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  •  Future Warfare Anthology, Revised Edition

    Future Warfare Anthology, Revised Edition

    Future Warfare Anthology, Revised Edition Maj Gen Robert H Scales Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This Revised Anthology is about the future of military operations in the opening decades of the 21st Century. Its purpose is not to predict the future, but to speculate on the conduct of military operations as an instrument of national policy in a world absent massive thermonuclear and conventional superpower confrontation characteristic of the Cold War. Also absent are indirect constraints imposed by that confrontation on virtually all political-military relationships, not solely those between superpower principals."
    • Published On: 6/1/2001
  •  The Regional Security Crisis in the Andes: Patterns of State Response

    The Regional Security Crisis in the Andes: Patterns of State Response

    The Regional Security Crisis in the Andes: Patterns of State Response Dr Judith A Gentleman Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "For some time it has been apparent that the crisis of Colombia is no longer confined to that country. In fact, under no imaginable scenario can Colombia’s problems be contained within it. The activities of drug traffickers and guerrillas are on the rise in the entire region, coming from Colombia. Given such compelling evidence of spillover, why has a regional, cooperative response been so slow in taking shape? Dr. Gentleman goes right to the heart of the matter: a pattern of competing objectives and inherent tensions."
    • Published On: 6/1/2001
  •  Contagion and Stability

    Contagion and Stability

    Contagion and Stability Dr Kent H Butts, COL Jeffrey C Reynolds Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "History teaches us that disease has killed far more people than warfare: in the US Civil War more casualties resulted from disease than combat. Empires such as the Aztecs, and powerful, warlike cultures as in Hawaii, have been devastated by infectious disease. Disease was used as an element of warfare long before the term biological warfare became a common term; the French introduction of smallpox among Native American populations and the contamination of water supplies are cases in point."
    • Published On: 5/15/2001
  •  Plan Colombia: The View from the Presidential Palace

    Plan Colombia: The View from the Presidential Palace

    Plan Colombia: The View from the Presidential Palace Mr. Eduardo Pizano Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "I begin by recollecting briefly what the guerrilla movement has been doing in Colombia for the last 40 years. More specifically, I shall glance at what the current government is trying to do in its confrontation with the violent actors in this nation. Guerrilla movements have been active in Colombia going back to the early Sixties, with 1960 having been a particularly hard year. And even since the late Forties, Colombia has been living with la violencia, in which liberals and conservatives kill each other in order to seize control of the government."
    • Published On: 5/1/2001
  •  U.S. Support of PLAN COLOMBIA: Rethinking the Ends and Means

    U.S. Support of PLAN COLOMBIA: Rethinking the Ends and Means

    U.S. Support of PLAN COLOMBIA: Rethinking the Ends and Means Dr Stephen E Flynn Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This is one of the monographs in the series from the February 2001 conference on Plan Colombia cosponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center of the University of Miami. In this short essay, Stephen E. Flynn provides an intended counterpoint to Dr. Gabriel Marcella’s lead-off monograph in which he argues that Plan Colombia is a brilliantly conceived grand strategy for democratization and national security."
    • Published On: 5/1/2001
  •  European Perceptions of Plan Colombia: A Virtual Contribution to a Virtual War and Peace Plan?

    European Perceptions of Plan Colombia: A Virtual Contribution to a Virtual War and Peace Plan?

    European Perceptions of Plan Colombia: A Virtual Contribution to a Virtual War and Peace Plan? Dr Joaquin Roy Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Professor Roy, a Spaniard with valuable sources throughout Europe, notes that Europeans apparently do not approve of the seeming U.S. emphasis on providing military equipment and training to Colombia for a counternarcotics effort in what they see as a larger strategic political conflict. At the same time, he reports that Europeans are not only concerned with the counternarcotics violence in Colombia, but also with the economic, security, and political spillover effects for neighboring countries."
    • Published On: 5/1/2001
  •  The Search for Accountability and Transparency in PLAN COLOMBIA: Reforming Judicial Institutions--Again

    The Search for Accountability and Transparency in PLAN COLOMBIA: Reforming Judicial Institutions--Again

    The Search for Accountability and Transparency in PLAN COLOMBIA: Reforming Judicial Institutions--Again Dr Luz E Nagle Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This monograph, written by Professor Luz Estella Nagle, is another in the special series to emerge from the February 2001 conference on Plan Colombia that was cosponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center of the University of Miami. In it, she stresses what has been defined by President Andrés Pastrana as one of the five strategic issues included in Plan Colombia. Nevertheless, the author argues that the issue of judicial reform deserves long-term attention and a higher priority within the larger context."
    • Published On: 5/1/2001
  •  Responding to Environmental Challenges in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin (Summary)

    Responding to Environmental Challenges in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin (Summary)

    Responding to Environmental Challenges in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin (Summary) Dr Kent H Butts, Prof Bernard F Griffard Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Conference planners faced the challenge that the number of issues dividing the Central Asia Republics is greater than those uniting them. It was necessary to identify a vehicle from which key issues could be addressed without being confrontational. Using the environmental security issue of disaster response planning as the primary topic, the conference clarified the environmental issues central to the security of the region and emphasized the importance of both military environmental stewardship and cooperative contingency planning in responding to these threats."
    • Published On: 4/15/2001
  •  Plan Colombia: The Strategic and Operational Imperatives

    Plan Colombia: The Strategic and Operational Imperatives

    Plan Colombia: The Strategic and Operational Imperatives Dr Gabriel Marcella Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The crisis in Colombia is the most compelling challenge the United States faces in the Western Hemisphere. The United States is committed to helping Colombia fight its struggle against the violence and corruption engendered by the traffic in narcotics. This report examines the strategic theory within Plan Colombia, the master plan which the government of Colombia developed to strengthen democracy through peace, security, and economic development."
    • Published On: 4/1/2001
  •  Political Control over the Use of Force: A Clausewitzian Perspective

    Political Control over the Use of Force: A Clausewitzian Perspective

    Political Control over the Use of Force: A Clausewitzian Perspective LTC Suzanne C Nielsen Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "What is the ideal relationship between the commander and the statesman in time of war? Is there a balance to be struck between political control and military operational expertise? Given the importance of these questions, the range of answers that has been given to them by both theorists and practitioners is striking. Major Suzanne Nielsen addresses these issues by examining what Carl von Clausewitz has to say about civil-military relations and the use of force. Though Clausewitz’s insight that “War is a continuation of policy” is well-known, his arguments about the appropriateness of extensive political control during time of war are not as often discussed. Clausewitz provides an argument for extensive political influence over military operations—influence that lacks a clear limit."
    • Published On: 4/1/2001
  •  Revising the Two MTW Force Shaping Paradigm

    Revising the Two MTW Force Shaping Paradigm

    Revising the Two MTW Force Shaping Paradigm Dr Steven Metz Strategic Alternatives Report by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Since the early 1990s, U.S. military strategy has called for a force able to fight and win two nearly-simultaneous major theater wars (MTWs). An MTW was something similar to Operation DESERT STORM—a large-scale conventional war in Eurasia against an aggressive regional power involving substantial American forces from all services and, most likely, allies or coalition partners. While policymakers and planners admitted that the outbreak of two nearly simultaneous MTWs was unlikely, they felt that a military able to deal with such a challenge would also be sufficient for other likely missions and tasks."
    • Published On: 4/1/2001
  •  U.S. Army and the Asia-Pacific

    U.S. Army and the Asia-Pacific

    U.S. Army and the Asia-Pacific Dr Andrew Scobell Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This monograph highlights the significant and ongoing contribution of the U.S. Army in deterring war, executing smaller-scale contingencies, and shaping the security environment. The author advocates a robust, pro-active Army presence for the foreseeable future. Such a presence will ensure the promotion and protection of U.S. national interests in the region."
    • Published On: 4/1/2001
  •  Fighting the Hobbesian Trinity in Colombia: A New Strategy for Peace

    Fighting the Hobbesian Trinity in Colombia: A New Strategy for Peace

    Fighting the Hobbesian Trinity in Colombia: A New Strategy for Peace COL Joseph R Nunez Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In this monograph, one of a special series on Colombia, Colonel Joseph R. Nuñez first analyzes the intervention conundrum of Colombia. He then summarizes the reasons for the violent and anarchic situation that frustrates those wishing to make peace and expand democracy. After introducing what he calls the “Hobbesian trinity,” he then discusses alternatives to intervention and notes the complexity of the human rights challenge."
    • Published On: 4/1/2001
  •  The Collins Center Update Vol 3, Issue 2: January-March, 2001

    The Collins Center Update Vol 3, Issue 2: January-March, 2001

    The Collins Center Update Vol 3, Issue 2: January-March, 2001 Collins Center Update by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 3/15/2001
  •  Responding to Environmental Challenges in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin

    Responding to Environmental Challenges in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin

    Responding to Environmental Challenges in Central Asia and the Caspian Basin Arthur L Bradshaw, Dr Kent H Butts, Prof Bernard F Griffard, LTC Edward L Hughes Study by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Following the success of the Environmental Security Conference held in Oman in April 2000, U.S. Central Command conducted an Environmental Security Conference for Central Asia and the Caspian Basin from March 6-8, 2001 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The event was cosponsored by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment (DUSD-I&E), the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and the Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL) of the U.S. Army War College."
    • Published On: 3/1/2001
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