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    Added August 27, 2015

    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.

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    Added August 25, 2015

    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.

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    Added August 11, 2015

    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.

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    Added August 07, 2015

    2015-16 Key Strategic Issues List

    Edited by Professor John F. Troxell.
    The recently published National Military Strategy emphasizes the unpredictability of the global security environment. According to General Dempsey, “global disorder has significantly increased while some of our comparative military advantage has begun to erode. We now face multiple, simultaneous security challenges…” General Odierno echoes this concern by pointing to the “increased velocity of instability,” and emboldened potential adversaries that have “magnified the risk to U.S. interests around the world.” Responding to this period of geopolitical uncertainty demands thoughtful and careful analysis of a wide array of strategic issues. The Strategic Studies Institutes’ (SSI) annual Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) addresses this need by providing a list of high-priority topics organized to support the Army's most important strategic objectives, issues that must be addressed to ensure the Army of 2025 and beyond will continue to meet the needs of the nation. Part I of the KSIL lists the Chief of Staff of the Army’s top five topics, all five of which will be addressed as integrative research projects by the US Army War College. Part II, “Priority Research Areas,” is a compilation of critical topics developed by the Army War College and Commands and organizations throughout the Army. Part III consists of the Army Warfighting Challenges. Students and researchers are encouraged to get in touch with the topic sponsors listed in the document, tackle one of these issues, and contribute to the knowledge base needed to support the future direction of the Army.

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    Added August 04, 2015

    A Shared Burden: The Military and Civilian Consequences of Army Pain Management Since 2001

    Authored by Colonel Craig Trebilcock.
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    The Army has developed a prescription pain pill culture since 2001 that is not being adequately addressed through current Army enforcement and medical policies. A survey of recent U.S. Army War College graduates and civilian Veterans Court judges suggests the road to an opioid free fighting force lies not in more enforcement, but in prescription reform, Soldier medical monitoring, and meaningful rehabilitation programs.

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    Added July 30, 2015

    The Limits of Military Officers’ Duty to Obey Civilian Orders: A Neo-Classical Perspective

    Authored by Robert E. Atkinson, Jr.
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    When must military officers obey civilian orders; when may they, or must they, disobey? This paper tries to ground both the professional duty of obedience and the standard exceptions, legal and moral, in a classical understanding of the common good.

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    Added July 29, 2015

    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.

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    Added July 29, 2015

    Reassessing the Barriers to Islamic Radicalization in Kazakhstan

    Authored by Zhulduz Baizakova, Mr. Roger N. McDermott.
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    This critical study examines the numerous barriers which serve to mitigate the spread of religious extremism and the formation of a local support base for Islamic terrorism in Kazakhstan. These factors, including historical, linguistic, cultural, religious, and social development, are considered in order to understand fully the driving factors in the evolution of Kazakhstan’s counterterrorist policy and the state’s ongoing efforts to restrict the growth of Islamic radicalization.

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    Added July 28, 2015

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2025

    Edited by Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Dr. David Lai.
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    The Chinese People’s Liberation Army of 2025 is the 2014 edition of an ongoing series on the People’s Liberation Army co-published by the Strategic Studies Institute, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the United States Pacific Command. This volume builds on previous volumes and identifies potential trajectories for PLA force modernization and mission focus, and how these potential changes could impact external actors.

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    Added July 22, 2015

    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.

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    Added June 30, 2015

    Paid to Perform: Aligning Total Military Compensation with Talent Management, Vol. 8

    Authored by Roy A. Wallace, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso, COL Andrew O. Hall, Lieutenant Colonel David S. Lyle, Major Michael S. Walker.
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    Talent-driven officer management demands a compensation system capable of rewarding a diverse range of individual skills, knowledge, and behaviors. This monograph outlines proposed changes to U.S. military officer compensation, providing a set of tools ideally suited to the task of maintaining a competitive edge in defense-specific human capital.

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    Added June 29, 2015

    Russian Ballistic Missile Defense: Rhetoric and Reality

    Authored by Keir Giles.
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    Russia continues to oppose strenuously U.S. plans for missile defense in Europe, despite the fact that Russia itself seeks to develop comparable missile defense systems, that, by their own logic, would be equally destabilizing. This monograph reviews Russian plans and progress toward implementing them, to prepare the ground for inevitable future confrontation with Russia over the rollout of U.S. systems.

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    Added June 29, 2015

    The Army War College Review Vol. 1 No. 2

    Edited by Dr. Larry D Miller.
    The Army War College Review, a refereed publication of student work, is produced under the purview of the Strategic Studies Institute and the United States Army War College. An electronic quarterly, The AWC Review connects student intellectual work with professionals invested in U.S. national security, Landpower, strategic leadership, global security studies, and the advancement of the profession of arms.

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    Added June 25, 2015

    The Strategic Lessons Unlearned from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the ANSF Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

    Authored by Dr. M. Chris Mason.
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    The wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan were lost almost before the first American shots were fired, not on the battlefield, but at the strategic level of war. This book explains why, and describes year-by-year, what will happen in Afghanistan from 2015 to 2019.

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    Added June 17, 2015

    The New Russian Engagement with Latin America: Strategic Position, Commerce, and Dreams of the Past

    Authored by Dr. R. Evan Ellis.
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    Although overshadowed by China, Russia's re-engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, which includes military deployments, arms sales, and the negotiation of base access agreements, impacts the regional security environment and potentially challenges U.S. national security. This monograph provides one of the first broad, in depth analyses of Russian engagement in the region, including an examination of its political and economic, as well as military activities, with an examination of implications for the U.S. and recommendation for U.S. policymakers.

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    Added June 04, 2015

    The Strategic Importance of the Global Oil Market

    Authored by Dr. Leif Rosenberger.
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    The global oil market in 2015 is not what it used to be. This Letort Paper explains why there are new winners and losers both inside the United States, as well as globally, and how to respond to challenges to the international oil industry.

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    Added June 03, 2015

    Iraq’s Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challenges and Options

    Authored by Dr. Norman Cigar.
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    The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has seen a resurgence of the Shia militias in Iraq and unprecedented prominence for the warlords who lead them. Given the presence of U.S. Landpower in Iraq as part of the fight against ISIS and the close links of some of the militias with Iran, understanding the militias’ role and capabilities is key for force protection and operational security, as well as for policy concerns.

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    Added May 29, 2015

    Gold, Blood, and Power: Finance and War Through the Ages

    Authored by James Lacey.
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    Wars are won not by the state with the biggest war chest, but by the state with the key to opening it. This survey of the link between finance and war demonstrates the crucial importance an endless stream of money is for strategic success.

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    Added May 28, 2015

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

    Authored by COL Gregory K. Anderson, COL Gert-Jan Kooij, LTC Karen L.T. Briggman, LTC Joseph E. Hilbert, Lt Col Christopher T. Lay, Dr. James C. McNaughton. Edited by Dr. John R. Deni.
    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 operated just beneath traditional thresholds of conflict to take full advantage of U.S. and NATO policy and process limitations. In light of this strategic problem, the U.S. Army War College (US - AWC), conducted a wargame that revealed four key considerations for future policy and strategy.

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    Added May 12, 2015

    From Frozen Ties to Strategic Engagement: U.S.-Iranian Relationship in 2030

    Authored by Roman Muzalevsky.
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    The possibility of P5+1 and Iran reaching a nuclear deal and benefits of a U.S.-Iranian strategic détente prompt an assessment of a U.S.-Iranian strategic relationship over the next 15 years. This work identifies three possible types of such relationship, providing recommendations for the United States, Iran, and their partners to cultivate and prepare for a strategic shift that such a revised relationship entails.

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    Added May 04, 2015

    The Gulf Moment: Arab Relations Since 2011

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
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    The Arab Spring has changed the region not only at the domestic level, it has set in motion a profound transition from how these regional states once related to each other to that of a new intra-regional dynamic. In diplomatic terms, it has entered a Gulf Moment, where regional decisions are now taken by the Gulf states themselves.

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    Added April 30, 2015

    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.

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    Added April 21, 2015

    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?

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    Added April 15, 2015

    Parsing Chinese-Russian Military Exercises

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    During the past decade, China and Russia have deepened their defense cooperation to include a range of bilateral and multilateral military exercises. These have multiple purposes and the potential to evolve into a more significant security development in coming years.

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    Added April 14, 2015

    Maturing Defense Support of Civil Authorities and the Dual Status Commander Arrangement through the Lens of Process Improvement

    Authored by Ryan Burke, Dr. Sue McNeil.
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    Military operations are intricate, dynamic, and fluid. For these reasons, military commanders and planners regularly rehearse, train, exercise, and simulate operational scenarios so they are better prepared to face such challenges in real-world situations. Domestic civil support operations in response to emergencies or disasters present a challenging operational environment full of legal, financial, and even political barriers unique only to domestic missions.

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    Added April 13, 2015

    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.

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    Added April 10, 2015

    The State-Society/Citizen Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for Planning and Implementation of U.S. Intervention and Peace/State-building Operations

    Authored by Dr. Yannis A. Stivachtis.
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    This monograph argues that the design and effective implementation of peacemaking and peace/state-building policies require that the U.S. strategists are fully aware of what constitutes a security issue for social groups and individuals in third countries. Consequently, in order to create strong states in post-conflict situations, U.S. strategic planning and actions should be based on the adoption of the broaden definition of security as well as the idea of human security

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    Added April 09, 2015

    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.

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    Added April 09, 2015

    Toward a Unified Military Response: Hurricane Sandy and the Dual Status Commander

    Authored by Ryan Burke, Dr. Sue McNeil.
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    This monograph carefully and comprehensively analyzes the dual status commander (DSC)-led military response to Hurricane Sandy in New York. It offers objective and systematic documentation of this response, including DSC-led military response. It concludes with a series of actionable recommendations aimed at improving operational decisionmaking, policy, and legislation specifically related to DSCs during no-notice/limited-notice incidents.

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    Added April 08, 2015

    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?

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