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Talent: Implications for a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy by Colonel Casey Wardynski, Major David S. Lyle, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso. In the proposed Army Officer Corps Strategy, the authors identify the interdependency of accessing, developing, retaining, and employing talented leaders. Effective organizations understand this and they successfully access and retain a depth and breadth of talent that can be developed and employed against current and future requirements. The authors explore the differences between competent and talented leaders as well as discussing what talents the U.S. Army should seek in its officer corps. More importantly, they examine the consequences of failing to create an officer talent management system. As the authors point out, the Army is competing with the private sector for the best talent America has to offer.

Schools for Strategy: Teaching Strategy for 21st Century Conflict by Dr. Colin S. Gray. All would-be strategists would benefit by some formal education. Dr. Gray emphasizes the necessity for strategic education to help develop the strategic approach, the way of thinking that can solve or illuminate strategic problems. He advises that such education should not strive for a spurious relevance by presenting a military variant of current affairs. He believes that the strategist will perform better in today's world if he has mastered and can employ strategy’s general theory.

A Case Study in Security Sector Reform: Learning from Security Sector Reform/Building in Afghanistan (October 2002-September 2003 by Captain Jason C. Howk. Captain Howk provides a case study to help explain the SSR concepts that were recently formalized in U.S. Army Field Manual 3.07, "Stability Operations." It provides insights into how the military interacts with host-nation governments, the United Nations, the State Department, and national embassies to solve today’s complex problems. The author’s experience revealed many pitfalls in security sector reform and international team-building that the United States is trying to avoid in many locations throughout the world today.

India's Strategic Defense Transformation: Expanding Global Relationships by Brian K. Hedrick. India's defense establishment is undergoing an unprecedented transformation as it seeks to (1) modernize its military, (2) obtain "strategic partnerships" with the United States and other nations, and (3) expand its influence in the Indian Ocean and beyond. The author explores the nature of this transformation, offers insights into the history of Indian defense relations, and suggests implications to U.S. foreign and defense policy.

Coming Soon
YouTube War: Fighting in a World of Cameras in Every Cell Phone and Photoshop on Every Computer, by Dr. Cori Dauber

An All Hazards Training Center for a Catastrophic Emergency, by Colonel Xavier Stewart

Security Sector Reform: A Case Study Approach to Transition and Capacity, by Sarah Meharg

Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law: Lessons from Colombia, by Gabriel Marcella

Do Oil Exports Fuel Defense Spending? by Clayton K.S. Chun

Medvedev's Plan: Giving Russia a Voice but not a Veto in a New European Security System, by Richard J. Krickus

Monthly Op-Ed
Army Football and Full Spectrum Operations
by Dr. Stephen J. Gerras

The Afghanistan Strategy
Quick reference to more recent SSI studies about the strategy for Afghanistan.

Challenges and Opportunities for the Obama Administration in Central Asia by Dr. Stephen J. Blank

U.S. Interests in Central Asia and the Challenges to Them by Dr. Stephen J. Blank

Provincial Reconstruction Teams: How Do We Know They Work? by Dr. Carter Malkasian, Dr. Gerald Meyerle

Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects for Great Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick

Overcoming the Obstacles to Establishing a Democratic State in Afghanistan by Colonel Dennis O. Young

Virtual Conference: The Future of the U.S. Army Officer Corps - Defining Talent
The Vice Chief of Staff of the Army needs you in the discussion on developing an officer corps strategy.
November 9, 2009 - January 17, 2010

Two-level Rivalries in Asia
November 20-21, 2009, Bloomington, Indiana

Annual Strategy Conference:
Defining War for the 21st Century
April 6-8, 2010, Carlisle, PA
Mark your calendars

News and Updates
On October 18, Dr. W. Andrew Terrill published "The Continuing Problem of Iraq" in the Autumn 2009 edition of the Middle East Journal critiquing four new books on Iraq (free to access from many libraries).

On October 26, Dr. David Lai attended the Statesman's Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. This forum featured Chinese PLA General Xu Caihou, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Military Commission. Xu came to the United States for a week-long official visit at the invitation of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

On October 27, COL John Dabrowski presented a lecture, "US-Turkish Security Relationships and the Strategic Implications for the US," to a senior seminar history class at York College of Pennsylvania.

On October 29-30, Dr. Steven Metz, Dr. Dallas Owens, and COL William Braun served as panel moderators at the colloquium, "Drug Trafficking, Violence and Instability in Mexico, Colombia, and the Caribbean: Implications for US National Security," held in Pittsburgh, PA. The colloquium was part of the SSI Academic Engagement program in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies.

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