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Zachary Kallenborn – “InfoSwarms: Drone Swarms and Information Warfare”

Released  23 June 2022. This podcast discusses drone swarms, which can be used at sea, on land, in the air, and even in space, are fundamentally information-dependent weapons. No study to date has examined drone swarms in the context of information warfare writ large. This article explores the dependence of these swarms on information and …

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MAJ Brandon Colas – “Defining and Deterring Faits Accomplis”

Released  17 June 2022. This podcast examines faits accomplis—how states attempt to seize disputed territory using military force, hoping to avoid war in the process—and offers suggestions for how to deter them. Since 1945, faits accomplis have become the most common means by which states attempt to take over territory, even though they frequently result …

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CPT Mark T. Vicik – “Strengthen Arctic Governance to Stop Russian and Chinese Overreach”

Released  15 June 2022. This podcast argues shortfalls in the international institutions governing the Arctic have allowed Russia and China to expand control over the region. It provides an overview of regional governance and power dynamics, outlines a three-part approach to correcting deficiencies, highlights attempts by Russia and China to circumvent international governance, examines how …

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MAJ Ryan J. Orsini – “Economic Statecraft and US-Russian Policy”

Released  7 June 2022. This podcast assesses the American-Russian economic relationship, identifying how Russia exploits strategic asymmetries to gain advantage in the space below armed conflict and how the United States can modernize its economic statecraft. It draws upon a wide range of comparative research, from US-Russian military thought to the American-Eurasian economic interrelationship, to …

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Mr. Phillip Dolitsky and Dr. Lukas Milevski – On “The Grand Strategic Thought of Colin S. Gray”

Released 3 June 2022 In this podcast, Mr. Phillip Dolitsky and Dr. Lukas Milevski discuss the article “The Grand Strategic Thought of Colin S. Gray,” which was published in the Winter 2021-22 issue of Parameters. Click here to read the review and reply to the original article. Author Information: Phillip Dolitsky is a master’s student …

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COL George Shatzer – “SRAD Director’s Corner: Russia’s Strategy and Its War on Ukraine”

Released  1 June 2022. In this podcast, Colonel George Shatzer, director of the Strategy Research and Analysis Department of the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College, discusses books of relevance to US Joint planners and strategists, as well as those of allies and strategic partners. He applies his experience and education as …

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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 article. Episode Transcript:  Stephanie Crider (Host) Welcome to Decisive Point, a US Army War College Press production featuring distinguished authors and contributors who get …

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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 article. Episode Transcript: Chinese and Western Ways of War and Their Ethics  Stephanie Crider (Host) Welcome …

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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 article. Episode …

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