School of Strategic Landpower

The School of Strategic Landpower’s educational programs (resident and distance) develop strategic leaders by providing a strong foundation of wisdom, grounded in mastery of the profession of arms, and by serving as a crucible for educating future leaders in the analysis, evaluation, and refinement of professional expertise in war, strategy, operations, national security, resource management, and responsible command.

Strategic Consequences of Resilience

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The Army has taken great strides to address the negative impacts that 16 years of sustained conflict and high operational tempo have inflicted upon its soldiers and their physical, psychological, social, spiritual and family needs. Maintaining the stamina and endurance…

Beyond Violence: Rethinking the Spectrum of War

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In classical western theory, war and peace are cognitive shortcuts for the presence or absence of violence. Beyond heuristics, however, the struggle of life endures even in the absence of violence. Contrary to Clausewitz’ limited definition of war as an…

Cyberspace Employment Challenges Comparison to the Machine Gun

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The machine gun (MG) changed the character of warfare. Nevertheless, its acceptance and role in combat were not always obvious. Barriers such as social acceptance, obedience to strategies of past wars, and challenges with conceptualizing the future environment hindered the…

Heroes and Villains: Walter Reed and the All-Volunteer Force

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When the Washington Post revealed unacceptable living quarters and frustrating administrative process at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007, the public reacted to support the hospital’s war-wounded patients. The public’s outrage changed Army medicine forever. In seeking to…

Building Effective Training Readiness in the Reserves

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Since 2001, the Army Reserve has deployed more than 310,000 Soldiers in support of the War on Terror. These deployments have changed the focus of the Army Reserve from a strategic reserve to an operational force. This shift, encapsulated in…

Understanding Violence and Insurgency: A Framework for the Study of Civil Wars

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Current approaches within Professional Military Education (PME) and joint doctrine neglect cutting-edge findings regarding key aspects of civil war interventions. PME’s and joint doctrine’s approaches to civil war dynamics neglect scientifically rich causal stories on violence, insurgent group fragmentation, and…