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Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II – “Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine in 2022: Implications for Strategic Studies”

Released  26 May 2022. This podcast examines critical issues for the field of strategic studies raised by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including the waning of major war, strategic coercion, and “War Amongst the People.” Drawing on previous scholarship and current events, this commentary considers the questions raised by the first major war of the twenty-first …

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Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick, Dr. Ritu Gill, and Maj. Jennifer F. Giles – “Information Warfare: Lessons in Inoculation to Disinformation”

Released  23 May 2022. While propaganda and disinformation have been used to destabilize opposing forces throughout history, the US military remains unprepared for the way these methods have been adapted to the Internet era. This article explores the modern history of disinformation campaigns and the current state of US military readiness in the face of …

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COL Zhirayr Amirkhanyan — “A Failure to Innovate: The Second Nagorno-Karabakh War”

Released  16 May 2022. The root cause for the defeat of the Armenian forces in the second Nagorno-Karabakh War was flawed military doctrine inherited from the Soviet Union. This article analyzes the major problems faced by Armenia, uncovers the main reasons for unsuccessful innovation, tests empirical findings against some of the most authoritative theories in …

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Dr. Patrick Paterson – Civil-Military Relations: Guidelines in Politically Charged Societies

Released  5 May 2022. Current events warrant a review of US civil-military relations doctrine. This article examines eight principles of military subordination to elected civilian officials and addresses the fundamental question at the heart of civil-military relations theory and practice—what options, if any, does the military have when civilian leadership disregards military advice? Examples drawn …

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Henry D. Sokolski – Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future

Released  5 May 2022. Does it matter if more countries have nuclear weapons? Will the weaponization of space make nuclear weapons less of a threat or even obsolete?  In this podcast, author Henry D. Sokolski gives an overview of his monograph, Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, and explores potential future nuclear trends. Click …

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Dr. James R. McKay, Dr. H. Christian Breede, Dr. Ali Dizboni, and Dr. Pierre Jolicoeur – “Developing Strategic Lieutenants in the Canadian Army”

Released 27 April 2022. This Canadian contribution to Parameters’ Strategic Lieutenant series shows how domestic context creates the conditions for professional military education reform to a greater extent than the global strategic context. The podcast assesses the junior officer education delivered by Canada’s military colleges and analyzes interviews with key stakeholders responsible for the formulation …

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Mr. Bert B. Tussing, Dr. John Eric Powell, and COL Benjamin C. Leitzel – “Contested Deployment”

Released 26 April 2022. Early in academic year 2018, a group of US Army War College faculty and students came together in pursuit of an integrated research project devoted to an examination of contested deployment and the growing realization the US homeland can no longer be considered an inviolable zone in preparing for war. Expecting …

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Dr. Jason Healey – “A Bizarre Pair: Counterinsurgency Lessons for Cyber Conflict”

Released 27 April 2022. The lessons of counterinsurgency have deeper implications for cyber conflict than previous research has identified. Two decades of experience in Iraq and Afghanistan provide insights into the cyber strategy of defending forward including treating major cybersecurity and technology companies as host-nation partners and focusing on winning the hearts and minds of …

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COL Gerald J. Krieger – “Water Wars of the Future: Myth or Reality?”

Released 25 April 2022. This article provides background and context for regional trends and historic agreements focused on the Nile River Basin, offers a comprehensive assessment of security challenges, and presents focus areas for future investment and cooperation. The policy recommendations will serve American interests better and improve agricultural practices in the region. Without a …

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LTC Andrea M. Peters, LTC Michael A. Washington, LTC Lolita Burrell, and COL James Ness – “Rethinking Female Urinary Devices for the US Army ”

Released 19 April 2022. As women assume more combat roles in the US military and continue to operate in austere environments with varied mission sets, the Department of Defense must rethink its approach to equipment and uniform development to accommodate female anatomical differences. This podcast analyzes the results of a study conducted during the Sandhurst …

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COL Maximillian K. Bremer and Dr. Kelly A. Grieco – “Air Littoral: Another Look” Revisited

Released 18 April 2022. In this podcast, COL Maximillian K. Bremer and Dr. Kelly A. Grieco apply concepts from their 2021 article “Air Littoral: Another Look” to current events in Russia and Ukraine. Click here to read the original article. Episode Transcript  Stephanie Crider (Host) Welcome to Decisive Point, a US Army War College Press …

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Dr. Tor Bukkvoll – “Russian Special Operations Forces in Crimea and Donbas”

Released 14 April 2022. In this podcast, Tor Bukkvoll revisits his 2016 Parameters, article and examines Russian Special Forces and their potential use in Ukraine today. Click here to read the original article. Episode Transcript:  Stephanie Crider (Host) Welcome to Decisive Point, a US Army War College Press production featuring distinguished authors and contributors who …

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Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff – “Chinese and Western Ways of War and Their Ethics”

Released 13 April 2022. In this podcast, Pfaff argues understanding the ethical logic available to one’s adversaries will allow US leaders and planners to leverage China’s behavior and optimally shape US policies and actions. Click here to read the original article. Episode Transcript: Chinese and Western Ways of War and Their Ethics  Stephanie Crider (Host) …

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David J. Katz – “Multidimensionality: Rethinking Power Projection for the 21st Century”

Released 8 April 2022. In this podcast, strategist David Katz argues American military strategists must incorporate multidimensional power projection into their planning processes to counter adversarial actions by gray-zone actors. By developing a more complete concept of power projection, the United States can apply its resources more effectively Click here to read the original article. …

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CPT Gustavo Ferreira and MAJ Jamie Critelli – “China’s Global Monopoly on Rare-Earth Elements”

Released 4 April 2022. This article delivers a novel economic analysis of US dependence on China for rare-earth elements and sheds light on how Western nations may exploit the limitations of limit pricing to break China’s global monopoly in rare-earth element production and refinement. This analytical framework, supported by a comprehensive literature review, the application …

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LTC Danielle Holt and COL Susan Davis — “Interrupting Bias in Army Talent Management”

Released 4 April 2022. This article addresses the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion on talent management. It explains how systemic bias impairs the US Army’s ability to harness cognitive diversity. It stresses the value of cognitive diversity among teams and senior leadership and how cumulative bias impacts the entire career cycle of an individual. …

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On “The Alt-Right Movement and US National Security” Review and Reply

Released 30 March 2022. This commentary responds to Matthew Valasik and Shannon E. Reid’s article “The Alt-Right Movement and US National Security” published in the Autumn 2021 issue of Parameters (vol. 51, no. 3). Click here to read the original article. Episode Transcript:   Stephanie Crider (Host) Welcome to Decisive Point, a US Army War …

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COL Maximillian K. Bremer and Dr. Kelly A. Grieco – “Air Littoral: Another Look”

Released 8 February 2022. Assessing threats to the air littoral, the airspace between ground forces and high-end fighters and bombers, requires a paradigm change in American military thinking about verticality. This article explores the consequences of domain convergence, specifically for the Army and Air Force’s different concepts of control. It will assist US military and …

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Dr. Todd Greentree – “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?”

Released 24 January, 2022. Critics of the Afghan war have claimed it was always unwinnable. This article argues the war was unwinnable the way it was fought and posits an alternative based on the Afghan way of war and the US approach to counterinsurgency in El Salvador during the final decade of the Cold War. …

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Dr. Lukas Milevski – “The Grand Strategic Thought of Colin S. Gray”

Released 10 January, 2022. A titan of modern strategic studies, Colin S. Gray distinguished himself from other scholars in the field with his belief that grand strategy is indispensable, complex, and inherently agential. This article identifies key themes, continuities, conceptual relationships, and potential discontinuities from his decades of grand strategic thought. Gray’s statement that “all …

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