instability in Mexico, Colombia, and the Caribbean: Implications for U.S. National Security

Author: Mr Evan Brown, Dr Dallas D Owens Key Insights from the conference included: (1) The relationships between powerful criminal groups and states are complex and create transnational issues of corruption and the production, transportation, marketing, and consumption of illegal products and services that have national security implications for most states in the Western Hemisphere. …

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