Author: Prof John F Troxell
**November 18: Part II, Commands 1 and 3 have been updated**
The KSIL is available for online viewing here: 2013-14 KSIL
For several years, the Strategic Studies Institute has annually published the Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL). The overall purpose of this document is to make students and other researchers aware of strategic topics that are of special interest to the U.S. Army. Part I of KSIL is entitled “Army
Priorities for Strategic Analysis” (APSA) and is a list of high-priority topics submitted by Headquarters, Department of the Army. Part II is entitled “Command Sponsored Topics” and represents the high-priority command-specific topics submitted by MACOMs and ASCCs. This KSIL provides military and civilian researchers worldwide a listing of the Army’s most critical national security issues.
The KSIL is developed by soliciting input from the appropriate elements of HQDA to develop the Army’s high priority topics for strategic analysis. In addition, a similar solicitation is made to the Geographic Combatant Commands and Major Army Commands to identify their high-priority command-specific topics researchers can address. Topics for the APSA are organized to support the four imperatives and related objectives as identified in the “2013 Army Strategic Planning Guidance.” Research on these topics will continue to contribute to the transition to the Army of the future. Part II of the KSIL incorporates many critical strategic issues that are both unique to the submitting organizations, and common to a number of commands. The intent of this document is to achieve greater fidelity and harmony between the research needs of the Department of Defense, and the considerable work done by the many different research assets.