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Senior Conference 55—The Emerging Environment in the Indo-Pacific Region: Drivers, Directions, and Decisions

Editors: Dr Terry Babcock-Lumish, COL Tania Chacho, MAJ Tom Fox, MAJ Zachary Griffiths As the Indo-Pacific region enters a period of uncertainty, this monograph details the proceedings of West Point’s 2019 Senior Conference 55. Scholars and practitioners convened to discuss and debate strategic changes, and experts shared thoughts during keynote addresses and panels on economics, …

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Cyber Infrastructure Protection: Vol. III

Author: LTC John D Colwell, Jr, Dr Tarek N Saadawi Despite leaps in technological advancements made in computing system hardware and software areas, we still hear about massive cyberattacks that result in enormous data losses. Cyberattacks in 2015 included: sophisticated attacks that targeted Ashley Madison, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the White House, …

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Training Humans for the Human Domain

Author: Mr Keir Giles, Dr Steve Tatham Experience from Afghanistan and Iraq has demonstrated the vital nature of understanding human terrain, with conclusions relevant far beyond counterinsurgency operations in the Islamic world. Any situation where adversary actions are described as “irrational” demonstrates a fundamental failure in understanding the human dimension of the conflict. It follows …

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The Rise of iWar: Identity, Information, and the Individualization of Modern Warfare

Author: COL Glenn J Voelz During a decade of global counterterrorism operations and two extended counterinsurgency campaigns, the United States was confronted with a new kind of adversary. Without uniforms, flags, and formations, the task of identifying and targeting these combatants represented an unprecedented operational challenge for which Cold War era doctrinal methods were largely …

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Future Warfare Anthology, Revised Edition

Author: Maj Gen Robert H Scales This Revised Anthology is about the future of military operations in the opening decades of the 21st century. Its purpose is not to predict the future, but to speculate on the conduct of military operations as an instrument of national policy in a world absent massive thermonuclear and conventional …

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Chinese Arms Exports: Policy, Players and Process

Author: Dr Bates Gill, Mr Evan S Medeiros Global arms proliferation continues to be a key concern for the United States, particularly the export role of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Although China experienced a significant decline in its arms exports in the 1990s (down from the boom times of the 1980s), the PRC …

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Technology and the 21st Century Battlefield: Recomplicating Moral Life for the Statesman and the Soldier

Author: COL Charles J Dunlap Jr The author starts from the traditional American notion that technology might offer a way to decrease the horror and suffering of warfare. He points out that historically this assumption is flawed in that past technological advances, from gunpowder weapons to bombers, have only made warfare more–not less–bloody. With a …

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The Revolution in Military Affairs: Prospects and Cautions

Author: Dr Earl H Tilford Jr The current Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is taking place against the background of a larger historical watershed involving the end of the Cold War and the advent of what Alvin and Heidi Toffler have termed “the Information Age.” In this essay, Dr. Earl Tilford argues that RMAs are …

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The Impact of the Media on National Security Policy Decision Making

Author: Dr Douglas V Johnson II What is the impact of the media upon national security policy decision making? Do network news personalities exert genuine power over the national command authority? Does the photograph of a mob dragging the body of a dead American soldier through the streets drive policy decisions? If the answers to …

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Responding to Terrorism across the Technological Spectrum

Author: Dr Bruce Hoffman In April 1994, the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute held its annual Strategy Conference. This year’s theme was “The Revolution in Military Affairs: Defining an Army for the 21st Century.” Dr. Bruce Hoffman presented this paper as part of a panel examining “New Technologies and New Threats.” Terrorism, of course, …

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The Revolution in Military Affairs: A Framework for Defense Planning

Author: Dr Michael J Mazarr In April 1994, the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute held its annual Strategy Conference. This year’s theme was “The Revolution in Military Affairs: Defining an Army for the 21st Century.” Dr. Michael J. Mazarr argues that the current revolution in military affairs is part of a larger sociopolitical transformation. …

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The Military-News Media Relationship: Thinking Forward

Author: Dr Rod Lyon, COL Charles W Ricks, Prof William T Tow Over the course of the next six months, the Strategic Studies Institute will examine the impact of the media’s technological advances on strategic and operational level planning and policymaking, first in an overseas theater, and subsequently on decisions made at the national level. …

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