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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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Executive Summary: The U.S. Army in the Iraq War, Vol. 1

Author: USAWC Strategic Studies Institute Originally commissioned by Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond T. Odierno, The U.S. Army in the Iraq War is the Army’s interim examination of military operations in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. This study, published in two volumes, is a narrative history that tells the story of U.S. …

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Executive Summary: The U.S. Army in the Iraq War, Vol. 2

Author: USAWC Strategic Studies Institute Originally commissioned by Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond T. Odierno, The U.S. Army in the Iraq War is the Army’s interim examination of military operations in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. This study, published in two volumes, is a narrative history that tells the story of U.S. …

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Strategic Insights: ISIS in Libya: A Threat or a Dead-End?

Author: Dr Azeem Ibrahim Prior to 1912, Libya was a province within the Ottoman Empire and subdivided into two regions (Tripolitania in the west and Cyrenaica in the east) reflecting a long-standing ethnic and geographic division in the country. Although not administered separately, the large region reaching south into the Sahara had a different ethnic …

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Current Russia Military Affairs

Editor: Dr John R Deni What are the key strategic objectives of Russian foreign and security policy? How has Russian operational planning been affected by experiences in Georgia, Ukraine, and elsewhere in recent years? What international or domestic factors most influence Russian force modernization? These and other questions were at the top of the agenda …

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Visiting Research Professor

Author: USAWC Strategic Studies Institute The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) seeks a visiting research professor, under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, for academic year 2018-2019, with the possibility of continuation for a second year. The visiting professor will advance her or his research while producing SSI studies on …

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Strategic Insights: Nuclear Posture Review: Three Reasons the Army Should Care

Author: Dr Michael Fitzsimmons Debate over the Trump administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is now in full and predictable bloom. While many of its conclusions demonstrate continuity with the Obama administration’s modernization plans, controversy has centered on two of the review’s recommendations: to deploy new low-yield weapons on sea-launched ballistic and cruise missiles; and …

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Climate Impact on National Security

Author: ISGP Institute on Science for Global Policy, USAWC Strategic Studies Institute Why does climate matter for the security of the nation and its citizens? A series of critical evaluations and recommendations focused on how current and deteriorating climate/weather conditions impact U.S. national security and U.S. military missions, domestically and internationally. Download PDF

From Cooperation to Competition: The Future of U.S.-Russian Relations

Author: COL Gregory K Anderson, LTC Karen LT Briggman, Dr John R Deni, LTC Joseph E Hilbert, COL Gert-Jan Kooij, LTC Christopher T Lay, Dr James C McNaughton Russian aggression in 2014 caught U.S. policy and strategy off guard, forcing reactive measures and reevaluation of the U.S. approach toward Russia. Moscow employed nonlinear methodologies and …

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Special Commentary – Fighting the “Islamic State”: The Case for U.S. Ground Forces

Author: Dr. David E. Johnson Abstract: This article argues counterinsurgency wars are not analogous to the challenges presented by the Islamic State. The United States needs to accept the nature of the war it is in, and undertake a clear and comprehensive assessment of the means necessary for strategic success. Such an assessment will make …

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Project 1704: A U.S. Army War College Analysis of Russian Strategy in Eastern Europe, an Appropriate U.S. Response, and the Implications for U.S. Landpower

Author: COL Douglas Mastriano, LTC Derek O’Malley View the Executive Summary The strategic calculus changed in Europe with the 2014 Russian seizure of Crimea and its ongoing war against Ukraine. Compounding the dilemma of an aggressive Russia, is the application of ambiguity to create a clock of uncertainty that prevents a decisive response to counter …

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Memorandum for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Secure Balance and Flexibility In Future Joint Forces

Author: Mr Nathan P Freier The 25th Annual U.S. Army War College Strategy Conference “Balancing the Joint Force to Meet Future Security Challenges” occurred against the backdrop of a complicated decision making environment. It sought establish a context for future military decision making based on two foundational questions: what are the most important military demands …

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

Author: Dr John R Deni The rapidly changing global energy supply situation, coupled with a host of social, political, and economic challenges facing consumer states, has significant implications for the United States generally and for the U.S. military specifically. The U.S. Army War College gathered experts from the policymaking community, academia, think tanks, the private …

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