Army Heritage and Education Center

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center engages, inspires, and informs the Army, the American people, and global partners with a unique and enduring source of knowledge and thought. The Center is an integral part of the War College and maintains the knowledge repositories that support scholarship and research about the U.S. Army and its operating environment.

A History of the Army’s Future: 1990-2018 v 2.0

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The establishment of Army Futures Command (AFC) in August 2018 was the most significant change to the Institutional Army in a generation, and it signaled the value the Army placed on studying the future. While the establishment of a new…

Declassified Documents: Iraq War Study Volumes 1 & 2

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During the development of The U.S. Army in Iraq, Volumes 1 and 2, the Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Study Group relied heavily on over 30,000 pages of previously classified unit reports, assessments, and briefings, as well as numerous correspondences between senior…

Military Unpreparedness

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When Gen. Gordon Sullivan was Chief of Staff of the Army, he kept two books on his desk, The Seeds of Disaster: The Development of French Army Doctrine, 1919- 1939 by Col. Robert Doughty, and America’s First Battles, 1776-1965 by…

The Changing Character of War 1775-2016

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The potential changes in the operating environment (OE) and the character of war in the next 15-20 years are unknowable and history cannot provide a predictive model or “cookbook” to anticipate future events. The last 250 years, however, have provided…