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Strategic Insights
An EU Military Headquarters: A Cure in Search of an Illness? by Dr. John R. Deni

Bridging the Civil-Military Gap, by Dr. Tami Davis Biddle

You can access our ongoing podcast series "SSI Live" with our own Dr. John R. Deni. Last week's U.S. election results were not simply a surprise to most Europeans; rather, they have led to a profound sense of anxiety and insecurity, especially in Eastern Europe. In this podcast, Dr. Deni provides insights gleaned from his trip to Tallinn, Estonia, just after the elections, and the reactions he heard from students, government ministers, academics, parliamentarians, and think tank experts. Find this and all other podcasts here and be sure to subscribe.

The USAWC Fellows Program
The U.S. Army War College-administered Fellows Program—comprised of CSA Senior Fellows (post-Military Education Level 1, or post-MEL 1), and U.S. Army War College Fellows (MEL 1)—supports 92 Fellows assigned in 58 locations and in 63 separate programs across the United States and in 6 foreign countries.

The U.S. Army War College Fellows’ charter is two-fold in terms of Army expectations. The primary thrust is for the Fellow to take advantage of a learning environment that is separate and distinct from that traditionally offered by the war colleges, and to parlay knowledge gained for the betterment of the Army. That said, the Fellows are also pursuing Individual Learning Plans that parallel the learning outcomes expected of their resident student peers at Carlisle Barracks. The secondary thrust is for the Fellow to represent the Army, either formally or informally, at the institutions and areas to which they are assigned. The Fellowships, as currently configured, offer the Fellows the opportunity to satisfy the Army's goal of developing appropriately-educated ambassadors for the Army who will be steeled to hold positions of broad scope and great responsibility, work in highly complex, ambiguous environments, and deal with problems with no clear-cut solutions.

The CSA Senior Army Fellows are more senior—sent by the Army as seasoned ambassadors of the institution to centers of thought and influence. Once there, they assist those who would deliberate on the larger security challenges faced by the nation, and also report their findings to the senior Army leadership, either to the CSA or the VCSA, and individual general officer-level mentors who have functional or regional interests coincidental with "their" Fellow’s host institution.

The Fellows are now at their hosting institutions and are learning, engaging with the general public, and representing the USAWC and the Army on a daily basis.

For greater detail, please view this slideshow.
2016 - 2017 KSIL
The 2016-17 Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) has been 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.

Hard Copy Online Ordering
If you would like to order a hard copy of any publication, for those limited publications where hard copies are available, see the information located on the right-hand side of the publication's page. You may download a digital copy of the selected work free of charge. Free download links for three different digital formats are available on the specific publication's page as well.

For out of stock publications and our new digital only publications, refer to the new GPO on-demand site. For a small fee, receive many prior publications. Click here to visit.

The 2016 Summer issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters, is here. It has articles addressing Russian Military Power, Challenges in Asia, and much more.

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

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.

Be sure to keep checking here for information on next year's conference.
Video of the Month
Click here to watch as SSI's own Dr. Deni appears at this past weekend's conference in Tallinn, Estonia, on the future of transatlantic security.
Integrated Research Projects
The USAWC has embarked on another round of Integrated Research Projects (IRPs). An IRP is a comprehensive research effort involving faculty and students (or faculty only) that leads to scholarship of value to the Army, the Joint Force, and Department of Defense (DoD). Last year’s efforts included ground breaking analysis on the gray zone, deterrence in Europe, and land-force recommendations for the Asia-Pacific region.

This year the War College has redoubled its efforts and will focus on nine topics of special interest.
  • Great Power War - How expansible is the US Army should a great power war break out?
  • Third Offset Strategy - What are the implications for the Army of the Third Offset Strategy?
  • Risk Assessment - To what extent do the conventions for strategic military risk assessment meet the needs of senior defense and military leadership?
  • Defense Reform - What changes to the DoD (in structure, processes, and authorities) will make it more responsive to the nation’s current and emerging security needs?
  • Strategy and Planning - How can military and civil leaders and staffs translate strategic guidance to facilitate effective whole-of-government/society collaboration and operations to stabilize fragile and conflict-affected states?
  • Asia-Pacific Rebalance - Following the change of administrations, what U.S. policy and strategy adjustments are needed to achieve rebalance in the Asia-Pacific region?
  • Global Response - Can rotational forces achieve deterrent and reassurance effects at reasonable cost, relative to permanently forward stationed forces?
  • Non-Nuclear Deterrence - What potential new forms of non-nuclear deterrence are within the realm of the possible within the next 20 years?
  • Building Partner Capacity - Given the contemporary security challenges confronting African nation-states, how can the U.S. Army build partner capacity in the region more effectively?
Stay tuned for more in-depth updates on each of these projects as the year progresses.

Research & Analysis
Coming Soon
Should We Let the Bomb Spread? by Henry D. Sokolski

Military Contengencies in Megacities and Sub-Megacities, by Phil Williams and Werner Selle

The COIN Conundrum: The Future of Counterinsurgency and U.S. Land Power, by Thomas R. Mockaitis, Ph.D.

Deterring Cybertrespass and Securing Cyberspace: Lessons from United States Border Control Strategies, by Mary Manjikian, Ph.D.
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The USAWC conducted the 25th Annual PLA Conference, at Carlisle Barracks, 21-23 October 2016, in partnership with the National Bureau of Asia Research, USPACOM and HQDA, G-3/5/7. This conference series is widely recognized as the premier venue for studying the PRC's PLA. This year's conference, entitled "Continuity and Change in the PLA: Evolution, Adaptation, and Reform," featured retrospective assessments of key developments in China and the PLA over the past quarter century, as a basis for informed analysis of what the ongoing reforms of the PLA might mean for PRC security, U.S.-China defense relations, and new frontiers opening to the PLA. Topics included domestic and external factors affecting changes in the PLA, PLA-CCP/PRC civil-military relations, PLA reorganization, cross-domain deterrence, new maritime frontiers, non-state actor challenges, and military-to-military contacts. Many of the nation's most esteemed PLA experts participated in the conference, including ADM (Ret) Dennis Blair and ADM (Ret) Jonathan Greenert, but we deliberately invited several younger scholars and practitioners this year to begin building a new generation of experts on the PLA. The ultimate product of the conference will be a comprehensive and authoritative edited volume, consisting of the many outstanding papers that were presented.

The Army War College Review, an online refereed journal, publishes award-winning student research that exemplifies outstanding strategic analysis at the professional graduate level. Selected articles address issues at the cutting edge of U.S. national security, Landpower, strategic leadership, global security, and advancement of the profession of arms. Produced by SSI and USAWC Press, The Army War College Review is published quarterly and can be found at

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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