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Silent Partners: Organized Crime, Irregular Groups, and Nation-States

Author: Dr Shima D Keene The U.S. Army increasingly faces adversaries that are difficult to define. The threat landscape is further complicated by the silent partnership between criminal organizations, irregular groups, and nation-states. This collaboration, whatever its exact nature, is problematic, because it confounds understanding of the adversary, making existing countermeasures less effective, and thus …

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Exit Strategy: Rule of Law and the U.S. Army

Author: Dr Shima D Keene Establishing the rule of law is a key goal and end state in counterinsurgency (COIN) operations and is a critical aspect of securing peace and preventing future conflict. However, recent experience in theaters such as Afghanistan has shown that establishing effective rule of law institutions and practices is not a …

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Reconstructing Iraq: Insights, Challenges, and Missions for Military Forces in a Post-Conflict Scenario

Author: Dr Conrad C Crane, Dr W Andrew Terrill In October 2002, the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, in coordination with the Office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff/G-3, initiated a study to analyze how American and coalition forces can best address the requirements that will necessarily follow operational victory in a …

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Reconstructing Iraq: Challenges and Missions for Military Forces in a Post-Conflict Scenario

Author: Dr Conrad C Crane, Dr W Andrew Terrill With the winds of war swirling around Iraq, it is time to plan for its post-conflict reconstruction. To assist such planning, this study proposes a construct for identifying the postwar missions to be accomplished following a victory over the Hussein regime and suggests the time phasing …

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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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