Integrated Research Projects (IRPs)
Every academic year (AY), the Commandant of the US Army War College commissions Integrated Research Projects (IRPs) to conduct intensive study on the Army’s top priority strategic issues. An IRP research team consists of subject matter expert faculty members and select resident students who engage in strategic research and analysis on each issue. Every IRP has an external sponsoring agency or individual, often at the senior-most levels of the Army or Department of Defense, that establishes the research need and has a vested interest in resolving the issue. The IRP research teams have the opportunity to interact with these sponsors and communicate findings directly to them.
USAWC Resident Students – Contact your seminar faculty advisors if you are interested in joining an IRP team. Students receive full graduation credit for their capstone research requirement by participating in an IRP. Depending on the scope of the IRP, resident students may also earn elective credits and special designations for their transcripts. Check with the IRP faculty leads for details. Watch the video below for more information.
Sponsors – Contact SSI if you are interested in sponsoring or supporting an upcoming IRP. Click here to email us.
Focus: Examine the capabilities and challenges at echelons above brigade to Theater Army in the application of strategic Landpower. This IRP will provide the Army and Joint Community with a broadened appreciation of the U.S. Army capability gaps especially at the service component level and potential solutions for consideration. Primary focus will be on the Theater Army’s role in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) against a near-peer competitor and analyze potential gaps between authorities, roles, and resources that may impact the Army’s ability to successfully implement the NDS.
This IRP continues on from AY21.
Sponsor(s): AFC, Mission Command Capability Development Integration Directorate (MC CDID), Mission Command Battle Lab
Focus: The confluence of nation state threats and disasters/complex catastrophes demands a Strategy for National Security Emergencies. The US needs a framework for extant concerns over protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery, but must recognize that future potential events could exceed current crises. This project continues from AY21 and focuses on nation state threats that could manifest themselves in war against and within the homeland. AY21 research helped to establish a strategic estimate of the nation’s current posture and an accompanying vision of what that posture should be. Envisioning the improved posture as the national objective, AY22’s efforts will be devoted to discerning the “ways and means” of attaining and maintaining that desired “end.”
Sponsor(s): FEMA, USNORTHCOM, National Guard Bureau
Focus: The contemporary international security environment places far more emphasis on the soldier-statesman role for the U.S. military’s most senior General and Flag officers than in past eras. How does the practice of Generalship at the national strategic-level result in strategies, policies, programs, and actions suitable for the application of military force in pursuit of a desired political outcome?
This IRP continues on from AY21.
Focus: This project will examine the conditions necessary to make application of artificial intelligence (AI) to the Corps deep fight sustainable and replicable. Application of AI requires not simply understanding the role data plays in generating reliable targeting information, but also how space-based systems, computer vision, and communication form a complex system that challenges how the U.S. Army acquires and employs this capability. In addition to addressing the technical knowledge necessary to use AI technology, this project will also address political, social, organizational, and ethical concerns that commanders and their staffs must understand to employ these systems effectively.
Sponsor(s): XVIII Airborne Corps
Info. Sessions 25 & 26 AUG: 1200–1300
Lead: COL Thad Collard Department of Command, Leadership, and Management (DCLM) Focus: This project continues USAWC support to the Army Talent Management Task Force’s effort to implement an information age personnel management system that is based on talent management principles (SECARMY and CSA vision). This study will include a holistic look at changes across the pillars of Acquire, Develop, Employ, and Retain, with papers and possible briefings to senior Army leadership. This IRP continues on from AY21. Sponsor(s): Army Talent Management Task Force, ASA (M&RA)
Generalship at the National Strategic Level
Rethinking Competition, Deterrence, and Army Readiness
Strategy for National Security Emergencies
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