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  •  Alternative Governance Structures in Megacities: Threats or Opportunities?

    Alternative Governance Structures in Megacities: Threats or Opportunities?

    Alternative Governance Structures in Megacities: Threats or Opportunities? Ms Diane E Chido Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Many cities are growing into “mega” land areas filled with complex terrain and populations where the U.S. military will undoubtedly have to engage. States often fail to provide basic services to some territories, leaving inhabitants disenfranchised. These gaps are then filled by social entrepreneurs, often ethnic or religious-based civil society groups—or even organized crime syndicates—who effectively identify niche needs in the marketplace and fill them more effectively than other competitors, including traditional state authorities. Leaders of these groups maintain control through various means, including: violence, coercion, and service provision; or through tribal, religious, or other cultural ties and structures."
    • Published On: 11/1/2016
  •  U.S.-China Competition: Asia-Pacific Land Force Implications – A U.S. Army War College Integrated Research Project in Support of U.S. Army Pacific Command and Headquarters, Department of the Army, Directorate of Strategy and Policy (HQDA G-35)

    U.S.-China Competition: Asia-Pacific Land Force Implications – A U.S. Army War College Integrated Research Project in Support of U.S. Army Pacific Command and Headquarters, Department of the Army, Directorate of Strategy and Policy (HQDA G-35)

    U.S.-China Competition: Asia-Pacific Land Force Implications – A U.S. Army War College Integrated Research Project in Support of U.S. Army Pacific Command and Headquarters, Department of the Army, Directorate of Strategy and Policy (HQDA G-35) Prof William G Braun III, Dr David Lai Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "This research project is a Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA)-directed study, conducted by the Army War College and co-sponsored by the Commander, U.S. Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) and the Headquarters, Department of the Army, Directorate of Strategy and Policy (HQDA G-35). The report presents findings and recommendations derived from an 8-month, quick-turn, student-led research and analysis effort. The central theme of the research effort is U.S.-China competition and the development of relevant land force recommendations to compete effectively in the gray zone between peace and war."
    • Published On: 11/1/2016
  •  Strategic Insights: The "U.S. Factor" in China's Problems

    Strategic Insights: The "U.S. Factor" in China's Problems

    Strategic Insights: The "U.S. Factor" in China's Problems David Lai Article by US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "There is a widely-shared view in China that the United States has ill will toward China and is always looking for opportunities to make trouble for China. The Chinese believe that this was the case when China was a poor developing nation; and they particularly believe it to be the case today as China is rapidly becoming a great power. The Chinese claim that U.S. influence on every aspect of Chinese foreign and domestic relations is so ubiquitous that they have a name for it: 'U.S. factor/shadow/specter' "
    • Published On: 10/25/2016
  •  Strategic Insights: The "U.S. Factor" in China's Problems

    Strategic Insights: The "U.S. Factor" in China's Problems

    Strategic Insights: The "U.S. Factor" in China's Problems Dr David Lai Article by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press
    • Published On: 10/25/2016
  •  AY17 National Security Policy and Strategy Course Directive

    AY17 National Security Policy and Strategy Course Directive

    AY17 National Security Policy and Strategy Course Directive COL Robert E Hamilton, Dr Richard A Lacquement Jr Course Directive by the US Army War College "The National Security Policy and Strategy (NSPS) course focuses on national security policies and the strategies that put them into operation. It examines the elements that underpin national security policy and strategy, including the international and domestic environments, the American political system, national security policy and strategy formulation, the instruments of national power, and the processes employed by the United States Government for integrating and synchronizing those instruments to formulate national security policies and strategies in the pursuit of national security objectives..."
    • Published On: 10/21/2016
  •  The Quest for Military Cooperation in North Africa: Prospects and Challenges

    The Quest for Military Cooperation in North Africa: Prospects and Challenges

    The Quest for Military Cooperation in North Africa: Prospects and Challenges Dr Mohammed El-Katiri Letort Paper by US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "In the aftermath of the ousting of dictatorial regimes in 2011, the fragile political and security situations in Tunisia and Libya have contributed to the emergence of new threats that menace the stability of both countries and of their neighbors. Severe terrorist incidents have become frequent throughout the region. To name but one incident, the borders that Algeria shares with those two countries exposed it to a major terrorist attack on the Tiguentourine gas facility in January 2013."
    • Published On: 10/1/2016
  •  AY 17 Strategic Leadership Course Directive

    AY 17 Strategic Leadership Course Directive

    AY 17 Strategic Leadership Course Directive Dr Richard A Lacquement Jr, Dr George J Woods III Course Directive by the US Army War College "The Strategic Leadership course of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) resident core curriculum is designed to introduce you to the concepts to effectively leadwithin the national security environment through an examination of responsible command, leadership, and management practices. Although generally applicable to the broader national security environment, it focuses on the integration of the military instrument of national power with emphasis on challenges faced in the development, sustainment, and application of Landpower."
    • Published On: 9/22/2016
  •  Stability Operations in East Timor 1999-2000: A Case Study

    Stability Operations in East Timor 1999-2000: A Case Study

    Stability Operations in East Timor 1999-2000: A Case Study Andrew H Fowler PKSOI Paper US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College Press "The stability operation in East Timor from September 20, 1999 to February 23, 2000, demonstrated how the United States can support the leadership of a well-respected and capable regional partner to strengthen the legitimacy of international efforts and encourage burden sharing at a time of competing Joint Force demands. The East Timor action, known as Operation STABILISE, was a United Nations (U.N.) sanctioned, Australian-led, multinational peace enforcement operation. Its objective was to end the violence in East Timor, establish security, and set conditions for the transition to a U.N. peacekeeping force in what was then a province of Indonesia."
    • Published On: 9/19/2016
  •  Strategic Insights: Cyber (In)Security, the Americas, and U.S. National Security

    Strategic Insights: Cyber (In)Security, the Americas, and U.S. National Security

    Dr. Jose de Arimateia da Cruz Article by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press According to the Organization of American States (OAS) in its report on “Latin American and Caribbean Cyber Security Trends” released in June 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean have the fastest growing Internet population in the world with 147 million users in 2013 and growing each year. While having more users and more network connections are great advancements for traditional developing nations, they also represent a potential threat. Audrey Kurth Cronin points out that “insurgents and terrorist groups have effectively used the Internet to support their operations for at least a decade. The tools of the global information age have helped them with administrative tasks, coordination of operations, recruitment of potential members, and communications among adherents.” While much of the discussion regarding potential enemy attacks on U.S. cyber critical infrastructure mainly focuses on China, Russia, and Iran, the Americas have been largely ignored in the literature. Why are the Americas important? Why should we be discussing its place within the U.S. national security strategic goals?
    • Published On: 9/12/2016
  •  An Arab NATO in the Making? Middle Eastern Military Cooperation Since 2011

    An Arab NATO in the Making? Middle Eastern Military Cooperation Since 2011

    An Arab NATO in the Making? Middle Eastern Military Cooperation Since 2011 Dr Florence Gaub Letort Paper by US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Two features have been consistent in the Middle East and North Africa since the era of independence: ongoing violence of all sorts—and the absence of a collective security structure, which could tackle this violence. Since the end of World War II, the region has seen multiple attempts to organize collective and cooperative security, all of which failed."
    • Published On: 9/1/2016
  •  Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4

    Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4

    Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4 Mister Robert C Browne Peace and Stability Journal by the US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute "Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA) is fundamentally about saving lives and relieving human suffering. While these core goals are foundational for any FHA mission, the drivers of need in specific cases – whether chronic deprivation, sudden-onset natural disasters, complex emergencies or ongoing conflicts – may vary enormously, as will the range of actors who play key roles in these challenging missions – be they planners, logisticians, host nation officials, civilian relief organizations, UN field agencies, affected local communities or US congressional appropriators. In addition, the sheer complexity of the tools for performing key tasks poses enduring challenges for orchestrating FHA operations in an effective, efficient manner."
    • Published On: 8/31/2016
  •  AY17 Theory of War and Strategy Course Directive

    AY17 Theory of War and Strategy Course Directive

    AY17 Theory of War and Strategy Course Directive Dr William T Johnsen, Dr Richard A Lacquement Jr Course Directive by the US Army War College "This course, which is the bedrock of the U.S. Army War College curriculum, introduces students to the theory of war and strategy. Theory, defined as a body of ideas and principles, provides a basis for the study of a particular subject and offers a framework within which professional discussions can occur. Theory generates and defines the common language that facilitates communication. It provides ways to think about issues. Theory also may provide advice on solving problems..."
    • Published On: 8/24/2016
  •  The Fate of the Civilian Surge in a Changing Environment

    The Fate of the Civilian Surge in a Changing Environment

    The Fate of the Civilian Surge in a Changing Environment Mister Ryan Sean McCannell PKSOI Paper by US Army War College, US Army War College Press, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute "As the United States winds down its stabilization operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Agency for International Development will face bureaucratic and political pressures to abandon their already modest reconstruction and stabilization (R&S) lines of effort in favor of more traditional diplomacy and development assistance priorities."
    • Published On: 8/22/2016
  •  Strategic Insights: The Post-Conflict and the Transformation of Colombia’s Armed Forces

    Strategic Insights: The Post-Conflict and the Transformation of Colombia’s Armed Forces

    Strategic Insights: The Post-Conflict and the Transformation of Colombia’s Armed Forces Dr R Evan Ellis Article by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press
    • Published On: 8/17/2016
  •  AY17 Introduction to Strategic Studies and Global Security Symposium

    AY17 Introduction to Strategic Studies and Global Security Symposium

    AY17 Introduction to Strategic Studies Course and Global Security Symposium Dr Richard A Lacqument Jr, Cdr Michelle Daigle Winegardner Course Directive by the US Army War College
    • Published On: 8/12/2016
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