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Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II

Previous Research Professor of National Security Affairs
Area(s) of Expertise: Army transformation; futures; military history--World War I, military doctrine; civil-military relations; Just War theory and practice; media.

Photo Dr. Douglas V. Johnson II was with the Strategic Studies Institute from 1985 until 2009, first as Strategic Research Analyst and then as Research Professor of National Security Affairs. His 30 years of service in the U.S. Army included two combat tours, a variety of troop and staff assignments, and instructor duty at the U.S. Military Academy and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth. Dr. Johnson's current research addresses Army transformation. He is co-author of Soissons, 1918 (Texas A&M University Press). He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy, a M.A. in History from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in History from Temple University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a diploma from the U.S. Army War College.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II

  • Women in Combat Compendium

    January 24, 2008

    Edited by Colonel Michele M. Putko, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II.
    The topic of Women in Combat has been one of great emotion, but uncertain factual content until recently. The rules created to deal with the fact that women want to serve in the armed forces have ranged from silly to serious, but the factual bases have changed and the plea of all the contributors is to review the entire issue with objectivity and attention to the facts as they exist.

  • Asymmetry and U.S. Military Strategy: Definition, Background, and Strategic Concepts

    January 01, 2001

    Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II.
    This report gives a simple and comprehensive definition of strategic asymmetry reflecting the need for military doctrine which transcends today's specific issues. The authors assess the strategic situation of the United States in terms of positive and negative asymmetry and offer five strategic concepts as part of the response to asymmetry: maximum conceptual and organizational adaptability, focused intelligence, minimal vulnerability, full spectrum precision, and an integrated homeland security strategy.

  • Future Leadership, Old Issues, New Methods

    March 01, 2000

    Edited by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II.
    Each year, the Army After Next Seminar students are asked to orient their Strategy Research Papers on topics appropriate to the programs 30-years in the future focus. Thirty years ago, the United States Army was deeply involved in Vietnam and in the Cold War.

  • Warriors in Peace Operations

    January 01, 1999

    Edited by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II.
    This collection of monographs has been assembled from the 42 Personal Experience Monographs written by the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Class of 1998. The Personal Experience Monograph program was instituted immediately after the Gulf War with the original purpose of capturing first-person histories of various aspects of that war.

  • AY 97 Compendium Army After Next Project

    April 01, 1998

    Authored by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II.
    These student papers are largely focused on present problems which must be solved before movement toward the future can make much progress. If they are not dramatically futuristic in approach, they are nevertheless set against a future backdrop which is still in the process of being defined.

  • The Future of American Landpower: Strategic Challenges for the 21st Century Army

    March 01, 1996

    Authored by Dr. William T. Johnsen, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Steven Metz, LTC James Kievit.
    Armies historically have been criticized for preparing for the last war. Since the early 1980s, however, the U.S. Army has broken this pattern and created a force capable of winning the next war. But, in an era characterized by a volatile international security environment, accelerating technological advances (particularly in acquiring, processing, and disseminating information), the emergence of what some are calling a "revolution in military affairs," and forecasts of increasingly constrained fiscal resources, it seems ill-advised to plan only for the "next Army."

  • The Principles of War in the 21st Century: Strategic Considerations

    August 01, 1995

    Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Dr. William T. Johnsen, LTC James Kievit.
    For nearly two centuries, the principles of war have guided practitioners of the military art. During the last 55 years the principles of war have been a key element of U.S. Army doctrine, and recently they have been incorporated into other Service and Joint doctrines. The turn of the 21st century and the dawn of what some herald as the "Information Age," however, may call into question whether principles originally derived in the 19th century and based on the experience of "Industrial Age" armed forces still hold. Moreover, despite their long existence, the applicability of the principles of war at the strategic level of warfare has not been the subject of detailed analysis or assessment.

  • American Civil-Military Relations: New Issues, Enduring Problems

    April 01, 1995

    Authored by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Dr. Steven Metz.
    The authors were invited to prepare a paper for a conference on Civil-Military Relations in the fall, 1994. That paper was translated into an article for the Winter, 1995 edition of The Washington Quarterly under the title "Civil-Military Relations in the United States: The State of the Debate." Although the intensity of interest in this subject has fallen from the front pages of the newspapers, the authors have here suggested that the debate needs to continue and that it should start with identification of the right questions.

  • The Impact of the Media on National Security Policy Decision Making

    October 01, 1994

    Authored by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II.
    What is the impact of the media upon national security policy decision making? Do network news personalities exert genuine power over the national command authority? Does the photograph of a mob dragging the body of a dead American soldier through the streets drive policy decisions? If the answers to these questions are "Yes," then the claim made by William Randolph Hearst is correct, and national policy is at the mercy of the media.