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Strategic Insights
Un-"Steady" State Operations: Redefining the Approach to Phase Zero in a Complex World, by LTC Thomas R. Matelski

You can access our ongoing podcast series "SSI Live" with our own Dr. John R. Deni. Are so-called gray zone wars — the kinds of operations Russia or Iran has engaged in recently — really novel security threats? How can the United States best respond to them in terms of adjusting its current campaign-planning framework? Dr. Deni invited his SSI colleague, Dr. Antulio Echevarria, to discuss the latter's latest monograph, "Operating in the Gray Zone: An Alternative Paradigm for U.S. Military Strategy." Find this and all other podcasts here and be sure to subscribe.

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2015 - 2016 KSIL
On August 7, 2015, the 2015-16 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) was released. The KSIL provides military and civilian researchers a ready reference for issues of special interest to the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense. Read here.

In the most recent posture statement to the U.S. Congress, General Milley highlighted the importance of anticipating the future, adapting, and capitalizing upon opportunities. The future the nation faces represents a "changing security environment that requires the Army to make difficult decisions in order to remain an effective instrument of the Nation's military power." Those decisions are underpinned by thorough research and scholarship and the pressing security needs of the nation. The Strategic Studies Institute publishes the annual Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) to inform students, faculty, and external researchers of strategic issues requiring research and analysis. The next edition will be staffed throughout the Army shortly to refine the list of topics. Topic coverage will include: strategic leadership, the military profession, strategic Landpower, national and military strategies, and futures and regional studies. Stay tuned for the updated edition appearing in the next few months.

The 2016 SPRING issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters, is here. Read this and all of the past articles and subscribe today.

SSI Opportunities
Refer to the Employment and Research Opportunities section of our website for updates on new employment opportunities.

External Research Associates Program (ERAP): The U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased to announce it is now accepting solicitations for topic proposals under its External Research Associates Program (ERAP) to directly fund research by scholars who are not affiliated with the U.S. military or the U.S. Government.

If you missed any of the 27th Annual Strategy Conference or would just like to relive the experience, videos are available here on the conference page.
Research & Analysis
Strategic Landpower and a Resurgent Russia: An Operational Approach to Deterrence, A U.S. Army War College Integrated Research Project in Support of U.S. European Command and U.S. Army Europe, by R. Reed Anderson, Patrick J. Ellis, Antonio M. Paz, Kyle A. Reed, Lendy "Alamo" Renegar, John T. Vaughan

Outplayed: Regaining Strategic Initiative in the Gray Zone, A Report Sponsored by the Army Capabilities Integration Center in Coordination with Joint Staff J-39/Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Branch, by Nathan Freier, Project Director, Charles R. Burnett, et al.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) and Trinidad and Tobago: Establishing a Dangerous Presence in the Western Hemisphere, by Jose de Arimateia da Cruz

Honduras: A Pariah State, or Innovative Solutions to Organized Crime Deserving U.S. Support? by R. Evan Ellis

Coming Soon
NATO Cyberspace Capability: A Strategic and Operational Evolution, by Jeffrey L. Caton

Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities, and Strategic Competition, by Phil Williams and Dighton Fiddner

India's Evolving Nuclear Force and Its Implications for U.S. Strategy in the Asia-Pacific, by Yogesh Joshi, Frank O’Donnell, and Harsh V. Pant

Around the War College
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We are pleased to announce the addition of two new videos to our SSI Lectures and Panels. The videos are:
  • May 24, 2016: National Bureau of Asian Research
  • May 12, 2016: Strategic Landpower and a Resurgent Russia — Live Book Launch
The new issue of the Carlisle Compendia has been released. The Carlisle Compendia of Collaborative Research, an electronic publication of student-faculty work, is produced under the purview of the Strategic Studies Institute and the United States Army War College. Each compendium reports the findings of a major student-faculty research initiative on a topic of strategic importance to the Army, the Department of Defense, and the larger community of strategic leaders.

The faculty of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) includes a carefully selected mix of men and women with deep experience in military and national security strategy. To provide a venue for their analysis of the challenges and best practices of strategic leadership and to make available to the students and faculty of USAWC and other institutions in the professional military educational system, the Strategic Studies Institute has created the "practitioners' corner."

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