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Landpower and Crises: Army Roles and Missions in Smaller-Scale Contingencies During the 1990s

Author: Dr Conrad C Crane The author analyzes the role of landpower in the 170 smaller-scale contingencies conducted by the United States during the last decade. He divides such contingencies into engagement, enhanced deterrence, hostility, and stabilization phases, and discusses the military’s role in each one. The author especially emphasizes the recurring problems in the …

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Alternative National Military Strategies for the United States

Author: Dr Conrad C Crane The 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) will have to address all the relevant issues about the future course of American national security strategy and provide useful recommendations to the new administration as it develops a new security strategy. The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and the …

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Multinational Land Forces and the NATO Force Structure Review

Author: Dr Thomas-Durell Young Since 1991, standing and mobilization forces made available by nations to NATO have been steadily reduced, particularly in the case of land forces. Equally important have been the structures NATO has created into which national contributions would fall on deployment. Military Committee (MC) 317, accepted by nations in 1991, provides the …

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Redefining Land Power for the 21st Century

Author: Dr William T Johnsen Divisive debates over the future force structures of the U.S. Armed Forces have continued despite the Report of the Commission on Roles and Missions for the Armed Forces (May 1995) and the more recent reports of the Quadrennial Defense Review (May 1997) and the National Defense Panel (December 1997). Part …

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Force Planning Considerations for Army XXI

Author: Dr William T Johnsen The U.S. Army has moved along the path of preparing for the 21st century. This process began with the conceptual examinations and assessments carried out under the “Louisiana Maneuvers” and the Army’s Battle Labs, and matured through the Force XXI process. The Army recently completed its first series of Advanced …

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The Evolution in Military Affairs: Shaping the Future U.S. Armed Forces

Author: Prof Douglas C Lovelace Jr Professor Douglas Lovelace articulates the exigent need to begin preparing the U.S. armed forces for the international security environment which will succeed the post-Cold War era. He defines national security interests, describes the future international security environment, identifies derivative future national security objectives and strategic concepts, and discerns the …

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The Future Roles of U.S. Military Power and Their Implications

Author: Dr William T Johnsen As the daily headlines attest, the Department of Defense is in the midst of a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Charged by Congress, the Department of Defense is examining a broad range of issues concerning U.S. military policy and strategy (inter alia, future national defense strategy, the force structure necessary to …

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Whither the RMA: Two Perspectives on Tomorrow’s Army

Author: COL Raoul Henri Alcala, Dr Paul Bracken In April 1994, the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute hosted its Fifth Annual Strategy Conference. The theme was “The Revolution in Military Affairs: Defining an Army for the 21st Century.” After fourteen of the nation’s leading defense scholars presented papers on the role of technology in …

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