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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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Grand Strategy is Attrition: The Logic of Integrating Various Forms of Power in Conflict

Author: Dr Lukas Milevski In this monograph, Dr. Lukas Milevski examines the logic of grand strategy in practice, defined by its most basic building block—combining military and non-military power in war. He lays out competing visions of how to define grand strategy and why the aforementioned building block is the most fundamental. The monograph establishes …

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What Next for Russia’s Front-Line States?

Author: Mr Keir Giles Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, alarmed not only Western-leaning states in Central Europe and the Baltic but also Moscow’s traditional allies. These events signaled that Moscow is now willing and capable of using direct military force against perceived strategic threats in its self-proclaimed region of …

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Contemporary Chemical Weapons Use in Syria and Iraq by the Assad Regime and the Islamic State

Author: Dr Robert J Bunker This monograph focuses on an understudied, but yet a critically important and timely component of land warfare, related to the battlefield use of chemical weapons by contemporary threat forces. It will do so by focusing on two case studies related to chemical weapons use in Syria and Iraq by the …

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Maneuvering the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry in the Middle East: How the United States Can Preserve and Protect Its Long-Term Interests in the Region

Author: Mr Gregory Aftandilian This monograph examines the conflicts in the Middle East region between Saudi Arabia and Iran and the so-called proxy wars that are being fought between them, and discusses ways that the United States needs to maneuver carefully in this struggle to preserve its long-term interests in the area. Although Washington has …

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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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Maintaining Information Dominance in Complex Environments

Author: Dr John A S. Ardis, Dr Shima D Keene There are many risks to the U.S. Army’s command and control (C2) operations and to its intelligence and information warfare (IW) capabilities. The challenges include: significant uncertainty; sudden unexpected events; high noise and clutter levels in intelligence pictures; basic and complex deceptions exercised through a …

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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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The Dual-System Problem in Complex Conflicts

Author: Ms. Melissa Gregg, Dr. Robert D. Lamb Conflict and fragile environments are increasingly complex and unpredictable, but the U.S. policy system itself is much more complex and unpredictable than most leaders appreciate. In this monograph, the authors argue that until we get a grasp on this “dual-system problem,” the United States will fall further …

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Radical Islamist English-Language Online Magazines: Research Guide, Strategic Insights, and Policy Response

Author: Pamela L. Bunker, Dr Robert J Bunker This Strategic Studies Institute book provides a comprehensive research guide to radical Islamist English-language online magazines, eBooks, and assorted radical Islamist news magazines, reports, and pocketbooks published between April-May 2007 and November 2016, and generates strategic insights and policy response options. Download PDF

New Directions in Just-War Theory

Author: Dr. J. T. Reiner One of the major developments in international law since World War II is the growth of human rights law dedicated to ensuring the protection of individuals from violence wherever they are, including from their own state. Tracking such changes, in recent decades, just-war theory has evolved from its traditional focus …

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The Clash of the Trinities: A New Theoretical Analysis of the General Nature of War

Author: MAJ Daniel D. Maurer This monograph reimagines war’s fundamental nature, extending Clausewitz’s theory of its political origin and “Trinitarian” elements in a way that embraces alternative, sociological explanations like that of John Keegan. Ultimately, it proposes a new way to visualize the complexities of war’s intrinsic elements, operating at any scale, and expresses war …

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