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29th Annual U.S. Army Strategy Conference

"Strategic Leadership 2030: Transcending Challenges in a Time of Deep Change"
World-renowned speakers and panelists explored today's security challenges and related landpower implications. Question and answer sessions offered the audience a rare opportunity to engage directly with senior leaders, policy-makers, and experts. A dedicated Twitter feed and a live webcast will offer viewers from around the world the opportunity to participate in the conversation as well. You can view the panelists through the links below:
Panel 1: Dr. Steven Metz, Dr. Sarah Swewll, Prof. Chuck Allen, MAJ Matt Cavanaugh
Panel 2: Maj. Gen. Mick Ryan (AUS), Dr. Rebecca Johnson, LTG David Huntoon (USA, Ret.)
Panel 3: Dr. Tony Pfaff, Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, MG Charles Dunlap (USAF, Ret.)
Closing Remarks: LTG Mark Hertling (USA, Ret.)

Washington, D.C.

John Deni led a study launch at the National Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC on 23 May covering the publication “Friendly Force Dilemmas in Europe: Challenges Within and Among Intergovernmental Organizations and the Implications for the U.S. Army.”


SSI Partnered with Queen’s University at the 13th Annual Kingston Conference on International Security on 11–13 June entitled “The Return of Deterrence: Credibility and Capabilities in a New Era.”

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The Spring 2018 issue of Parameters is available online opens with a with a Special Commentary entitled, “Right vs. Right: Personal Beliefs vs. Professional Obligations.” Ethical choices are easier when military professionals must choose between a wrong and a right. It also features Russell Gelnn’s interview of Lieutenant General Sean B. MacFarland, US Army Retired, about what worked in Iraq and what did not.

Recent Publications

Friendly Force Dilemmas in Europe: Challenges Within and Among Intergovernmental Organizations and the Implications for the U.S. Army

Authored by Colonel Jose Luis Calvo Albero, Colonel Kirk Gallinger, Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Klingenschmid, Lieutenant Colonel Jose De Meer Madrid, Colonel Angus McAfee, Colonel Stefano Messina, Lieutenant Colonel Markus Meyer, Colonel Michael Mineni, Colonel Darryl Rupp.
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The transatlantic community is facing a vast array of security challenges in Europe. The principal intergovernmental organizations—the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)—responsible for rising to these challenges face a number of hurdles. This monograph takes a unique perspective—that of European partners and allies—in suggesting to U.S. policymakers how Washington ought to consider adjusting its approach in Europe and beyond, as a means of helping NATO and the EU to provide credible and sustainable collective security and defense.


Robotics and Military Operations

Edited by Prof. William G. Braun, III, Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky, Dr. Kim Richard Nossal.
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This monograph examines the current state of robotics technology, the trajectory for future robotics and autonomous systems use, and the ethical implications of military robotics in the context national security. This monograph offers policy recommendations, explains investment strategy drivers, and examines the ethical implications of robotics and autonomous systems on the modern battlefield.

The Land, Space, and Cyberspace Nexus: Evolution of the Oldest Military Operations in the Newest Military Domains

Authored by Mr. Jeffrey L. Caton.
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By their very nature, military doctrine and operations are works in progress. How are U.S. military operations in the newest domains of space and cyberspace being integrated with operations in the traditional domain of land? Do joint forces in these three domains have existing means available to facilitate cross-domain synergy?

Expert's Profile
Every quarter we take the opportunity to highlight one of SSI’s researchers and the projects on which he or she is working. Today’s issue features Mr. Nathan P. Freier.
NATHAN P. FREIER is an Associate Professor of National Security Studies with the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI). He came to SSI in August 2013 after 5 years with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where he was a senior fellow in the International Security Program. Mr. Freier joined CSIS in April 2008 after completing a 20-year career in the U.S. Army. His last military assignment was as Director of National Security Affairs at SSI. From August 2008 to July 2012, Mr. Freier also served as a visiting research professor in strategy, policy, and risk assessment at the U.S. Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. Mr. Freier is a veteran of numerous strategy development and strategic planning efforts at Headquarters, Department of the Army; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and two senior-level military staffs in Iraq. Mr. Freier is widely published on a range of national security issues and continues to provide expert advice to the national security and defense communities. His areas of expertise are defense and military strategy and policy development and strategic net and risk assessment. He holds master’s degrees in both international relations and politics and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College.

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Released 7 June 2018.
SSI Live 079 - Avoiding the Trap in U.S.-China Relations — Getting the Indo-Asia-Pacific and relations with China right is the key to a peaceful and prosperous 21st Century. The challenge for the U.S. administration, and for policy experts writ large, is to build an effective strategy for a whole-of-government approach that will achieve a free and open Indo-Asia-Pacific while avoiding the Thucydides Trap. U.S. Army War College professors Fred Gellert, David Lai, and Jef Troxell joined host John R. Deni to discuss their new book on this subject, which provides analysis and policy recommendations on topics regarding the instruments of national power, regional affairs, and key Asia-Pacific countries. Listen below or click here to download.

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