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Irregular Enemies and the Essence of Strategy: Can the American Way of War Adapt?

Author: Dr Colin S Gray The author offers a detailed comparison between the character of irregular warfare, insurgency in particular, and the principal enduring features of “the American way.” He concludes that there is a serious mismatch between that “way” and the kind of behavior that is most effective in countering irregular foes. The author …

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Recognizing and Understanding Revolutionary Change in Warfare: The Sovereignty of Context

Author: Dr Colin S Gray The author provides a critical audit of the great RMA debate and of some actual RMA behavior and warns against a transformation that is highly potent only in a narrow range of strategic cases. He warns that the military effectiveness of a process of revolutionary change in a “way of …

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Transformation and Strategic Surprise

Author: Dr Colin S Gray The current process of military transformation will enable the Armed Forces to do better what they already do superbly well. It is important to excel at decisive maneuver and in the application of precise, yet overwhelming firepower. But those attributes, though key in warfare against regular enemies, tend to be …

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Maintaining Effective Deterrence

Author: Dr Colin S Gray While deterrence is as old as human conflict itself, it became particularly important with the advent of nuclear weapons when armed conflict between the superpowers had the potential to end civilization. Today there is a sense that terrorism has rendered deterrence obsolete and forced the United States to substitute preemption …

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Challenges in Using Scenario

About the AuthorDr. Michael Fitzsimmons Also by the Author:Scenario Planning and Strategy in the Pentagon Strategic Insights: Challenges in Using Scenario Planning for Defense Strategy January 30, 2018 | Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons Lawrence Freedman and Colin Gray are two of the most famous contemporary scholars of military strategy. Within the past few years, each published …

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Strategic Insights: Challenges in Using Scenario Planning for Defense Strategy

Dr. Michael Fitzsimmons Lawrence Freedman and Colin Gray are two of the most famous contemporary scholars of military strategy. Within the past few years, each published a book addressing different aspects of the same practical problem of strategy: defense planning.1 Considered to be strategy’s mundane cousin, defense planning revolves around how a nation designs its …

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Strategy Education Across the Professional Military Education Enterprise

Colonel John C. Valledor We can find plenty to read and study on the subject of leadership; in fact, there is a veritable mountain of studies, essays, and books explaining how to build leaders. Not so if one wants to build (or become) a strategist.                                                                                        General John Galvin1 Emerging Realities and the Education of …

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Strategic Landpower Task Force Research Report

Dr. Steven Metz Acknowledgement.        The author would like to thank Frank Hoffman of the National Defense University for major contributions to this report.   Introduction.         The 21st-century security environment compels the United States to develop more effective and efficient ways to promote its national interests. This includes refining methods for developing and …

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