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Visiting Research Professors

Each year SSI offers one or two visiting research professorships. These are research positions with no teaching and very limited administrative duties. The successful candidate will advance his or her own research agenda while simultaneously producing SSI studies on relevant strategic topics which will be distributed to military leaders, government officials, civilian academics, and the global strategic community. Read more about visiting research professorships.

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Professor of the Military Profession and Ethic

The United States Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) invites qualified scholars to apply for the position of (Assistant/Associate/Full) Professor of the Military Profession and Ethic. This is a fulltime, long-term, civilian faculty position at the United States Army's most senior institution for professional military education.

The Professor of the Military Profession and Ethic's principal responsibility is to produce cutting-edge scholarship that analyzes the military as a profession. The position influences national security strategy and conducts service in support of the U.S. Army War College. The position involves teaching at least two elective courses in a three year period.

For additional information and to apply for the position, please visit the U.S. Army War College's website at http://www.carlisle.army.mil/. On the menu bar, click "About Us" and then "Employment Opportunities" to find the job announcement. Review of applications will begin February 22, 2015. Finalists for the position will be invited to the Army War College for a comprehensive visit that includes an interview with the search committee and meetings with faculty and administrators. The announcement can also be found on at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/419945600.

Off-site Opportunities Details

Questions? Contact Dr. Steven Metz.

Adjunct Professors

SSI offers adjunct professorships to select LTCs or COLs in the Army National Guard (ARNG), U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), retired active component, and civilian scholars and practitioners. These are research positions with no teaching. The successful candidate will possess qualifications as outlined in Carlisle Barracks Memorandum 351-1 and will have the opportunity to advance his or her own research agenda while simultaneously producing SSI studies on relevant strategic topics which will be distributed to military leaders, government officials, civilian academics, and the global strategic community. While SSI may be able to provide some research support for projects by adjunct professors, these are honorific, unpaid positions.

External Research Associates Program (ERAP)

The 2015 solicitation period for topic proposals under the External Research Associates Program (ERAP) is closed (as of 14 September 2015). The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) will open the next solicitation period for 2016 ERAP proposals in May/June 2016.

ERAP is a contractual program (not an academic grant), whereby the U.S. Government pays for scholarly research and analysis on issues of concern to those institutions responsible for U.S. national security policy and strategy, with particular focus on issues relevant to the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. Contributing scholars are drawn from within the United States and abroad, with the program open to U.S. and international scholars and other experts not affiliated with the U.S. military, the U.S. Government, or for-profit consulting firms.

*Please direct your questions regarding the application instructions, format and process to Ms. Dascine Drumgold at: Dascine.o.drumgold.civ@mail.mil or Mr. Ken Morris at: Mason.k.morris.civ@mail.mil.

Unsolicited Submissions

If you are affiliated with the U.S. military, the U.S. Government, or for-profit consulting firms we are able to make your research available, but it is non-compensated and may or may not be an official SSI monograph. Submissions must be a response to one or more topics found in our annual Key Strategic Issues List. Researchers interested in submitting unsolicited manuscripts to be considered for publication must first send a resume/curriculum vitae to the Director of Research along with an abstract describing the paper's main argument and methodology as well as how the manuscript adds to the existing knowledge of the subject. Contact our Director of Research, Dr. Steven Metz, for more information.

Off-site Opportunities Details

American Use of Strategic Landpower since 9/11

The U.S. Army War College seeks papers for a conference on “American Use of Strategic Landpower since 9/11” to be held at Carlisle Barracks, PA, from December 2-4, 2015.
In the decade following America’s involvement in the War in Vietnam, Colonel Harry Summers-a researcher in the War College’s Strategic Studies Institute—analyzed the Army’s performance in that conflict. His On Strategy: The Vietnam War in Context (1982) was a controversial landmark study of the use of military force, particularly landpower. In the spirit of On Strategy, the War College now seeks to examine the American use of landpower since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 through multiple strategic perspectives.
The Army defines landpower as "the ability-by threat, force, or occupation-to gain, sustain and exploit control over land, resources, and people." The employment of strategic landpower thus seeks to accomplish these tasks in pursuit of policy ends.
There are many possible paper topics associated with strategic landpower. They include: the evolving nature of war; strategic analysis of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom; perspectives of regional combatant commands and theater armies; landpower issues associated with the reserve components and institutional army; ground force modernization and transformation; civil-military relations; roles of the interagency and non-governmental organizations; and law and ethics of war. This is far from an exhaustive list, and the War College welcomes all serious proposals on relevant topics.

Details: Panels are preferred but individual papers will be considered for acceptance. Panel presentations will last 90 minutes and consist of 20-minute (each) presentations from three panelists, a 10-minute synthesis from the moderator/commentator, and a 15-minute question-and-answer period. By 15 August 2015, submit an abstract (no more than 250 words) for a proposed panel or individual paper to Major Jason Warren, Ph.D., at jason.w.warren.mil@mail.mil. Panel abstracts must include an abbreviated curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages) for all participants. The War College will announce the accepted panels and papers no later than 30 September. Selected participants will submit their fully annotated final papers of 3,000-5000 words to the above email address one week prior to the conference. The War College will fund accepted panelists’ travel, lodging, and per diem.