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Military Change & Transformation Studies

Added August 27, 2015
Type: Monograph
Terrorist and Insurgent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Use, Potentials, and Military Implications. Authored by Dr. Robert J. Bunker.
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U.S. Army organizations and its sister services are effected by nonstate threat unmanned aerial vehicle (or drone) use, as well as domestic policing and federal law enforcement bodies tasked with counterterrorism and homeland security missions. This technology can and will be used against U.S. troops deployed overseas and against civilians back home.
Added August 25, 2015
Type: Letort Papers
Using Target Audience Analysis to Aid Strategic Level Decisionmaking. Authored by Dr. Steve Tatham.
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The author evaluates how advanced social science research can be applied to latent and emergent threats globally to provide strategic policy options.
Added August 11, 2015
Type: Monograph
Duffer’s Shoal: A Strategic Dream of the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility. Authored by Colonel Russell N. Bailey, Colonel (NZ) Christopher J. Parsons, Colonel Elizabeth R. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel Derek J. O'Malley, Lieutenant Colonel Bob Dixon, Ms. Laura McAleer.
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This monograph is a powerful primer for strategic and operational thinking. The successful defense of Duffer’s Drift required the nuanced application of hard-earned knowledge; ignoring even one tactical lesson guaranteed certain defeat.
Added July 29, 2015
Type: Monograph
China’s Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia’s Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia. Authored by Roman Muzalevsky.
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China’s emergence as a global actor has questioned the position of the United States as the strongest power and the future of the Washington-led global order. To achieve the status of a truly global player wielding influence in all dimensions of power would require China to leverage its regional influence in Central Asia.
Added July 22, 2015
Type: Book
A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key U.S. Allies and Security Partners. Edited by Gary J. Schmitt.
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Following the end of the Cold War, less attention has been paid to America’s allies, especially their “hard power” capabilities, despite the United States and its allies going to war more frequently than before. This volume addresses that gap, providing a holistic account of allied hard power and, in turn, the ability—and, indirectly, the willingness—of those same partners to use force independently or in concert with the United States and other allies.
Added April 30, 2015
Type: Book
Stand Up and Fight! The Creation of U.S. Security Organizations, 1942-2005. Edited by Colonel Ty Seidule, Dr. Jacqueline E. Whitt.
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Stand Up and Fight is a collection of essays that explores how new National Security Organizations are stood up—that is, formed, organized, funded, and managed—in the first years of their existence. From Joint ventures to combatant commands to cabinet-level departments, each organization’s history reveals important themes and lessons for leaders to consider in forming a new organization.
Added April 21, 2015
Type: Monograph
Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support. Authored by Jeffery L. Caton.
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During the past half-century, Army space operations have evolved from a realm exclusive to scientists and engineers, to highly classified activities largely unknown to the general population, to the unveiling of space-based communication, imagery, surveillance, and environment capabilities that have become a foundation for all modern warfare. Is the Army properly postured to meet current and future space-based support needs to conduct unified land operations?
Added April 13, 2015
Type: Letort Papers
Another Brick in the Wall: The Israeli Experience in Missile Defense. Authored by Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan.
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The Israeli experience in missile defense reveals crucial lessons on the military adaptation to both new threats and new remedies that have direct implications for the United States and its allies.
Added April 09, 2015
Type: Letort Papers
A Russian View on Landpower. Authored by Major General Aleksandr V. Rogovoy, Keir Giles.
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In a time of rapid change for the U.S. Army, it is essential to retain awareness of how potential adversaries are also developing their concepts of Landpower. This Letort Paper lays out an authoritative Russian view on the importance of substantial conventional land forces—a view which U.S. force planners should study closely.
Added April 08, 2015
Type: Monograph
Space-Based Solar Power: A Technical, Economic, and Operational Assessment. Authored by Jeffery L. Caton.
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With growing international awareness of energy security challenges, the promise of space-based solar power for clean and unlimited energy for all humankind is certainly appealing. While significant progress continues in the enabling technologies of such systems, is there compelling evidence that space-based solar power systems will provide the best energy solution? How does the Army’s current approach to incorporating a diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources in distributed locations compare to the potential of enterprise ventures that beam energy from solar collectors in space?
Added April 03, 2015
Type: Monograph
Thucydides Was Right: Defining the Future Threat. Authored by Dr. Colin S. Gray.
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To define future threat is, in a sense, an impossible task, yet it is one that must be done. The only sources of empirical evidence accessible are the past and the present; one cannot obtain understanding about the future from the future.
Added April 01, 2015
Type: Monograph
Confidence Building in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Territorial and Weapons-Based Regimes. Authored by Dr. Mary Manjikian.
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Confidence-building measures among nations can establish trust, prevent misunderstandings, and establish stable conditions in the international system. In considering how to establish confidence-building measures in cyberspace, analysts can learn from past examples—including the establishment of weapons-based confidence-building measures in the areas of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons, as well as in the Indo-Pakistan Conflict.
Added February 11, 2015
Type: Monograph
Senior Conference 50, The Army We Need: The Role of Landpower in an Uncertain Strategic Environment. Edited by Major Charlie D Lewis, Dr. Rachel M Sondheimer, Colonel Jeffrey D Peterson.
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Senior Conference 2014, the 50th iteration of the United States Military Academy (USMA) Senior Conference, explored emerging trends and their implications for the Army’s strategic contribution to national security.
Added February 03, 2015
Type: Book
New Realities: Energy Security in the 2010s and Implications for the U.S. Military. Edited by Dr. John R. Deni.
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How are the profound, even revolutionary changes in today’s global energy markets affecting U.S. national security and the U.S. military? Experts from academia, think tanks, the Pentagon, and the private sector address these and related questions in this timely, important edited volume.
Added January 23, 2015
Type: Monograph
Army Support of Military Cyberspace Operations: Joint Contexts and Global Escalation Implications. Authored by Jeffery L. Caton.
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Military cyberspace operations have been ongoing since before the advent of the Internet and their influence on traditional military operations continues to increase. What are the significant changes in mission and structure of Department of Defense offensive and defensive cyberspace activities over the past decade? How do joint and Army cyberspace military operations fit into the complex and dynamic sphere of daily network defense as well as international deterrence and escalation?