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  •  Tackling Africa's First Narco-State: Guinea-Bissau in West Africa

    Tackling Africa's First Narco-State: Guinea-Bissau in West Africa

    Tackling Africa's First Narco-State: Guinea-Bissau in West Africa Colonel Stephen K Van Riper PKSOI Paper by the US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College Press "The United Nations coined the term ‘transnational crime’ in the 1970s to call attention to criminal acts which transcended national jurisdictions, such as money laundering, terrorist activities, illicit arms trafficking, illicit drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, and corruption. These types of activities inherently undermine progress in the peace and stability operations environment and deter foreign assistance in affected areas."
    • Published On: 9/1/2014
  •  The U.S.-India Relationship: Cross-Sector Collaboration To Promote Sustainable Development

    The U.S.-India Relationship: Cross-Sector Collaboration To Promote Sustainable Development

    The U.S.-India Relationship: Cross-Sector Collaboration To Promote Sustainable Development LTC John D Colwell, Jr, Dr Michael J Fratantuono, Dr David M Sarcone Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press Over the past 2 decades, the global system has been subject to a range of forces which have reconfigured relationships among individuals, organizations, and nation-states. As an aspect of that changing structure and rising interdependence, many security challenges which confront today’s strategic leaders are grounded in concerns about economic, social, and environmental sustainability, and, in turn, about political stability. Furthermore, with increasing frequency, many observers are concluding that those types of challenges cannot be addressed by stakeholders from any single sector. That insight has prompted calls for collaborative efforts involving citizen groups; for-profit and not-for-profit companies; local, regional, and national governments; and intergovernmental organizations. Nevertheless, initiating and managing a cross sector collaborative initiative is a difficult undertaking. It requires a broad range of skill sets, including the ability to think in system terms; help various participants articulate their respective interests and find common ground; marshal resources; create processes and structures that will enable collaboration; establish baselines; and celebrate progress. Acquiring those types of skills is relevant to strategic leaders in all professions, including those in the defense and security communities.
    • Published On: 9/1/2014
  •  Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military

    Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military

    Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and Their Implications for the U.S. Military Dr John R Deni Books by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Significant political, economic, and social change can dramatically impact the international security environment and hence U.S. security. For example, the revolutions that have unfolded across the Middle East and North Africa over the last several years have impacted American interests such as the security of Israel and the spread of democracy. Likewise, the less “revolutionary” but equally impactful changes that have unfolded across Latin America over the last 15 years have affected American interests such as free and open trade and access to reliable energy sources. In response to these changes, American leaders will wield diplomacy, development, and defense tools to safeguard U.S. interests and to fulfill broader policy objectives. Whether and how those leaders choose to wield Landpower—a critically important element of the defense toolbox—is subject to significant debate these days in light of sequestration’s continuing impact and the post-war drawdown impacting the U.S. Army in particular."
    • Published On: 9/1/2014
  •  A History of the U.S. Army Officer Corps, 1900-1990

    A History of the U.S. Army Officer Corps, 1900-1990

    A History of the U.S. Army Officer Corps, 1900-1990 Dr Arthur T Coumbe Books by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "With the assistance of the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, the Army’s Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis published a series of monographs that were intended to provide a theoretical and conceptual framework for the development of an Army Officer Corps Strategy. These monographs consider the creation and maintenance of a highly skilled Officer Corps in the context of the nation’s continuing commitment to an all-volunteer military, its far flung international interests, and ongoing changes in its domestic labor market. The authors of the various monographs believe that the confluence of these factors demands a comprehensive Officer Corps strategy that recognizes the interdependency of accessing, developing, retaining, and employing talent. In their view, building a talent-focused strategy around this four-activity human capital model would best enable the Army to match individual officer competencies to specific competency requirement."
    • Published On: 9/1/2014
  •  SOLLIMS Sampler – Women, Peace and Security

    SOLLIMS Sampler – Women, Peace and Security

    SOLLIMS Sampler – Women, Peace and Security Mister David A Mosinski PKSOI SOLLIMS Sampler by the US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute "Addressing gender issues while planning and conducting peace and stability operations requires the utmost attention to detail. Time spent on this endeavor, however, is absolutely essential for mission success."
    • Published On: 8/27/2014
  •  Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience

    Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience

    Strategic Retrenchment and Renewal in the American Experience Dr Peter Feaver Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press In recent years, debates over American grand strategy have often focused on the question of whether the United States should retrench geopolitically or seek to renew its international leadership. This collection of essays puts this pressing question in its proper historical and theoretical context. The authors examine past episodes in which American presidents were confronted with similar choices, and they probe theoretical and policy debates over retrenchment, renewal, and their consequences. The result is a volume that enriches our understanding of how American leaders have, can, and should respond to the challenges and opportunities that characterize international relations. The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to offer this collection as a contribution to the ongoing debate on American grand strategy.
    • Published On: 8/1/2014
  •  USAID & DoD: Analysis and Recommendations to Enhance Development-Military Cooperation

    USAID & DoD: Analysis and Recommendations to Enhance Development-Military Cooperation

    USAID & DoD: Analysis and Recommendations to Enhance Development-Military Cooperation Mister Benjamin D Kauffeld PKSOI Paper by US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute "At the beginning of 2014, U.S. government agencies involved in national security, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), maintained a laser like focus on an imploding Syria, the impending transition in Afghanistan and the arc of instability spreading across Western Africa. Not on the radar screen was the horror movie unfolding in Ukraine or the explosion of unaccompanied children fleeing instability in Central America. As General Key, European Command’s (EUCOM) planning chief, remarked at the late winter EUCOM Strategy Conference, 'Our crystal ball is not so crystal.' "
    • Published On: 8/1/2014
  •  Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4

    Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4

    Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4 Mister Robert C Browne Peace and Stability Journal by the US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute "While the discourse of American military efforts in the 21st-century has been dominated by the nature of counterinsurgency operations and urban warfare, perhaps its most salient output has been a renewed understanding of the importance of ‘whole of government’ approaches to future Army operations. Leveraging the collective capabilities of all elements of national power towards the accomplishment of over-arching political objectives is, therefore, critical to the rapid cessation of hostilities and the subsequent winning of the peace..."
    • Published On: 7/18/2014
  •  SOLLIMS Sampler – Lessons on Stability Operations from U.S. Army War College Students (July 2014)

    SOLLIMS Sampler – Lessons on Stability Operations from U.S. Army War College Students (July 2014)

    SOLLIMS Sampler – Lessons on Stability Operations from U.S. Army War College Students (July 2014) Mister David A Mosinski PKSOI SOLLIMS Sampler by the US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute "The students’ lessons cover a wide range of operations – Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and various multinational operations across Africa, Asia, and the Balkans. Certain lessons also provide key insights from classroom case studies on current economic development challenges in Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, the Solomon Islands, and South Sudan."
    • Published On: 7/10/2014
  •  Visual Propaganda and Extremism in the Online Environment

    Visual Propaganda and Extremism in the Online Environment

    Visual Propaganda and Extremism in the Online Environment Dr Cori E Dauber, Dr Carol K Winkler Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press Most of the papers included in this volume, except for the editor’s introduction, come from the conference on Visual Propaganda and Online Radicalization hosted in 2012 by Georgia State University in conjunction with the U.S. Army War College. They all speak to the power of visual images, particularly in the online environment, and the sophistication with which a variety of extremist and terrorist groups have adapted to the online environment, particularly through the use of powerful visual images. The strategic point made in these essays, and which serves as a unifying theme throughout the collection, is that weaker forces use these materials to great effect, and to even greater effect when we either underestimate the power of visual images or fail to develop effective counters. The unique value offered by these essays is to lay out clearly the ways in which images work for extremist groups, and to begin the process of developing effective strategies for responding. As the editors make clear, there is an extensive literature available establishing that when compared to text (or words heard over an audio track), images are remembered better, over a longer period of time, and with greater emotional power, having commanded more attention initially. This is true for moving and still images.
    • Published On: 7/1/2014
  •  FM 3-07 Stability Operations

    FM 3-07 Stability Operations

    FM 3-07 Stability Operations Joint and Army Stability Operations Doctrine by the US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute "FM 3-07 contributes to the Army and joint community by providing tactical guidance on the conduct of operations focused on stability. FM 3-07 addresses employment of forces in the conduct of operations focused on stability. FM 3-07 expounds on the doctrinal fundamentals and concepts established in ADRP 3-0 and ADRP 3-07. Readers should be familiar with ADRP 3-07, which establishes the doctrinal fundamentals for the conduct of operations focused on stability."
    • Published On: 6/2/2014
  •  Changing the Game: Human Security as a Grand Strategy

    Changing the Game: Human Security as a Grand Strategy

    Changing the Game: Human Security as a Grand Strategy Lieutenant Colonel John C Anderson PKSOI Paper by the US Army War College, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College Press "Dire forecasts of “game-changing” political, social and environmental upheaval over the next thirty years only add to the pessimism generated by constraining fiscal environments and tangible signs, the world over, of a rising China. These same pressures lend urgency to initiatives that seek greater organizational efficiency in the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State (DOS)."
    • Published On: 6/1/2014
  •  Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nonproliferation

    Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nonproliferation

    Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nonproliferation Mr. Henry D Sokolski Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press This volume taps the insights and analyses of 13 top security and nuclear experts to get the answers. What emerges is a comprehensive counternarrative to the prevailing wisdom and a series of innovative reforms to tighten existing nuclear nonproliferation controls. For any official, analyst, or party concerned about the spread of nuclear technology, this book is essential reading.
    • Published On: 6/1/2014
  •  Countering Radicalization and Recruitment to Al-Qaeda: Fighting the War of Deeds

    Countering Radicalization and Recruitment to Al-Qaeda: Fighting the War of Deeds

    Countering Radicalization and Recruitment to Al-Qaeda: Fighting the War of Deeds Dr Paul Kamolnick Letort Paper by US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "Disrupting, dismantling, and ultimately defeating al-Qaeda-based, affiliated, and inspired terrorism is the declared policy of the U.S. Government (USG). Despite noteworthy success in attacking the al-Qaeda (AQ) terrorist network and securing the homeland from terrorist attack, the United States has yet to execute an effective methodology for countering radicalization and recruitment to AQ. This monograph proposes a distinct War of Deeds methodology for accomplishing this."
    • Published On: 6/1/2014
  •  Op-Ed: Changing the Army's Culture of Cultural Change

    Op-Ed: Changing the Army's Culture of Cultural Change

    Op-Ed: Changing the Army's Culture of Cultural Change Leonard Wong Op-Ed by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College Press "In a profession as large as the U.S. Army, trying to influence the way organizational members think about specific issues can be a vexing proposition. Certainly new systems, policies, and procedures can force changes in behavior, but often what senior decisionmakers truly desire is a shift in attitudes—a culture change across the entire Army. Recent calls for Army culture change have emerged in areas as diverse as cyber security, resilience, sexual assault, leader development, language proficiency, and even energy conservation. Interestingly, the varied attempts at changing the Army’s culture over the past years seem to follow an amazingly similar template."
    • Published On: 5/16/2014
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