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Radical Islamist English-Language Online Magazines: Research Guide, Strategic Insights, and Policy Response

Author: Pamela L. Bunker, Dr Robert J Bunker This Strategic Studies Institute book provides a comprehensive research guide to radical Islamist English-language online magazines, eBooks, and assorted radical Islamist news magazines, reports, and pocketbooks published between April-May 2007 and November 2016, and generates strategic insights and policy response options. Download PDF

Avoiding the Trap: U.S. Strategy and Policy for Competing in the Asia-Pacific Beyond the Rebalance

Editor: COL (R) Frederick J. Gellert, Dr David Lai, Prof John F Troxell The Trump administration has recently called for a free and open Indo-Pacific, essentially replacing the Obama-era “Rebalance.” This U.S. Army War College report provides prescient analysis and policy recommendations on how to proceed down the path to this call while simultaneously managing …

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Still Soldiers and Scholars? An Analysis of Army Officer Testing

Author: Dr Steven J. Condly, Dr Arthur T Coumbe, LTC William L Skimmyhorn Still Soldiers and Scholars? sheds light on a neglected aspect of talent management, namely, officer accessions testing and evaluation. It does so by tracing the history of officer testing since 1900, identifying and analyzing key developments in the assessment process, and then …

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Building Partner Capacity in Africa: Keys to Success

Editor: Prof Frank L Jones The fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a title to reform the Department of Defense (DoD) security cooperation, has far-reaching implications for U.S. defense interests in Africa. As the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee notes, “the Department of Defense continues to place greater emphasis …

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The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus Operandi, and U.S. Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam

Author: Dr Paul Kamolnick The al-Qaeda Organization (AQO) and the Islamic State Organization (ISO) are transnational adversaries that conduct terrorism in the name of Sunni Islam. It is declared U.S. Government (USG) policy to degrade, defeat, and destroy them. The present book has been written to assist policymakers, military planners, strategists, and professional military educators …

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Should We Let the Bomb Spread?

Author: Mr Henry D Sokolski Nuclear deterrence and nonproliferation no longer enjoy the broad support they once did during the Cold War. Academics and security experts now question the ability of either to cope or check nuclear rogue states or terrorists. On the one hand, America’s closest allies—e.g., Japan and South Korea—believe American nuclear security …

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Cyberspace: Malevolent Actors, Criminal Opportunities, and Strategic Competition

Editor: Dr Dighton Fiddner, Dr Phil Williams This volume has three parts: the first focuses on cyberspace itself; the second on some of the major forms of malevolence or threats that have become one of its defining characteristics; and the third on possible responses to these threats. One of the most significant features of cyberspace, …

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Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future

Author: Mr Henry D Sokolski With the world focused on the nuclear crisis in Iran, it is tempting to think that addressing this case, North Korea, and the problem of nuclear terrorism is all that matters and is what matters most. Perhaps, but if states become more willing to use their nuclear weapons to achieve …

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The Human Terrain System: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Dr Christopher Sims The Human Terrain System embedded civilians primarily in brigade combat teams (BCTs) in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2007 and 2014 to act as a collection and dispersal mechanism for sociocultural comprehension. Set against the backdrop of the program’s evolution, the experiences of these social scientists clarifies the U.S. Army’s decision to …

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A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key U.S. Allies and Security Partners

Author: Mr Gary J Schmitt Since World War II, a key element of America’s grand strategy has been its worldwide network of strategic allies and partners. The network has provided the United States an invaluable global presence, enhanced deterrence against adversaries and, when called upon, provided men and materiel to help fight wars. However, following …

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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025

Editor: Mr Roy Kamphausen, Dr David Lai This volume is of special relevance in light of the profound changes occurring within the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). China’s desire to develop a military commensurate with its diverse interests is both legitimate and understandable. The challenge for U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) is to understand how China …

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The Strategic Lessons Unlearned from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the ANSF Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

Author: Dr M Chris Mason The wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan were lost before they began, not on the battlefields, where the United States won every tactical engagement, but at the strategic level of war. In each case, the U.S. Government attempted to create a Western-style democracy in countries which were decades at least …

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Stand Up and Fight! The Creation of U.S. Security Organizations, 1942-2005

Author: COL Ty Seidule, Dr Jacqueline E Whitt View the Executive Summary Stand Up and Fight is a collection of essays that explores how new National Security Organizations are stood up—that is, formed, organized, funded, and managed—in the first years of their existence. From Joint ventures to combatant commands to cabinet-level departments, each organization’s history …

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New Realities: Energy Security in the 2010s and Implications for the U.S. Military

Author: Dr John R Deni View the Executive Summary Revolutionary changes among energy producers and dramatically altered patterns of energy consumption across the planet are having profound implications for American national security in general and the U.S. Army specifically. The U.S. Army War College gathered experts from the policymaking community, academia, think tanks, the private …

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American Grand Strategy and the Future of U.S. Landpower

Author: Major Joseph V Da Silva, Dr Hugh P Liebert, Prof Isaiah Wilson III View the Executive Summary The U.S. military faces a dramatic rebalancing among its services. As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have waned, an era of budget austerity has emerged and the U.S. strategic focus has shifted toward the Pacific, American …

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Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?

Author: Mr Henry D Sokolski View the Executive Summary In 2009, President Obama spotlighted nuclear terrorism as one of the top threats to international security, launching an international effort to identify, secure, and dispose of global stocks of weapons-usable nuclear materials—namely highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium. Since that time, three nuclear security summits have …

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Stepping Up: Burden Sharing by NATO’s Newest Members

Author: Dr Joel R Hillison View the Executive Summary This book examines the burden sharing behavior of new NATO members. It makes the argument that new NATO members are burden sharing at a greater rate than older NATO members. It also suggests that NATO’s expansion did not lead to greater free-riding behavior in NATO, contrary …

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Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military

Author: Dr John R Deni View the Executive Summary Dramatic political, economic, and social changes across both the Greater Middle East and Latin America over the last several years—in some instances revolutionary, in others evolutionary—have had profound implications for global security generally and U.S. security specifically. Policymakers in Washington are hence confronted with the issue …

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The U.S.-India Relationship: Cross-Sector Collaboration To Promote Sustainable Development

Author: LTC John D Colwell, Jr, Dr Michael J Fratantuono, Dr David M Sarcone View the Executive Summary In the current era, initiatives that involve cross-sector collaboration—collaboration among participants representing government, military, for-profit, non-profit, citizen groups, and intergovernmental organizations—to tackle problems that defy easy solution are becoming more commonplace at all levels of society. Thus, …

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A History of the U.S. Army Officer Corps, 1900-1990

Author: Dr Arthur T Coumbe View the Executive Summary The present volume was written as a supplement to series of monographs authored by Casey Wardynski, David Lyle, and Mike Colarusso of the Army’s Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis and published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College from 2009 to …

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