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  •  Facing the Hydra: Maintaining Strategic Balance while Pursuing a Global War against Terrorism

    Facing the Hydra: Maintaining Strategic Balance while Pursuing a Global War against Terrorism

    Facing the Hydra: Maintaining Strategic Balance while Pursuing a Global War against Terrorism Dr Conrad C Crane Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Dr. Conrad Crane analyzes the impact of the war on terrorism and the requirements of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review on the many essential missions conducted by the U.S. Armed Forces. Focusing primarily on the Army, he highlights the requirements associated with combat operations against terrorists, accelerating transformation and the new emphasis on homeland security and force protection. At the same time, he points out that the Army and the other Services must remain involved worldwide in day-to-day assurance, dissuasion, and deterrence activities; execution of peace operations and other smaller-scale contingencies; and remaining ready for other major combat operations."
    • Published On: 5/1/2002
  •  Defining and Achieving Decisive Victory

    Defining and Achieving Decisive Victory

    Defining and Achieving Decisive Victory Dr Colin S Gray Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In this monograph, Dr. Colin Gray, one of the world’s leading strategic thinkers, explores the concept of victory in the war in terrorism, but he does so by placing it within the larger currents of change that are sweeping the global security environment. He contends that the time-tested idea of decisive victory is still an important one, but must be designed very carefully in this dangerous new world. To do so correctly can provide the foundation for an effective strategy. To fail to do so could be the first step toward strategic defeat."
    • Published On: 4/1/2002
  •  Stifled Innovation? Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today

    Stifled Innovation? Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today

    Stifled Innovation? Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today Dr Leonard Wong Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Dr. Leonard Wong examines how, despite the need to develop and grow innovative leaders for the Army’s future forces, the current system in the Army seems to be working against that vision. He argues that current levels of directed training events, dictated training procedures, and disruptions originating from higher echelons are having a detrimental effect on the development of innovation in today’s company commanders."
    • Published On: 4/1/2002
  •  The Inescapable Global Security Arena

    The Inescapable Global Security Arena

    The Inescapable Global Security Arena Dr Max G Manwaring Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Global political violence is clashing with global economic integration. More often than not, the causes and consequences of the resultant instabilities tend to be exploited by such destabilizers as rogue states, substate and transnational political actors, insurgents, illegal drug traffickers, organized criminals, warlords, ethnic cleansers, militant fundamentalists, and 1,000 other “snakes with a cause”—and the will to conduct terrorist and other asymmetric warfare. The intent is to impose selfdetermined desires for “change” on a society, nation-state, and/or other perceived symbols of power in the global community—and, perhaps, revert to the questionable glories of the 12th century."
    • Published On: 4/1/2002
  •  Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia

    Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia

    Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia Mr Thomas Riisager, Mr Henry D Sokolski Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute Commissioned by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) "With so many analyses already available of U.S.-Russian cooperative threat reduction efforts, it is not obvious why one should bother with yet another. There are, however, three good reasons for doing so. First, with the recent warming in U.S.-Russian relations, it makes sense to review what is clearly the current mainstay of existing U.S.-Russian cooperation—the one billion dollars per year worth of government-funded Nunn-Lugar programs—to see what can be done better. Certainly, if the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program’s worthy objectives can be better achieved, this, in turn, should enhance the prospects for increased U.S.-Russian security cooperation generally. Of course, the reverse is also true."
    • Published On: 4/1/2002
  •  The Collins Center Update Vol 4, Issue 2: January-March, 2002

    The Collins Center Update Vol 4, Issue 2: January-March, 2002

    The Collins Center Update Vol 4, Issue 2: January-March, 2002 Collins Center Update by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 3/15/2002
  •  U.S. Military Presence in the Persian Gulf: Challenges and Prospects

    U.S. Military Presence in the Persian Gulf: Challenges and Prospects

    U.S. Military Presence in the Persian Gulf: Challenges and Prospects Dr Sami G Hajjar Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The author of this monograph, Dr. Sami Hajjar, considers the critical questions of U.S. military presence in the Gulf, the challenges it faces, and the prospects that lay ahead. He relies, in his presentation and analysis, on a variety of regional sources including newspaper reports and personal interviews conducted in the United States and the Gulf region, as well as on government and academic sources. The result is a comprehensive study, including policy recommendations for U.S. military and civilian decisionmakers, that makes intelligible the complex subject of U.S.-Gulf relations."
    • Published On: 3/1/2002
  •  The Past as Prologue: A History of U.S. Counterinsurgency Policy in Colombia, 1958-66

    The Past as Prologue: A History of U.S. Counterinsurgency Policy in Colombia, 1958-66

    The Past as Prologue: A History of U.S. Counterinsurgency Policy in Colombia, 1958-66 Mr Dennis M Rempe Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In this monograph, the author outlines the history of U.S. counterinsurgency policy and the recommendations made by U.S. Special Survey Teams in Colombia from 1958-66. The monograph comes at a time when the United States seriously is considering broadening its policy toward Colombia and addressing Colombia’s continuing internal war in a global and regional context. Thus, this report provides a point of departure from which policymakers in the United States and Colombia can review where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go."
    • Published On: 3/1/2002
  •  Colombian Army Adaptation to FARC Insurgency

    Colombian Army Adaptation to FARC Insurgency

    Colombian Army Adaptation to FARC Insurgency Dr Thomas A Marks Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This monograph addresses the Colombian Army’s adaptation to the insurgency in that country. It outlines the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) threat to the control of the national territory and how the insurgents intend to achieve that objective. Then, the author analyzes the measures the Colombian Army has taken to counter the threat. He concludes that no one in the Colombian political establishment is directing the counterinsurgency war, and that the Army has been left to conduct the fight by itself. Recommendations range from the strategic to the operational levels. They argue the need for (1) a coordinated and integrated national campaign plan; (2) cogent and enforceable emergency laws and regulations; (3) enhanced information warfare; and, (4) an enhanced operational flexibility."
    • Published On: 1/1/2002
  •  The Intervention Debate: Towards a Posture of Principled Judgment

    The Intervention Debate: Towards a Posture of Principled Judgment

    The Intervention Debate: Towards a Posture of Principled Judgment Dr John Garofano Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Deciding when and how to use force is one of the central elements of strategy. Throughout American history, debate has raged over whether force is appropriate only in defense of the homeland and vital national interests or whether it should also be used to promote more expansive objectives like regional security and stopping humanitarian disasters in regions with few tangible U.S. interests."
    • Published On: 1/1/2002
  •  The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications

    The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications

    The Rise of China in Asia: Security Implications Dr Carolyn Pumphrey Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "China boasts the oldest continuous civilization in the world and has been a major power for most of its history. Although China suffered a period of decline in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, recent decades have seen a remarkable resurgence of Chinese prosperity and power. Five years ago analysts were confidently predicting that China would be the giant of the new century. Today, this is less clear. The first task of the conference was, consequently, to ascertain whether or not it is still appropriate to speak of the rise of China."
    • Published On: 1/1/2002
  •  Defeating Terrorism: Strategic Issue Analyses

    Defeating Terrorism: Strategic Issue Analyses

    Defeating Terrorism: Strategic Issue Analyses Prof John R Martin Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Within only a few days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Army War College initiated a series of short studies addressing strategic issues in the war on terrorism. This collection of essays analyzes a broad array of subjects of great strategic importance. Because national leaders were pressed to issue orders on the prosecution of the war on terrorism, it was necessary to produce these papers on a very short time-line. This got the ideas included in the articles into the hands of decisionmakers as quickly as possible, giving them better understanding of factors affecting their various decisions. Issue analysis was never short-changed in this process, but authors were asked to provide “think pieces” quickly and to worry less about references and footnotes and more about capturing strategic insights. The shortened time-line in some cases also meant that it was possible to provide only an understanding of the context of the decision; specific policy recommendations were considered something that could be developed later if not included in these papers."
    • Published On: 1/1/2002
  •  The Collins Center Update Vol 4, Issue 1: October-December, 2001

    The Collins Center Update Vol 4, Issue 1: October-December, 2001

    The Collins Center Update Vol 4, Issue 1: October-December, 2001 Collins Center Update by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 12/15/2001
  •  Economics and National Security: The Case of China

    Economics and National Security: The Case of China

    Economics and National Security: The Case of China Dr Kent H Butts, LTC Edward L Hughes Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "The United States Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership, the National Intelligence Council, the U.S. Pacific Command, and The Brookings Institution’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies cosponsored a conference for selected invitees entitled “Economics and National Security: The Case of China.” The conference was conducted at the Collins Center, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania on November 27th and 28th, 2001."
    • Published On: 12/15/2001
  •  Transforming Defense

    Transforming Defense

    Transforming Defense Dr Conrad C Crane Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This collection regroups papers and presentations from the conference into three categories: Historical Overviews of Transforming Defense, Transformation Plans and Barriers, and External Views of Transformation. Each section contains an introduction describing the essays that follow, as well as summarizing other relevant conference presentations and discussions bearing on the topic. If presenters did not produce a formal article for publication, their key arguments are still described in the introduction."
    • Published On: 12/1/2001
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