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  •  Toward a Strategy of Positive Ends

    Toward a Strategy of Positive Ends

    Toward a Strategy of Positive Ends Dr Antulio J Echevarria II, BG Huba Wass de Czege Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Defense planners and strategists have recently proposed a variety of alternatives for America’s role in what many see as a dramatically different international situation. Most of those proposals, though, continue with a Cold War paradigm of trying to foresee what the next threat might be and how the United States might best prepare itself to respond to it. Consequently, the possibility of taking advantage of the intrinsic dynamism of the new security environment in order to create conditions that might promote positive ends—long-term peace, stability, and prosperity—has remained largely overlooked."
    • Published On: 9/1/2001
  •  Preparing for Asymmetry: As Seen Through the Lens of Joint Vision 2020

    Preparing for Asymmetry: As Seen Through the Lens of Joint Vision 2020

    Preparing for Asymmetry: As Seen Through the Lens of Joint Vision 2020 Ms Melissa Applegate Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Since the mid-1990s, the concept of strategic asymmetry has begun to receive serious attention from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, for instance, stated, “U.S. dominance in the conventional military arena may encourage adversaries to use . . . asymmetric means to attack our forces and interests overseas and Americans at home.” But while American strategists and defense leaders sense the importance of strategy asymmetry, much analytical work remains to be done before it is fully understood."
    • Published On: 9/1/2001
  •  Funding Defense: Challenges of Buying Military Capability in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Funding Defense: Challenges of Buying Military Capability in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Funding Defense: Challenges of Buying Military Capability in Sub-Saharan Africa COL Daniel W Henk, Dr Martin Revayi Rupiya Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In this monograph, Martin Rupiya, Director of the University of Zimbabwe’s Centre for Defence Studies, and Daniel Henk of the Air War College provide one of the first comprehensive studies of defense budgeting practices in Africa. They assess both the problems with these practices, and fruitful avenues of reform. By doing so, they provide a solid roadmap both for African leaders and for Americans concerned with the development of greater security in the region."
    • Published On: 9/1/2001
  •  The Hart-Rudman Commission and the Homeland Defense

    The Hart-Rudman Commission and the Homeland Defense

    The Hart-Rudman Commission and the Homeland Defense Dr Ian Roxborough Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, popularly known as the Hart-Rudman Commission after its chairs, has recently produced a series of reports. The commission believes that recent changes in the security environment mean the rise of new threats, in particular the likelihood of an attack on American soil resulting in thousands of casualties. As a consequence, the commission calls for major changes in the organization of national security institutions in order to respond adequately to these new challenges."
    • Published On: 9/1/2001
  •  Internal Wars: Rethinking Problem and Response

    Internal Wars: Rethinking Problem and Response

    Internal Wars: Rethinking Problem and Response Dr Max G Manwaring Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Dr. Max Manwaring wrote this monograph in response to the fact that today over half the countries in the global community are faced with one variation or another of asymmetric guerrilla war. Insurgencies, internal wars, and other small-scale contingencies (SSCs) are the most pervasive and likely type of conflict in the post-Cold War era. That the United States will become involved directly or indirectly in some of these conflicts is almost certain. The Balkans, Colombia, Mexico, Somalia, and the Philippines are only a few cases in point. Yet, little or no recognition and application of the strategic-level lessons of the Vietnam War and the hundreds of other smaller conflicts that have taken place over the past several years are evident."
    • Published On: 9/1/2001
  •  Jihadi Groups, Nuclear Pakistan, and the New Great Game

    Jihadi Groups, Nuclear Pakistan, and the New Great Game

    Jihadi Groups, Nuclear Pakistan, and the New Great Game Dr M Ehsan Ahrari Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In this monograph, Dr. Ehsan Ahrari, of the Armed Forces Staff College, assesses Jihadi groups from the framework of a new “Great Game” for influence in Central Asia involving an array of states. He argues that, if this competition leads to increased violence, outside states including the United States could be drawn in. On the other hand, if the region stabilizes, it could provide solid economic and political partners for the United States. A well-designed American strategy, Ahrari contends, might help avoid crises or catastrophe."
    • Published On: 8/1/2001
  •  W(h)ither Corps?

    W(h)ither Corps?

    W(h)ither Corps? Dr D Robert Worley Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Army transformation should not be a “one size fits all” process. Each of the Army’s surviving corps has a unique origin. Relevance to present and future conflict environments requires multiple destinations. Ultimately, separate transformations are required to move from distinct origins to diverse destinations."
    • Published On: 8/1/2001
  •  The Drug Scourge as a Hemispheric Problem

    The Drug Scourge as a Hemispheric Problem

    The Drug Scourge as a Hemispheric Problem Gen Barry R McCaffrey Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In this timely monograph, General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Retired), the former Director of National Drug Control Policy, argues that Colombia’s 40 million citizens must not be deserted by their neighbors. Leaving the Colombians to deal in isolation with a pervasive drug problem will deeply affect all 800 million of us in the Western Hemisphere through addiction, violence, and corruption. Moreover, he argues that the United States and the entire international community must support a long-term commitment to Plan Colombia and to building cooperative multinational approaches to the tough drug-associated problems that face us all. This is an undertaking in which we all have an equal stake and an equal responsibility."
    • Published On: 8/1/2001
  •  Russian National Security Policy: Perceptions Policies and Prospects

    Russian National Security Policy: Perceptions Policies and Prospects

    Russian National Security Policy: Perceptions Policies and Prospects Michael H Crutcher Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "In early December 2000, the Collins Center brought together over 25 specialists to examine Russian national security policy. The workshop examined that policy in terms of factors influencing Russian national security policy formulation, Russia’s perceptions of the world and itself, current Russian security and foreign policies in key regions of the world, and prospects for Russian interests and actions in the world and especially with regard to the United States."
    • Published On: 7/15/2001
  •  Promoting Stability in Central Asia

    Promoting Stability in Central Asia

    Promoting Stability in Central Asia Prof Bernard F Griffard Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Central Asia and the Caspian Basin are the legatees of the Russian Empire’s and the former Soviet Union’s shortsighted extraction economy policies. As a result, these nations face environmental challenges unlike any other region in the world. A major natural or man-made disaster in any single country can threaten the fresh water supply and/or public health across the whole region. Such a major environmental disaster is a credible threat to national and regional stability. "
    • Published On: 7/15/2001
  •  Army Transformation: A View from the U.S. Army War College

    Army Transformation: A View from the U.S. Army War College

    Army Transformation: A View from the U.S. Army War College Dr Williamson Murray Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "As the United States enters a new century, its army confronts the difficult problems associated with transformation in an uncertain world. Moreover, the strategic environment makes it entirely unclear where, or when, or for what strategic purposes U.S. ground forces will find themselves committed to battle in coming decades. Yet, both the strategic environment as well as the harsh lessons of the past have a direct bearing on why the Army has begun the processes of transformation."
    • Published On: 7/1/2001
  •  Educating International Security Practitioners: Preparing to Face the Demands of the 21st Century International Security Environment

    Educating International Security Practitioners: Preparing to Face the Demands of the 21st Century International Security Environment

    Educating International Security Practitioners: Preparing to Face the Demands of the 21st Century International Security Environment Dr Linda P Brady, Dr Robert H Dorff, BG Daniel J Kaufman, Dr James M Smith Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The end of the Cold War brought challenges not only for practitioners of national security policy and strategy but for those involved in the education and development of future strategic leaders and security policy practitioners. One of the primary contributors to this book, Professor James M. Smith of the U.S. Air Force Academy, launched this project in initial conversations in 1996-97 with Brigadier General Daniel J. Kaufman of the U.S. Military Academy, Dr. Robert L. Wendzel of the Air War College, and Colonel Jeffrey D. McCausland of the U.S. Army War College. All four shared a concern about the future of security studies generally, but especially about the education and development of military officers as future strategic leaders."
    • Published On: 7/1/2001
  •  The Collins Center Update Vol 3, Issue 3: April-June, 2001

    The Collins Center Update Vol 3, Issue 3: April-June, 2001

    The Collins Center Update Vol 3, Issue 3: April-June, 2001 Collins Center Update by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 6/15/2001
  •  U.S. Security Policy in the Western Hemisphere: Why Colombia, Why Now, and What Is To Be Done?

    U.S. Security Policy in the Western Hemisphere: Why Colombia, Why Now, and What Is To Be Done?

    U.S. Security Policy in the Western Hemisphere: Why Colombia, Why Now, and What Is To Be Done? Dr Max G Manwaring Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This monograph by Dr. Max G. Manwaring is another in a series to emerge from a joint project on Plan Colombia begun last February by the U.S. Army War College and The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center. In it, the author places the dilemma of Colombia’s three-front “war” within the framework of the national security strategy of the United States. Dr. Manwaring answers the questions of “why” and “how” in clear contextual terms."
    • Published On: 6/1/2001
  •  Plan Colombia: Some Differing Perspectives

    Plan Colombia: Some Differing Perspectives

    Plan Colombia: Some Differing Perspectives Dr Ricardo Arias Calderon, Dr Gabriel Marcella, Mr Chris Marquis, GEN (Colombia) Alvaro Valencia Tovar, GEN Charles E Wilhelm Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This volume in our “Plan Colombia” series contains four expert presentations which were made to the February 2001 Miami symposium. The writers are a high-ranking retired military commander from Colombia and one from the United States, a leading Panamanian political figure, and a U.S. journalist. As might be expected, they look at the complex dilemma of Colombia from somewhat different angles."
    • Published On: 6/1/2001
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