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  •  Leading Change in Military Organizations: Experiential Activity Book

    Leading Change in Military Organizations: Experiential Activity Book

    Leading Change in Military Organizations: Experiential Activity Book Dr Thomas P. Galvin Activity book by the US Army War College, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, School of Strategic Landpower, US Army War College Press, Strategic Studies Institute "This text contains six activities representing six discrete actions in preparing for planned change. These are shown in Figure 1, and each one has an activity established for it. Each activity is presented in two forms – (1) full form for field use where all steps should be completed, and (2) short form for introductory use in educational settings. In the field, it is recommended that these activities be conducted in a facilitated setting or under the advice of a consultant who is familiar with the underlying literature..."
    • Published On: 5/28/2019
  •  Extremist Migration: A Foreign Jihadist Fighter Threat Assessment

    Extremist Migration: A Foreign Jihadist Fighter Threat Assessment

    Extremist Migration: A Foreign Jihadist Fighter Threat Assessment Dr Shima D Keene Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "In this monograph, British academic and practitioner Dr. Shima Keene explores the probable movement of foreign fighters as a result of the reduction in territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As part of her analysis, Dr. Keene dissects the jihadist migration process, examining factors such as need, opportunity, possible methods of travel, and support mechanisms that allow jihadist migration to take place. In attempting to combat the problem, she calls for a change in mindset and approach that better exploits the capabilities available within the defense and security stakeholder community."
    • Published On: 5/23/2019
  •  An Unnatural Partnership? The Future of U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation

    An Unnatural Partnership? The Future of U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation

    An Unnatural Partnership? The Future of U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation Dr Samit Ganguly, Dr M Chris Mason Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Across Democratic and Republican administrations, the United States has confronted the rise and growing assertiveness of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Asia. Faced with the PRC’s role in Asia and beyond, the United States needs a viable strategic partner to balance the power of the PRC. Given India’s own misgivings about the PRC, it should serve as a natural partner. However, historical, cultural, and structural factors have inhibited the process of strategic cooperation. This monograph identifies the principal hurdles to cooperation and seeks to identify possible pathways toward a possible U.S.-India partnership."
    • Published On: 5/21/2019
  •  A Whole-of-Government Approach to Gray Zone Warfare

    A Whole-of-Government Approach to Gray Zone Warfare

    A Whole-of-Government Approach to Gray Zone Warfare Ms. Elizabeth G. Troeder Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Gray zone warfare has increasingly been the strategy selected by states that are determined to influence change without the risk of major escalation to outright military war. It is a significant concern today, threatening U.S. national security as well as the security of U.S. allies and partners. Although warfare is traditionally led by the Department of Defense (DoD), as the use of gray zone warfare increases and evolves, a whole-of-government approach that incorporates the unique capabilities of Federal departments and agencies for this fight is needed."
    • Published On: 5/8/2019
  •  Maneuver and Manipulation: On the Military Strategy of Online Information Warfare

    Maneuver and Manipulation: On the Military Strategy of Online Information Warfare

    Maneuver and Manipulation: On the Military Strategy of Online Information Warfare Mr. Tim Hwang Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Ongoing discussion around the Russian development of hybrid warfare and the revelations about meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election have focused the public’s attention on the threats posed by coordinated campaigns of propaganda and disinformation. These recent events have also raised concerns around the broader challenge posed by the emergence of a “post-fact society,” the notion that the weakening ability for civil society and the public to analyze truth and falsity is creating a threat to the health and sustainability of democratic institutions."
    • Published On: 5/7/2019
  •  Futures Seminar 2019 - What Kind of Army does the Nation Need in 2025 and Beyond

    Futures Seminar 2019 - What Kind of Army does the Nation Need in 2025 and Beyond

    Futures Seminar 2019 - What Kind of Army does the Nation Need in 2025 and Beyond Samuel R. White, Jr. Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "From a national security perspective, war remains fundamentally political, people-centric, and complex.16 These three aspects, along with violence and coercion, have been essential aspects of conflict since the dawn of recorded history. As we explore what the operational environment of the future will look like, modern security practitioners argue that this nature of warfare does not change; even with technological advances the role of leaders in the organizing and motivating human capital will remain the same..."
    • Published On: 5/1/2019
  •  Command Decision: Ethical Leadership in the Information Environment

    Command Decision: Ethical Leadership in the Information Environment

    Command Decision: Ethical Leadership in the Information Environment Mr Keir Giles Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Given the unprecedented scale, variation, and speed involved in the creation, consumption, and distribution of information in the era of big data, the classic challenge of military leadership—that is, making crucial decisions based on insufficient and likely unreliable information—can become even more daunting. However, British scholar Keir Giles warns that technological solutions alone are inadequate to equip the commander with the insight necessary for decision-making in the information and disinformation environments."
    • Published On: 4/30/2019
  •  Strategic Leadership Primer for Senior Leaders, 4th ed.

    Strategic Leadership Primer for Senior Leaders, 4th ed.

    Strategic Leadership Primer for Senior Leaders, 4th ed. Dr Thomas P Galvin, Dr Dale E. Watson Publication by the US Army War College, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, School of Strategic Landpower, US Army War College Press, Strategic Studies Institute "Leadership is not easy, and there is no magic recipe for successful leadership. That is why there are so many business books about leaders and leadership traits. In the military, we focus on leader development at the very beginning of service, in basic training, and at pre-commissioning . . . every Soldier is a leader. While the principles of tactical leadership are not always easy to do and are certainly aspirational, they are fundamental in nature; provide clear vision and intent, develop mutual understanding and trust, build cohesive teams that work together to achieve decisive results in line with our professional ethic, and provide orders and guidance that develop initiative and focus on what to do and for what purpose, rather than emphasizing the how."
    • Published On: 4/8/2019
  •  Strategic Insights: Five Myths Associated With Employing Private Military Companies

    Strategic Insights: Five Myths Associated With Employing Private Military Companies

    Strategic Insights: Five Myths Associated With Employing Private Military Companies Dr Edward Mienie, Dr C. A. Pfaff Article by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press
    • Published On: 4/5/2019
  •  Grand Strategy is Attrition: The Logic of Integrating Various Forms of Power in Conflict

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

    Grand Strategy is Attrition: The Logic of Integrating Various Forms of Power in Conflict Dr Lukas Milevski Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "In this monograph, Dr. Lukas Milevski explores the fact that grand strategy is accepted by academics as a concept, without any firm agreement on what that concept is or the logic that supports it. Indeed, it is vital to understand this logic, regardless of whether one pins it to the label “grand strategy” or to any other label that may be available."
    • Published On: 4/5/2019
  •  Air Power and Warfare: A Century of Theory and History

    Air Power and Warfare: A Century of Theory and History

    Air Power and Warfare: A Century of Theory and History Dr Tami Davis Biddle Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "In this detailed but concise monograph, air power expert Tami Davis Biddle walks us through our century-long experience of air power as an instrument of warfare. Using the twin pillars of theory and history, she explains the expectations that were held for aircraft in war and then examines how those expectations played out in the actual realm of practice. This monograph, which focuses primarily on the most controversial aspect of air power, coercive bombing, takes a chronological approach that starts with World War I and comes all the way to the present day."
    • Published On: 3/29/2019
  •  Deterring Russia in the Gray Zone

    Deterring Russia in the Gray Zone

    Deterring Russia in the Gray Zone Michael C. McCarthy, Matthew A. Moyer, Brett H. Venable Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "One of the most complex challenges facing the United States and its allies today is how to deal with an increasingly bold and aggressive Russia. As evidenced by its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, and unremitting influence operations against the West, Russia has engaged in an antagonistic foreign policy campaign that has both challenged and befuddled the United States and its allies. How should the United States respond? What measures can it take without igniting a major conflict? These are some of the difficult questions that the authors, active duty military officers, and national security fellows from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University address in this timely and prescient monograph..."
    • Published On: 3/20/2019
  •  The Army Role in Achieving Deterrence in Cyberspace

    The Army Role in Achieving Deterrence in Cyberspace

    The Army Role in Achieving Deterrence in Cyberspace Mr Jeffrey L Caton Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Strategic deterrence has been a significant issue for the Department of Defense (DoD) for over 70 years, but many limit this concept to the use of nuclear weapons. The 2015 DoD Cyber Strategy explicitly calls for a comprehensive strategy to provide credible deterrence in cyberspace against threats from key state and nonstate actors. To be effective, such activities must be coordinated with ongoing deterrence efforts in the physical realm, especially those of near-peers impacting critical global regions such as China in the Asia-Pacific region and Russia in Europe. It is important for the Army to identify and plan for any unique roles that they may provide to these endeavors."
    • Published On: 3/18/2019
  •  Conventional Deterrence and Landpower in Northeastern Europe

    Conventional Deterrence and Landpower in Northeastern Europe

    Conventional Deterrence and Landpower in Northeastern Europe Michael A. Hunzeker, Alexander Lanoszka Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "The 2018 National Defense Strategy directs the Department of Defense (DoD) to prepare for a long-term strategic competition with other great powers. It minces no words in pointing to Russia’s repeated attempts at economically, diplomatically, and militarily coercing its neighbors. Toward this end, the DoD emphasizes the need to strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by getting partners to increase their share of the defense burden and modernize their forces, making them more capable and responsive if and when crises occur."
    • Published On: 3/7/2019
  •  Two Case Studies of Successful Strategic Communication Campaigns

    Two Case Studies of Successful Strategic Communication Campaigns

    Two Case Studies of Successful Strategic Communication Campaigns Dr Thomas P. Galvin Report by the US Army War College, School of Strategic Landpower, US Army War College Press, Strategic Studies Institute "Strategic communication has historically been cited as a weakness in U.S. military operations, both at the operational and strategic levels. Numerous studies have highlighted problems with U.S. abilities to promote a coherent message and influence the environment to be favorable to its strategic interests. Failures are easy to identify. The effects of poor communication can manifest themselves quickly; however, what about successes? Rarely are they discussed, perhaps because it is difficult to know when a campaign achieved enough of the desired effects such that leaders can claim success."
    • Published On: 3/5/2019
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