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Research and Analysis
A National Security Staff for the 21st Century, by Dr. Jack A. LeCuyer. This monograph offers a new model for the management of the national security system—at the strategic level—which is the first step in transforming our national security system to meet the challenges and opportunities of the global security environment of the 21st century. This monograph provides a proposed response to Section 1072 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the President to report to Congress on the organizational changes required to implement the National Security Strategy of May 2010.

Venezuela as an Exporter of 4th Generation Warfare Instability, by Dr. Max G. Manwaring. We must adapt our approach to the overwhelming reality that just as the world has evolved from an industrial society to an information-based society, so has warfare. The reality of this evolution demonstrates the need for a new paradigm of conflict based on the fact that information—not firepower—is the currency upon which war is now conducted. The new primary center of gravity is public opinion and political leadership. The “new” instruments of power are intelligence, public diplomacy, media, time, and flexibility. The one thing that remains the same is that one level or another of compulsion still defines war.

India's Changing Afghanistan Policy: Regional and Global Implications, by Dr. Harsh V. Pant. India's perpetually reactive foreign policy ensured that India has been reacting to the actions of other actors in Afghanistan for the last decade without developing an autonomous posture. This will have serious consequences for Indian security once Western forces depart Afghanistan in 2014.

Insanity: Four Decades of U.S. Counterdrug Strategy, by Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Walther. The author provides context to the former DOJ Drug Intelligence Chief’s declaration that the U.S. 40-year national drug strategy is a failure. He argues that the expensive and largely-ineffective supply-reduction strategy should be abandoned in favor of a new, science-based, demand-reduction model.

The Impact of President Felipe Calderón’s War on Drugs on the Armed Forces: The Prospects for Mexico’s “Militarization” and Bilateral Relations, by Dr. George W. Grayson. The ever wider involvement of the armed forces in Mexican life is examined by addressing the question: “Is Mexican society being ‘militarized’?” If the answer is “yes,” what will be the probable impact on relations between the United States and its southern neighbor?
Coming Soon
Talking Past Each Other? How Views of U.S. Power Vary Between U.S. and International Military Personnel, by Richard H. M. Outzen

Strategic Stability: Contending Interpretations, by Elbridge A. Colby and Michael S. Gerson, eds.

Monthly Op-Ed
The Need for a “Half-Pivot to the Americas,” by Dr. Robert J. Bunker

2012-2013 KSIL
The 2012-13 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) Update No. 02 is now online. The purpose of the Key Strategic Issues List is to provide military and civilian researchers a ready reference for issues of special interest to the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense.

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Keep an eye out for upcoming news on the USAWC Strategy Conference. Registration for the conference should start at the end of the month. This year's conference will begin with registration day activities and a hosted reception ice breaker on April 9; the actual conference takes place from April 10 - 11. The theme of this year's conference is "The Future of American Landpower," a continuation of last year's theme "The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities." The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College will provide more detail on its webpage and in upcoming newsletters. For now, put the dates April 9-11 on your calendars.

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