Issue Papers

 
  •  Addressing Transnational Threats in Southeast Asia: Environmental Security and Counter Terrorism

    Addressing Transnational Threats in Southeast Asia: Environmental Security and Counter Terrorism

    Addressing Transnational Threats in Southeast Asia: Environmental Security and Counter Terrorism Dr Kent H Butts, LTC Curtis W Turner Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "The United States-Republic of the Philippines strategic partnership was broadened when representatives of the two countries co-hosted the December Counter Terrorism Conference held in Manila from 3-5 December 2003. The Conference, Addressing Transnational Threats in Southeast Asia: Environmental Security and Counter Terrorism, was the second of a series of Defense Environmental Security Conferences and reflected the lead role of the Philippines in addressing the region’s transnational security threats."
    • Published On: 1/15/2004
  •  Rebalancing the Force: Weighing the Roles of the Components

    Rebalancing the Force: Weighing the Roles of the Components

    Rebalancing the Force: Weighing the Roles of the Components Prof James O Kievit, LTC Robert W Lindemann, LTC John C Traylor, Prof Bert B Tussing Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Conduct of the Global War on Terrorism has raised the involuntary mobilization of Army Reserve and National Guard forces to their highest levels since World War II. This increased reliance on the Reserve Components (RC) prompted the Secretary of Defense to direct the Services, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Under Secretaries of Defense to examine whether and how to “rebalance forces” in order to reduce the need to involuntarily mobilize the Guard and Reserve. The Army’s mission analysis is well underway, and the resulting AC/RC force structure will impact how the components provide appropriate and ready forces in support of the entire spectrum of missions overseas and for Homeland Security."
    • Published On: 12/15/2003
  •  Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Central Asia / Central Asian States Disaster Response Conference 2003

    Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Central Asia / Central Asian States Disaster Response Conference 2003

    Strengthening Regional Cooperation in Central Asia / Central Asian States Disaster Response Conference 2003 Prof Bernard F Griffard, LTC Curtis W Turner, Prof Bert B Tussing Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "The world continues to get smaller, and the neighborhoods that it is composed of are becoming more dependent upon one another. Today’s threats to stability are trans-national in nature and rarely contained within the borders of one country. In most cases the consequences of a major terrorist action or environmental disaster will quickly overwhelm the management capability and response assets of the affected nation. When that occurs the maintenance of stability relies on effective regional, and if required, international assistance. A government that attempts to “go it alone” in today’s environment runs the risk of losing the confidence of its citizens and, as a result, its viability. As part of the United States’ active efforts to forge new, productive international relationships to meet the challenges of the 21st century, encouraging stronger regional ties where few currently exist is a key policy initiative."
    • Published On: 11/15/2003
  •  Crack in the Foundation: Defense Transformation and the Underlying Assumption of Dominant Knowledge in Future War

    Crack in the Foundation: Defense Transformation and the Underlying Assumption of Dominant Knowledge in Future War

    Crack in the Foundation: Defense Transformation and the Underlying Assumption of Dominant Knowledge in Future War COL Herbert R Mcmaster Student Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "A failure to examine critically the fundamental assumption that underpins much of the defense transformation initiative threatens to undermine the best efforts of senior military and civilian officials and create vulnerabilities in future American forces. While this failure may not affect initiatives connected with homeland security, the ballistic missile defense program, or business practice reforms, it has permitted the development of an unrealistic vision of future conventional war. The intellectual foundation for building tomorrow’s military force rests on the unfounded assumption that technologies emerging from the “information revolution” will lift the fog of war and permit U.S. forces to achieve a very high degree of certainty in future military operations."
    • Published On: 11/15/2003
  •  Reporters on the Ground: The Military and the Media's Experience During Operation Iraqi Freedom

    Reporters on the Ground: The Military and the Media's Experience During Operation Iraqi Freedom

    Reporters on the Ground: The Military and the Media's Experience During Operation Iraqi Freedom Prof Michael J Pasquarett Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "During the planning for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the Department of Defense (DoD) developed an embedded media program that planned for large numbers of embedded reporters throughout military units. Unlike Vietnam in the 1970s, this program resulted in television reporting from within Iraq, especially from those reporters embedded with front-line units, almost instantaneously. The speed that these reports made it on the air often outpaced the military’s communication channels. Although it gave the American citizens an immediate close up report of what their armed forces were doing, it handicapped media analysts and stateside reporters in their ability to put the raw reporting from the field into a larger context. Conversely, those TV journalists supplying these spectacular reports and engrossing pictures from the front line were also handicapped in that they were reporting in a vacuum, unable themselves to obtain any kind of perspective or context."
    • Published On: 10/15/2003
  •  Assisting Professional Militaries in Latin America, National Security Strategy Development Workshop, La Paz, Bolivia

    Assisting Professional Militaries in Latin America, National Security Strategy Development Workshop, La Paz, Bolivia

    Assisting Professional Militaries in Latin America, National Security Strategy Development Workshop, La Paz, Bolivia Prof Bernard F Griffard, Mr Todd M Wheeler Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Professionalization of their nation’s military establishment is a challenge for some Latin American democracies because of the historical baggage carried by their armed forces. The populations of the countries concerned are often suspicious of providing these former repressive organizations with modern “equipment and techniques”. However, the reality is, that the region’s military organizations existing with less than adequate training and professional standards as well as operating in an under resourced environment are susceptible to corruption and politicization, and in that way pose a threat to further democratic development. "
    • Published On: 10/15/2003
  •  Environmental Security Cooperation USARPAC's: Defense Environmental and International Cooperation (DEIC) Conference

    Environmental Security Cooperation USARPAC's: Defense Environmental and International Cooperation (DEIC) Conference

    Environmental Security Cooperation USARPAC's: Defense Environmental and International Cooperation (DEIC) Conference Dr Kent H Butts, Christopher Jasparro, LTC Curtis W Turner Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "The U.S Counterterrorism (CT) program for Southeast Asia received important support in June when attendees at the United States Defense Environmental and International Cooperation (DEIC) Conference developed a military-based model for identifying and preventing the causes of environmental terrorism, preventing attacks on critical infrastructure, and providing consequence management and mitigation of man-made and natural disasters."
    • Published On: 9/15/2003
  •  Re-Examining Tomorrow's Battlefield: Taking the Fight into the Cities

    Re-Examining Tomorrow's Battlefield: Taking the Fight into the Cities

    Re-Examining Tomorrow's Battlefield: Taking the Fight into the Cities COL Steven M Jones Student Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Americans and our allies are not the only ones glued to the television lately! One can be sure that enemies of the United States not directly engaged by the invasion of Iraq have likewise been watching intently—and learning. Now, more than ever, the U.S. military's overwhelming dominance in Iraq has guaranteed that future adversaries will pursue every conceivable asymmetric advantage to offset their conventional and technological inferiority."
    • Published On: 6/15/2003
  •  Public Safety During Combat: A Positive Lesson from Vietnam

    Public Safety During Combat: A Positive Lesson from Vietnam

    Public Safety During Combat: A Positive Lesson from Vietnam COL Frank L Miller Jr Student Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "The incredible success of General Tommy Franks’ push to Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom will be studied for years as the quintessential example of modern warfare. The Combined and Joint Forces of the Allied Coalition executed a strategy designed to be everywhere at once in order to render the Iraqi defender totally unable to establish a coherent defense. Even given the limitation of only one route of ground ingress (from Kuwait), the speed and agility of the ground forces, combined with the deep ISR and targeting assets of the Air Force and Army Aviation, and the economy of force efforts of the Special Operations elements, simply overwhelmed the ability of the Iraqi Army to defend. This was intentional, but at least one unintentional result of this unprecedented speed of maneuver must be addressed in all future planning: as enemy forces or individual combatants are bypassed and allowed to mix with noncombatants, the Decisive Phase of Campaign Operations will overlap with the Post-Conflict Phase. This dynamic must be planned for with a robust public safety capability that itself can overlap in time and space with combat operations. "
    • Published On: 6/15/2003
  •  DOD, NORTHCOM, and the Department of Homeland Security

    DOD, NORTHCOM, and the Department of Homeland Security

    DOD, NORTHCOM, and the Department of Homeland Security Prof James O Kievit, Prof Bert B Tussing Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Homeland security (HLS) gained an inescapable urgency as an aspect of the National Security Strategy on 11 September 2001. Since then, numerous fora, workshops, studies and symposia have been devoted to closing the gap between vulnerability to terrorism and domestic readiness in this country. Legislative directives and executive guidance have combined to reconfigure the face of federal, state, and local governments in order to respond to the first great crisis of the 21st Century."
    • Published On: 4/15/2003
  •  Strategic Leaders Adapting to the Future Environment - Department of State

    Strategic Leaders Adapting to the Future Environment - Department of State

    Strategic Leaders Adapting to the Future Environment - Department of State COL William L Wimbish III Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Competent, innovative and effective leadership is absolutely essential to the success of any organization; especially during times of great uncertainty and transformation. In order to effectively implement, manage and lead change, strategic leaders must possess and use certain core competencies and skill sets."
    • Published On: 2/15/2003
  •  The Day After: The Army in a Post-Conflict Iraq

    The Day After: The Army in a Post-Conflict Iraq

    The Day After: The Army in a Post-Conflict Iraq LTC Robert L Hesse, Dennis M Murphy, LTC Curtis W Turner Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "This issue paper summarizes the results of several post-conflict requirements symposia sponsored by the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership over a period of three years and considers these results in light of the Army’s Title 10 responsibilities in post-conflict Iraq. "
    • Published On: 12/15/2002
  •  Shortening The Defense Acquisition Cycle: A Transformation Imperative

    Shortening The Defense Acquisition Cycle: A Transformation Imperative

    Shortening The Defense Acquisition Cycle: A Transformation Imperative Prof Bernard F Griffard Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "Today’s compelling need for all Services to respond rapidly and decisively across the full spectrum of military operations requires revolutionary, not evolutionary acquisition strategies. Initiatives must be taken to bring defense cycle times closer to those of the commercial sector."
    • Published On: 11/15/2002
  •  The U.S. Army's Initial Impressions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle

    The U.S. Army's Initial Impressions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle

    The U.S. Army's Initial Impressions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle Dr Conrad C Crane, Mr Eugene L Thompson Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "The Army has achieved significant successes, to date, in the global war on terrorism, demonstrating proficiency in all six of its core competencies. The experience in Afghanistan and elsewhere also reveal important challenges for the “Army of Excellence” and warfighting systems designed for mass industrial age warfare."
    • Published On: 10/15/2002
  •  United States Army Pacific and United States Army War College Lead Trilateral Strategic Planning Initiative

    United States Army Pacific and United States Army War College Lead Trilateral Strategic Planning Initiative

    United States Army Pacific and United States Army War College Lead Trilateral Strategic Planning Initiative Dr Kent H Butts, Prof Bert B Tussing Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership "The United States and the Republic of the Philippines combined Counterterrorism effort took on a fiscal dimension with the Senior Leader Workshop on Approaches to Planning, Programming and Budgeting held on 6-8 August 2002 in Manila."
    • Published On: 9/15/2002
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