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Colonel (Ret.) Robert S. Hume

ROBERT S. HUME, Colonel (COL), U.S. Army, Retired, is an assistant professor of operational art and theater planning at the USAWC. He began serving as a civilian professor of practice in 2014, following a 29-year career as an active Army officer (aviator, operations research systems analyst, and Army strategist) and culminating as a course director and faculty instructor in the USAWC Department of Distance Education. Professor Hume’s primary duties include teaching resident students in the Theater Strategy and Campaigning core course, as well as teaching elective courses and advising students in completion of strategy research projects. Professor Hume’s areas of expertise are defense strategy, campaign planning and assessment, strategic leadership, and defense management. He has a bachelor of science in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and holds master’s degrees in both operations research and systems analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and strategic studies from the USAWC.

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SSI books and monographs by Colonel (Ret.) Robert S. Hume

  • At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World

    June 29, 2017

    Authored by Mr. Nathan P. Freier, Colonel (Ret.) Christopher M. Bado, Dr. Christopher J. Bolan, Colonel (Ret.) Robert S. Hume, Colonel J. Matthew Lissner.
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    At Our Own Peril is the product of a year-long U.S. Army War College (USAWC) research effort focused on a single simple question: How should the Department of Defense (DoD) adapt its current risk identification and assessment conventions to accommodate an environment defined by persistent, disruptive change? Sponsored by Army G-3/5 (Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate), the Joint Staff, J-5 (Strategy Development Division), and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, the report recommends adoption of a post-primacy risk concept and its four governing principles of diversity, dynamism, persistent dialogue, and adaptation. The report adds significant texture and value to this summer’s strategy development debates.

  • Outplayed: Regaining Strategic Initiative in the Gray Zone, A Report Sponsored by the Army Capabilities Integration Center in Coordination with Joint Staff J-39/Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Branch

    June 07, 2016

    Authored by Mr. Nathan P. Freier, Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Burnett, Colonel William J. Cain, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel Christopher D. Compton, Lieutenant Colonel Sean M. Hankard, Colonel (Ret.) Robert S. Hume, Lieutenant Colonel Gary R. Kramlich, II, Colonel J. Matthew Lissner, Lieutenant Colonel Tobin A. Magsig, Colonel Daniel E. Mouton, Mr. Michael S. Muztafago, Colonel James M. Schultze, Professor John F. Troxell, Lieutenant Colonel Dennis G. Wille.
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    This report concludes gray zone competition and conflict will persist as Department of Defense (DoD) pacers for the foreseeable future. It describes trends contributing to the emergence of gray zone challenges, major gray zone archetypes, and their defense implications and finally, specific recommendations for more activist and adaptive DoD responses to persistent gray zone provocation.