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Veteran Disability Compensation and the Army Profession: Good Intentions Gone Awry

Authors: Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras  Previous studies analyzing disability compensation have decried its $76 billion annual budget or warned of its perverse ability to incentivize veterans not to work. This study focuses on the impact of this moral hazard on the US Army profession. If soldiers continue to capitalize on an extremely …

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Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) 2021-2022

Editors: COL Steve Cunningham, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute New for Academic Years 2021-2022, the USAWC has published an updated Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL). The KSIL informs students, faculty, and external research associates of strategic topics requiring research and analysis. The USAWC in coordination with Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA), major commands throughout the …

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Striking the Balance: US Army Force Posture in Europe, 2028—A Study Sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Army

Authors: J.P. Clark and C. Anthony Pfaff Within the context of Europe, the US Army must develop a force posture that best navigates the tensions between deterring or defeating armed conflict at acceptable cost, successfully competing below armed conflict, and maintaining global responsiveness and institutional flexibility through the global operating model and dynamic force employment. …

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Commentary on “The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028”

Author: Huba Wass de Czege Does The US Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028 lack a clear theory of victory? A comparative analysis of the development of MDO and the historical concepts of Active Defense and AirLand Battle reveals the necessity of greater insight into sources of Russian and Chinese behavior and countering mechanisms, what constitutes …

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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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Nonstate Actors and Anti-Access/Area Denial Strategies: The Coming Challenge

Author: Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan This monograph explores the emerging challenge of nonstate actors’ anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) strategies and their implications for the United States and its allies by looking at two regions, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, with case studies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Houthis …

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Professionalizing the Iraqi Army: US Engagement after the Islamic State

Author: Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff Security cooperation with Iraq remains a critical component of the US-Iraq relationship. Despite neighboring Iran’s ability to limit US political and economic engagement, Iraq still seeks US assistance to develop its military and to combat resurgent terrorist organizations. This monograph provides a historical and cultural basis from which to understand …

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Turkey and the United States on the Brink: Implications for NATO and the US-Turkish Strategic and Military Partnership

Author: Kamal A. Beyoghlow, PhD This monograph analyzes the current political tensions between the United States and Turkey and suggests ways to manage them. The two countries have been strategic allies since at least the end of World War II—Turkey became a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member and participated with its military forces in the …

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A Modern Army Reserve for a Multi-Domain World: Structural Realities and Untapped Potential

Author: Major General Lewis G. Irwin This monograph identifies challenges and opportunities in today’s US Army Reserve. Since its inception in 1908, the Army Reserve has made important, diverse, and cost-effective contributions to the Army and the Joint Force and has shown the ability to adapt in profound ways to meet emerging requirements. In the …

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The Russian Military in Contemporary Perspective

Editor: Dr Stephen J. Blank Wherever one looks, Russia is carrying out aggressive military and informational attacks against the West in Europe, North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. This “war against the West” actually began over a decade ago, but its most jarring and shocking event, the one that started to …

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USAWC Quarterly: Parameters – Autumn 2019

Editor: Dr Antulio J. Echevarria FEATURES: Special Commentary: “Learning Lessons from Afghanistan: Two Imperatives” by Hew Strachan. “Afghanistan’s Lessons: Part I” articles by Seth A. Johnston, Howard G. Cooms, Martijn Kitzen, and Christophe Lafaye. “World War II: 75th Anniversary” articles by Conrad C. Crane and Alexander G. Lovelace Download PDF

Recommendations for Success in Afghanistan

Author: Dr M. Chris Mason The United States will soon enter the 18th year of combat operations in Afghanistan. During that time, multiple approaches to stabilize the country have been tried, including support to regional security initiatives, “nation-building,” counterinsurgency, counternarcotics, counterterrorism, and “train and equip.” The constellation of anti-government elements known collectively as the Taliban …

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Parameters VOL. 49 NO. 1–2 Spring–Summer 2019

Editor: Dr Antulio J. Echevarria FEATURES: A2/AD Myths: Chinese & Russian – “Anti-Access Strategies in the Pacific: The United States and China” by Sam J. Tangredi. “Russia’s A2/AD Capabilities: Real and Imagined” by Keir Giles and Mathieu Boulegue. Enhancing Security & Stability – “Human Security in the Arctic: Implications for the United States Army” by …

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Deterrence in the Nordic-Baltic Region: The Role of the Nordic Countries Together With the U.S. Army

Author: Dr Stefan Forss, Juha Pyykönen With enhanced cooperation from the U.S. Army, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Nordic partner nations could combine efforts with each other and with the Alliance to deliver effective and visible regional deterrence against a resurgent Russia in the Nordic-Baltic region. This monograph by two leading Finnish defense academics explores …

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An Unnatural Partnership? The Future of U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation

Author: Dr Samit Ganguly, Dr M Chris Mason As global competition with an increasingly assertive Chinese Government expands, the strategic relationship between India and the United States is assuming ever-greater importance. From a superficial perspective, a strategic partnership seems to make a great deal of sense for both countries. Yet, enormous political, cultural, and structural …

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A Whole-of-Government Approach to Gray Zone Warfare

Author: Ms. Elizabeth G. Troeder This monograph provides an assessment of gray zone tactics used by the most active U.S. adversaries and builds the case for requiring U.S. Federal agencies to request that the Deputy National Security Advisor convene a National Security Council/Deputies Committee (NSC/DC) meeting whenever any Federal agency deems a gray zone approach …

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Maneuver and Manipulation: On the Military Strategy of Online Information Warfare

Author: Mr. Tim Hwang How should the defense community best organize to combat modern campaigns of propaganda and disinformation? Without a broader strategic concept of the nature of the challenge posed by these techniques, current efforts and investments run the risk of simply chasing the latest tactics without establishing enduring security. This monograph offers a …

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Parameters VOL. 48 NO. 4 Winter 2018-19

Editor: Dr Antulio J Echevarria II FEATURES: Special Commentary “Civil-Military Relations and Today’s Policy Environment” by Thomas N. Garner. Coercion: New Means & Methods. “Social Media Warriors: Leveraging a New Battlespace” by Buddhika B. Jayamaha and Jahara Matisek. “Multidimensionality: Rethinking Power Projection for the 21st Century” by David J. Katz. Technological Innovation: Problems & Prospects: …

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Command Decision: Ethical Leadership in the Information Environment

Author: Mr Keir Giles Big data amplifies a classical problem of military leadership, namely, making critical decisions based on limited and often unreliable information. This monograph considers three leadership models that provide an alternative to an overreliance on technological solutions to address new challenges emerging at the various stages of the intelligence process. Download PDF