Decisive Point

A podcast channel of the USAWC quarterly journal, Parameters

Released 23 September 2020.
Douglas W. Bristol Jr.: Two Worlds: African American Servicemembers, WWII and Today — The theory of social stigma provides a context for the subjective experience of African American servicemembers in World War II. Those experiences reveal the paradox the military faces when addressing racial discrimination. An examination of these experiences suggests only a collective response by African American servicemembers will solve this problem.  Click here for the article.

Released 21 September 2020.
Audrey Kurth Cronin: Technology and Strategic Surprise: Adapting to an Era of Open Innovation — Technological revolutions affecting state power are either open or closed. The precursor to the digital age is not the twentieth century, with state-controlled programs yielding nuclear weapons, but the late nineteenth century, when tinkerers invented the radio, airplane, and high explosives—all crucial to subsequent wars. To avoid strategic surprise, the US government must take a broader view of how today’s open innovation is changing society, and adapt. Click here for the article.

Released 14 September 2020.
Nina Jankowicz and Henry Collis: Enduring Information Vigilance: Government after COVID-19 — The framework of Enduring Information Vigilance will help ally and partner governments deny advantages adversaries gain through their use of information operations in our new global perpetual information environment. This approach recognizes the persistent threat, unifies responses within and between governments, and resolves societal fissures toward a more global democratic information environment. Click here for the article.

Released 08 September 2020.
Jacqueline Deal – Disintegrating the Enemy: The PLA’s Info-Messaging—The DoD can exploit weaknesses in Chinese military attempts at political warfare, or “enemy disintegration,” most recently observed in PLA media on the subject of the pandemic. Targeted information efforts will signal the United States’ refusal to be intimidated, expose untruths in Chinese government messaging to its citizens, and reassure relevant third parties of US military resolve. Click here for the article.

Released 04 September 2020.
Jason Healey: A Bizarre Pair: Counterinsurgency Lessons for Cyber Conflict — The lessons of counterinsurgency have deeper implications for cyber conflict than previous research has identified. Two decades of experience in Iraq and Afghanistan provide insights into the cyber strategy of defending forward including treating major cybersecurity and technology companies as host-nation partners and focusing on winning the hearts and minds of global netizens. Click here for the article.

Released 01 September 2020.
Ryan J. Scott, Odelle J. Means, and Patricia M. Shields: The COVID-19 Enemy is Still Advancing — The US military has a historical precedence for dealing with a pandemic while simultaneously conducting largescale combat operations. Two twentieth-century examples assess the extent to which the military adapted operations following an influenza outbreak, and make clear military and civilian leaders must balance strategic objectives when facing threat multipliers such as COVID-19. Click here for the article.

Released 28 August 2020.
Danelle R. Gamble: Toward a Racially Inclusive Military — Racialized structural inequalities and related social biases in US society and replicated in the military hinder diversity and inclusion efforts necessary to maintain a ready force. Examining the history of Blacks in the military through a social science lens helps explain this challenge and reveals the military must both promote relationships that challenge power imbalances and assess the impact of cultural imperialism on standards and evaluations. Click here for the article.