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  •  The Collins Center Update Vol 2, Issue 2: July-September, 2000

    The Collins Center Update Vol 2, Issue 2: July-September, 2000

    The Collins Center Update Vol 2, Issue 2: July-September, 2000 Collins Center Update by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 9/15/2000
  •  “…to insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence…” PAPERS FROM THE CONFERENCE ON HOMELAND PROTECTION

    “…to insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence…” PAPERS FROM THE CONFERENCE ON HOMELAND PROTECTION

    “…to insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence…” PAPERS FROM THE CONFERENCE ON HOMELAND PROTECTION Dr Max G Manwaring Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "On April 11-13, 2000, the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute sponsored a major conference that examined what the Department of Defense must do “to insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence . . .,” given the increasing contemporary threats to the U.S. homeland. The conference drew on the creative thinking of over 200 U.S. and foreign academic, business, civilian, governmental, and military leaders. The discussions generated an exceptionally rich exchange of information and ideas concerning problems and solutions to U.S. national security for now and into the 21st century. In general, the conference discussions revolved around four salient and interrelated issues: the historical context for dealing with threats to the American homeland; the complex threat situation; the evolving strategy and structure for homeland defense; and some critical considerations and recommendations. This book highlights the issues and themes that ran through the conference."
    • Published On: 9/1/2000
  •  American Strategy: Issues and Alternatives for the Quadrennial Defense Review

    American Strategy: Issues and Alternatives for the Quadrennial Defense Review

    American Strategy: Issues and Alternatives for the Quadrennial Defense Review Dr Steven Metz Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Because of the confluence of the congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and a presidential election, the years 2000 and 2001 are likely to be important in the evolution of American military strategy. Basic strategic concepts and alternatives will be debated and analyzed. The results will shape U.S. strategy for several decades. This study provides a brief history of the evolution of American military strategy since the end of the Cold War, delineates the key issues which are likely to shape the upcoming QDR process, and assesses a range of strategic alternatives."
    • Published On: 9/1/2000
  •  Peacekeeping and the Just War Tradition

    Peacekeeping and the Just War Tradition

    Peacekeeping and the Just War Tradition COL Tony Pfaff Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In the following monograph, Major Tony Pfaff, a former Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy, addresses an important source of much of the confusion that currently surrounds many of the Operations Other Than War (OOTW) that the military finds itself participating in with increasing frequency. The author points out that, though the source of this confusion is primarily ethical, it has important operational implications as well. In the Just War Tradition, as well as the Law of War, there has always been a tension between winning and fighting well, and the peacekeeping environment does not change this. Commonly, the resolution of this tension is expressed in the maxim: always use the least amount of force necessary to achieve the military objective. This maxim applies, regardless of the environment one is in. The author’s contention is, however, that the understanding of necessary is radically different in the peacekeeping environment than what it is in more conventional operations."
    • Published On: 9/1/2000
  •  Theater Missile Defense in Japan: Implications for the U.S.-China-Japan Strategic Relationship

    Theater Missile Defense in Japan: Implications for the U.S.-China-Japan Strategic Relationship

    Theater Missile Defense in Japan: Implications for the U.S.-China-Japan Strategic Relationship COL Patrick M O'Donogue Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This study, written by Colonel Patrick M. O’Donogue, USMC, as a strategy research project, considers a topic of key importance to U.S. national security ¾Japan’s agreement to cooperate with the United States on the development of a theater missile defense (TMD). China vigorously opposes this plan and insists that U.S. development of TMD and national missile defense systems will destabilize its strategic relationship with the United States. China’s concerns center primarily on Japan’s and Korea’s development of deployable upper-tier missile defense capabilities and technology, along with equipment transfers of any kind to Taiwan."
    • Published On: 9/1/2000
  •  People's Liberation Army After Next

    People's Liberation Army After Next

    People's Liberation Army After Next COL Susan M Puska Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "An analytical schism has developed over differing assessments of China’s military modernization. Underlying this debate are at least two key questions. First, will the ongoing China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) modernization provide China with significant offensive power projection and/or preemptive capability? If so, by when? Second, does the pace and success of China’s military modernization constitute a threat to the United States and/or its friends and allies in the Asia-Pacific region?"
    • Published On: 8/1/2000
  •  The Information Revolution and National Security

    The Information Revolution and National Security

    The Information Revolution and National Security Mr Thomas E Copeland Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The current era has seen more rapid and extensive change than any time in human history. The profusion of information and the explosion of information technology is the driver, reshaping all aspects of social, political, cultural, and economic life. The effects of the information revolution are particularly profound in the realm of national security strategy. They are creating new opportunities for those who master them. The U.S. military, for instance, is exploring ways to seize information superiority during conflicts and thus gain decisive advantages over its opponents. But the information revolution also creates new security threats and vulnerabilities. No nation has made more effective use of the information revolution than the United States, but none is more dependent on information technology. To protect American security, then, military leaders and defense policymakers must understand the information revolution."
    • Published On: 8/1/2000
  •  Threats to Russian Security: The View from Moscow

    Threats to Russian Security: The View from Moscow

    Threats to Russian Security: The View from Moscow Dr Stephen J Blank Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In October 1999 Moscow published a draft defense doctrine and the next month published a draft of the national security concept. That concept was then revised and given official imprimatur in January 2000. The final official version of the military threat will be published during the spring of 2000. Because those publications have an official and normative, if not juridical, character, their content and unusual sequence of publication possess crucial significance. They aroused considerable interest due to their provisions on nuclear use and both documents’ frank postulation of the United States and NATO as the source of rising military and political threats. Therefore, this monograph focuses on those threat assessments which underlie whatever justification may exist for the use of nuclear weapons or for any other defense policy."
    • Published On: 7/1/2000
  •  Chinese Army Building in the Era of Jiang Zemin

    Chinese Army Building in the Era of Jiang Zemin

    Chinese Army Building in the Era of Jiang Zemin Dr Andrew Scobell Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "To many in the United States, China looms large as a strategic threat. Some anticipate a threat emerging in the foreseeable future, while others believe that one already exists. Any rising power, as it seeks to find its place on the global stage, poses challenges to the world community. So it is merely prudent to consider the possibility that Beijing might become an adversary."
    • Published On: 7/1/2000
  •  Chinese Arms Exports: Policy, Players and Process

    Chinese Arms Exports: Policy, Players and Process

    Chinese Arms Exports: Policy, Players and Process Dr Bates Gill, Mr Evan S Medeiros Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Global arms proliferation continues to be a key concern for the United States, particularly the export role of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Clearly, the PRC is a key player in the world’s arms bazaar. Although China experienced a significant decline in its arms exports in the 1990s (down from the boom times of the 1980s), the PRC provides a significant array of lethal weapons and sensitive defense technologies to states around the world. These exports provide an invaluable means by which to assess the progress and performance of China’s military-industrial complex. Moreover, these products may represent the very systems and technological know-how that the United States and allied forces will encounter in a future conflict."
    • Published On: 7/1/2000
  •  The Role of the Military in Protecting the World's Water Resources

    The Role of the Military in Protecting the World's Water Resources

    The Role of the Military in Protecting the World's Water Resources Arthur L Bradshaw, Dr Kent H Butts, Mr Brian D Smith Study by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership " 'The Role of Militaries in Protecting the Environmental Quality of the World’s Bodies of Water' was a workshop hosted and conducted by the Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL) of the U.S. Army War College and sponsored by the Principal Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security) on 3-5 November 1999. The workshop was coordinated with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The objective of the workshop was to explore the use of the military as an instrument of engagement in the environmental security context of assessing and protecting the environmental quality of the world’s bodies of water. "
    • Published On: 7/1/2000
  •  The Collins Center Update Vol 2, Issue 1: April-June, 2000

    The Collins Center Update Vol 2, Issue 1: April-June, 2000

    The Collins Center Update Vol 2, Issue 1: April-June, 2000 Collins Center Update by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 6/15/2000
  •  U.S. Military Engagement with Transcaucasia and Central Asia

    U.S. Military Engagement with Transcaucasia and Central Asia

    U.S. Military Engagement with Transcaucasia and Central Asia Dr Stephen J Blank Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The United States has adapted a strategy of engaging and enlarging the democratic community of states. Transcaucasia and Central Asia have become important testing grounds of this strategy, by virtue of their strategic location adjacent to Russia, the Middle East, and Europe’s periphery, and their large-scale oil and natural gas deposits."
    • Published On: 6/1/2000
  •  Multinational Land Forces and the NATO Force Structure Review

    Multinational Land Forces and the NATO Force Structure Review

    Multinational Land Forces and the NATO Force Structure Review Dr Thomas-Durell Young Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "One should empathize, if not sympathize, with NATO force planners. Since 1991, standing and mobilization forces made available by nations to the Alliance have been steadily reduced. This particularly has been the case for land forces. Equally important have been the structures the Alliance has created into which national contributions would fall on deployment. Military Committee (MC) 317, accepted by nations in 1991, provides the framework by which the Alliance organizes its forces."
    • Published On: 6/1/2000
  •  The PLA and the Kosovo Conflict

    The PLA and the Kosovo Conflict

    The PLA and the Kosovo Conflict Dr June Teufel-Dreyer Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The U.S. armed forces are not the only military that has sought to discern the lessons of the Kosovo campaign in the spring of 1999. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has also analyzed the conflict and drawn its own conclusions. In fact, as Dr. June Teufel Dreyer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami in Florida, observes, rather than reach a single set of conclusions, different groups within the Chinese military drew different judgments. Dr. Dreyer argues that these differences of opinion reflect the considerable diversity of thinking about defense modernization and future war that exists within the PLA today. The analysis that follows therefore provides an opportunity for readers to learn about the different strands in Chinese strategic thinking as that country enters the 21st century."
    • Published On: 5/1/2000
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