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  •  The Future of the American Military Presence in Europe

    The Future of the American Military Presence in Europe

    The Future of the American Military Presence in Europe COL Lloyd J Matthews Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Ten years have elapsed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, which served as a fitting symbol for the end of the Cold War. That historic juncture brought into question the main edifice of western European security arrangements—the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—that had served Alliance members so well since NATO’s founding in 1949. It also brought into question the rationale for America’s continued deep involvement in European security affairs. With the gradual realization that the Russian menace is essentially dead, at least for the next 10 to 15 years and perhaps longer, and with NATO’s missions having evolved well beyond the original purpose of territorial defense, debate on both sides of the Atlantic has begun to intensify concerning the vital issue of where NATO should be headed and America’s relation to the Alliance."
    • Published On: 4/1/2000
  •  Armed Conflict in the 21st Century: The Information Revolution and Post-Modern Warfare

    Armed Conflict in the 21st Century: The Information Revolution and Post-Modern Warfare

    Armed Conflict in the 21st Century: The Information Revolution and Post-Modern Warfare Dr Steven Metz Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "In this monograph, Dr. Steven Metz, who was one of the earliest analysts of the strategic dimension of the revolution in military affairs, suggests that official thinking within the U.S. military may be too narrow. The information revolution, he contends, will have far-reaching strategic effects. The transformation it brings will not only be technological, but political, social, ethical and strategic as well."
    • Published On: 4/1/2000
  •  Shaping the World through Engagement: Assessing the Department of Defense's Theater Engagement Planning Process

    Shaping the World through Engagement: Assessing the Department of Defense's Theater Engagement Planning Process

    Shaping the World through Engagement: Assessing the Department of Defense's Theater Engagement Planning Process COL Thomas Jordan, Prof Douglas C Lovelace Jr, Dr Thomas-Durell Young Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new and ambitious planning initiative that could have a major impact upon how resources are allocated among the armed services and the combatant commands. The administration has directed the geographic combatant commanders-in-chief (CINCs) to implement the administration’s strategy of “shape, respond and prepare now.” Of course, DoD, the Military Departments, and constituent agencies have long been accustomed to “preparing” for potential conflicts so that the U.S. armed forces could “respond” when directed by the national command authorities (NCA). “Shaping,” however, has been a bit more problematic. A very strong argument could be made that the U.S. armed services have long been engaged in shaping activities in the international environment. From U.S. Marines all but occupying and governing Caribbean and Central American countries in the early part of this century, to U.S. servicemen and women engaged in peace-enforcement operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina today, many past and present U.S. operations can be categorized as shaping activities."
    • Published On: 4/1/2000
  •  Deterrence in the 21st Century: March, 2000

    Deterrence in the 21st Century: March, 2000

    Deterrence in the 21st Century: March, 2000 Dr Lawrence M Blotzer Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 4/1/2000
  •  The Russian Military at the Dawn of the Millenium: March, 2000

    The Russian Military at the Dawn of the Millenium: March, 2000

    The Russian Military at the Dawn of the Millenium: March, 2000 Michael H Crutcher Issue Papers by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 3/1/2000
  •  Prevailing in a Well-Armed World: Devising Competitive Strategies Against Weapons Proliferation

    Prevailing in a Well-Armed World: Devising Competitive Strategies Against Weapons Proliferation

    Prevailing in a Well-Armed World: Devising Competitive Strategies Against Weapons Proliferation Mr Henry D Sokolski Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The United States has a long-standing commitment to efforts to limit, delay, or stop, and even reverse the proliferation of a variety of weapons and weapon systems. The several papers contained in this volume are drawn from a conference that explored the merits of, and various methods of applying, a competitive strategies approach to the pursuit of U.S. goals in nonproliferation. This approach requires thinking through how to improve one’s relative position in any long-term competition."
    • Published On: 3/1/2000
  •  Future Leadership, Old Issues, New Methods

    Future Leadership, Old Issues, New Methods

    Future Leadership, Old Issues, New Methods Dr Douglas V Johnson II Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "As the Army rapidly progresses into the information age, the professional dialogue concerning how to harness the enormous potential of information becomes more intense. It is too frequently centered on equipment/technology solutions as opposed to human performance solutions. The Army After Next initiative is a rare example where a healthy balance between equipment-technology and human performance is emerging. Maintaining this focus is becoming ever more challenging as the allure of high-payoff, high-technology equipment and digitization overshadow the more “touchy-feely” explorations of human behavioral science and leadership."
    • Published On: 3/1/2000
  •  The United States and Latin America: Shaping an Elusive Future

    The United States and Latin America: Shaping an Elusive Future

    The United States and Latin America: Shaping an Elusive Future Dr Donald E Schulz Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Developing a U.S. national security strategy for Latin America is a daunting task in an era of scarce resources. Yet, it is important at this historical juncture that the effort be undertaken. The demise of the Cold War has produced not an “End of History” but a “New World Disorder,” which may well become more tumultuous in the decades ahead. Thus, it is crucial at this turn of the millennium to reconsider the prospects for regional security, the challenges that both new and old dangers may pose to U.S. interests, and the kind of strategy and policies that might enable the United States to both better cope with current problems and head off those that are just over the horizon."
    • Published On: 3/1/2000
  •  European Security: Washington's Shaping Strategy in Action

    European Security: Washington's Shaping Strategy in Action

    European Security: Washington's Shaping Strategy in Action Dr Stephen J Blank, Dr William T Johnsen, Dr Thomas-Durell Young Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Notwithstanding the claims of some in the United States, European affairs continue to dominate U.S. foreign policy and strategic thinking. The end of the Cold War has not seen any blurring of the focus of U.S. officials on European affairs. Managing the implications of the break-up of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the seemingly never-ending conflicts in the Balkans, encouraging the growth of Western norms and institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, and expanding and reforming the North Atlantic Alliance are just some of the issues that require firm and consistent U.S. leadership."
    • Published On: 3/1/2000
  •  The United States and Colombia: Untying the Gordian Knot

    The United States and Colombia: Untying the Gordian Knot

    The United States and Colombia: Untying the Gordian Knot AMB David Passage Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Twenty-five years after the end of the Vietnam War, the ghost of that war still haunts decisionmakers when it comes to making long-term commitments to situations that remotely resemble anything like our Indochina experience. That is the case with Colombia, which is embroiled in an internecine struggle with two guerrilla movements, bent on overthrowing the government, as well as with narcotraffickers and paramilitary forces."
    • Published On: 3/1/2000
  •  Refining American Strategy in Africa

    Refining American Strategy in Africa

    Refining American Strategy in Africa Dr Steven Metz Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "Traditionally, the United States has not been a major player in the security environment of Sub-Saharan Africa, relying instead on European nations to provide outside assistance to African states. Today, it is appropriate to rethink this neglect. Africa is undergoing vast political, social, and economic changes. A consistent and well-designed American strategy in the region could help tilt the scales in favor of security and stability."
    • Published On: 2/1/2000
  •  Asia-Pacific Security: China's Conditional Multilateralism and Great Power Entente

    Asia-Pacific Security: China's Conditional Multilateralism and Great Power Entente

    Asia-Pacific Security: China's Conditional Multilateralism and Great Power Entente Dr Jing-dong Yuan Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "This monograph provides an analysis of the People’s Republic of China’s evaluation of multilateralism and its place in Chinese foreign relations in the Asia-Pacific region. In contrast to conventional scholarly wisdom, the author, Dr. Jing-dong Yuan, contends that China is not opposed to multilateral approaches. In fact, Dr. Yuan asserts that China has adopted an approach he dubs 'conditional multilateralism.' "
    • Published On: 1/1/2000
  •  The Collins Center Update Vol 1, Issue 3: December, 1999

    The Collins Center Update Vol 1, Issue 3: December, 1999

    The Collins Center Update Vol 1, Issue 3: December, 1999 Collins Center Update by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership
    • Published On: 12/15/1999
  •  The Chinese Armed Forces in the 21st Century

    The Chinese Armed Forces in the 21st Century

    The Chinese Armed Forces in the 21st Century Dr Larry M Wortzel Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "The debate about China and Taiwan is re-emerging in the United States. The accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, of course, put on the front burner the way that nationalistic fervor has grown in China, at least some of it as a result of manipulation by the Communist Party. President Lee Teng-hui's comments about state-to-state relations between Taiwan and the mainland raised the temperature of relations across the strait and among the three concerned parties (China, the United States, and Taiwan). China threatened, China postured, and China ran political campaigns against the United States and Lee. But the questions of military capability, security policy, and intent are rarely treated seriously. This book is a serious look at the armed forces of China and how they will evolve."
    • Published On: 12/1/1999
  •  Army Professionalism, the Military Ethic, and Officership in the 21st Century

    Army Professionalism, the Military Ethic, and Officership in the 21st Century

    Army Professionalism, the Military Ethic, and Officership in the 21st Century Major John A Nagl, COL Tony Pfaff, Dr Don M Snider Monograph by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute "On January 25, 1999, a tall, ramrod-straight young combat-arms officer serving in Bosnia with the 1st Armored Division told the about-to-graduate cadets at West Point, “I tell my men every day there is nothing there worth one of them dying for.” It was a startling admission to the cadets who were in the midst of a series of classes on the professional military ethic; the lieutenant’s admission was utterly contradictory to what they had been studying."
    • Published On: 12/1/1999
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