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: 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?
Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the Exercise of National Power
Lead: Dr. Richard Love
Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations (DMSPO)
Focus: Exploring the role and importance of gender equality and perspectives in exercising the instruments of national power: diplomacy, information, military, and economy. With a focus on strategic-mindedness and interoperability, the IRP will examine how the application and incorporation of gender issues improves security outcomes and creates an environment for improving decision making and the development of future strategic leaders. For more information on WPS, please click here.
Focus: The confluence of emerging and reemerging nation state threats, alongside foreseeable catastrophes of a national scale, compels the nation to develop a Strategy for National Security Emergencies. The US needs a framework for extant concerns over protection, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery. The study will focus especially, though not exclusively, on nation state threats which could manifest themselves in war against and within the homeland.
Sponsor(s): FEMA, USNORTHCOM, National Guard Bureau
Focus: Developments in biological sciences, robotics, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and other areas may lead to astounding new capabilities for national defense applications. This project considers how DoD and the national defense enterprise can adapt to better leverage technology for itself and prepare for its use by adversaries.
Focus: Capabilities and challenges at echelons above brigade to Theater Army in the application of strategic Landpower, with emphasis on the Theater Army’s role in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) against a near-peer competitor. This IRP will provide the Army and Joint Community with a broadened appreciation of U.S. Army capability gaps especially at the service component level and potential solutions for consideration that may impact the Army’s ability to successfully implement the NDS.
Sponsor(s): AFC, Mission Command Capability Development Integration Directorate (MC CDID), Mission Command Battle Lab
Lead: Prof. Lou Yuengert
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.
Sponsor(s): Army Talent Management Task Force, ASA (M&RA)
Focus: Technology has enabled adversaries’ strategic objectives, making deterrence and winning in competition increasingly important. Yet, competition as a framework for addressing adversary provocation may be limiting and unintentionally legitimizing adversary subversive behavior. This study will examine: 1) current and future modes of competition to determine how to better anticipate competitor innovations; 2) how the Army can better contribute to national deterrent capabilities; and 3) how norms of international competition and conflict would apply below the threshold of war.
Sponsor(s): INDOPACOM J5, DA G3/5/7 (DAMO-SSP)
Working Smarter: Considerations for the Army Installations of the Future Click here to download PDF
Stabilization: A New Approach to Whole of Government Operational Planning and Execution
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Avoiding the Trap: U.S. Strategy and Policy for Competing in the Asia-Pacific Beyond the Rebalance
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Rotational Deployments vs. Forward Stationing: How Can the Army Achieve Assurance and Deterrence Efficiently and Effectively?
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WATCH: US Army War College Students Discuss Their Experiences Working on IRPs
READ: SecArmy examines the Army’s commitment to Joint Force readiness with USAWC Students
Then SecArmy Mark Esper discussed IRP results on future force posture with US Army War College students in 2019.