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    Added April 21, 2015

    Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support

    Authored by Jeffery L. Caton.
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    During the past half-century, Army space operations have evolved from a realm exclusive to scientists and engineers, to highly classified activities largely unknown to the general population, to the unveiling of space-based communication, imagery, surveillance, and environment capabilities that have become a foundation for all modern warfare. Is the Army properly postured to meet current and future space-based support needs to conduct unified land operations?

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    Added April 15, 2015

    Parsing Chinese-Russian Military Exercises

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    During the past decade, China and Russia have deepened their defense cooperation to include a range of bilateral and multilateral military exercises. These have multiple purposes and the potential to evolve into a more significant security development in coming years.

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    Added April 14, 2015

    Maturing Defense Support of Civil Authorities and the Dual Status Commander Arrangement through the Lens of Process Improvement

    Authored by Ryan Burke, Dr. Sue McNeil.
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    Military operations are intricate, dynamic, and fluid. For these reasons, military commanders and planners regularly rehearse, train, exercise, and simulate operational scenarios so they are better prepared to face such challenges in real-world situations. Domestic civil support operations in response to emergencies or disasters present a challenging operational environment full of legal, financial, and even political barriers unique only to domestic missions.

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    Added April 13, 2015

    Another Brick in the Wall: The Israeli Experience in Missile Defense

    Authored by Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan.
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    The Israeli experience in missile defense reveals crucial lessons on the military adaptation to both new threats and new remedies that have direct implications for the United States and its allies.

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    Added April 10, 2015

    The State-Society/Citizen Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for Planning and Implementation of U.S. Intervention and Peace/State-building Operations

    Authored by Dr. Yannis A. Stivachtis.
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    This monograph argues that the design and effective implementation of peacemaking and peace/state-building policies require that the U.S. strategists are fully aware of what constitutes a security issue for social groups and individuals in third countries. Consequently, in order to create strong states in post-conflict situations, U.S. strategic planning and actions should be based on the adoption of the broaden definition of security as well as the idea of human security

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    Added April 09, 2015

    A Russian View on Landpower

    Authored by Major General Aleksandr V. Rogovoy, Keir Giles.
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    In a time of rapid change for the U.S. Army, it is essential to retain awareness of how potential adversaries are also developing their concepts of Landpower. This Letort Paper lays out an authoritative Russian view on the importance of substantial conventional land forces—a view which U.S. force planners should study closely.

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    Added April 09, 2015

    Toward a Unified Military Response: Hurricane Sandy and the Dual Status Commander

    Authored by Ryan Burke, Dr. Sue McNeil.
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    This monograph carefully and comprehensively analyzes the dual status commander (DSC)-led military response to Hurricane Sandy in New York. It offers objective and systematic documentation of this response, including DSC-led military response. It concludes with a series of actionable recommendations aimed at improving operational decisionmaking, policy, and legislation specifically related to DSCs during no-notice/limited-notice incidents.

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    Added April 08, 2015

    Space-Based Solar Power: A Technical, Economic, and Operational Assessment

    Authored by Jeffery L. Caton.
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    With growing international awareness of energy security challenges, the promise of space-based solar power for clean and unlimited energy for all humankind is certainly appealing. While significant progress continues in the enabling technologies of such systems, is there compelling evidence that space-based solar power systems will provide the best energy solution? How does the Army’s current approach to incorporating a diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources in distributed locations compare to the potential of enterprise ventures that beam energy from solar collectors in space?

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    Added April 03, 2015

    Thucydides Was Right: Defining the Future Threat

    Authored by Dr. Colin S. Gray.
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    To define future threat is, in a sense, an impossible task, yet it is one that must be done. The only sources of empirical evidence accessible are the past and the present; one cannot obtain understanding about the future from the future.

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    Added April 02, 2015

    Strengthening Statehood Capabilities for Successful Transitions in the Middle East / North Africa Region

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    The post-revolution political elites in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia are struggling to strengthen their legitimacy in the eyes of the public, but their attempts to gather support for much-needed new political institutions and reforms have made limited progress. This monograph explains why and suggests what can be done to help.

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    Added April 01, 2015

    Confidence Building in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Territorial and Weapons-Based Regimes

    Authored by Dr. Mary Manjikian.
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    Confidence-building measures among nations can establish trust, prevent misunderstandings, and establish stable conditions in the international system. In considering how to establish confidence-building measures in cyberspace, analysts can learn from past examples—including the establishment of weapons-based confidence-building measures in the areas of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons, as well as in the Indo-Pakistan Conflict.

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    Added March 26, 2015

    Project 1704: A U.S. Army War College Analysis of Russian Strategy in Eastern Europe, an Appropriate U.S. Response, and the Implications for U.S. Landpower

    Edited by COL Douglas Mastriano, LTC Derek O'Malley.
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    The 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and its ongoing war against Ukraine is a turning point in its relations with Europe and the United States. Yet, NATO and the United States are yet to offer a viable strategy on how it will answer this emerging threat. Project 1704 takes a hard look at the changing strategic environment in Europe and offers an approach to maintain stability in Europe.

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    Added March 12, 2015

    The Army War College Review Vol. 1 No.1

    Edited by Dr. Larry D Miller.
    The Army War College Review, a refereed publication of student work, is produced under the purview of the Strategic Studies Institute and the United States Army War College. An electronic quarterly, The AWC Review connects student intellectual work with professionals invested in U.S. national security, Landpower, strategic leadership, global security studies, and the advancement of the profession of arms.

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    Added February 20, 2015

    Breaking the Nordic Defense Deadlock

    Authored by Dr. Stefan Forss, Colonel (Ret.) Pekka Holopainen.
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    Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are urgently considering how best to optimize limited defense resources in the face of a newly assertive Russia. This monograph proposes enhanced defense cooperation, both regionally and with the United States, as a means to ensure the security of U.S. allies in a strategically vital region.

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    Added February 20, 2015

    Prospects for Iran's New Direction

    Authored by Keir Giles.
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    This monograph, completed ahead of the November 2014 deadline, examines some of the underlying factors which will be constant in dealing with a nuclear capable Iran under President Hassan Rouhani, and which will help determine the success or failure of talks in 2015.

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    Added February 17, 2015

    Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession

    Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras.
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    Untruthfulness is surprisingly common in the U.S. military even though members of the profession are loath to admit it. Further, much of the deception and dishonesty that occurs in the profession of arms is actually encouraged and sanctioned by the military institution.

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    Added February 11, 2015

    Senior Conference 50, The Army We Need: The Role of Landpower in an Uncertain Strategic Environment

    Edited by Major Charlie D Lewis, Dr. Rachel M Sondheimer, Colonel Jeffrey D Peterson.
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    Senior Conference 2014, the 50th iteration of the United States Military Academy (USMA) Senior Conference, explored emerging trends and their implications for the Army’s strategic contribution to national security.

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    Added February 11, 2015

    Always Strategic: Jointly Essential Landpower

    Authored by Dr. Colin S. Gray.
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    Why is Landpower always strategic? Is Landpower still Landpower when it is dependently joint?

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    Added February 10, 2015

    Assessing Egyptian Public Support for Security Crackdowns in the Sinai

    Authored by Gregory Aftandilian.
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    This monograph explores the terrorist groups emanating from the Sinai Peninsula and assesses the level of Egyptian public support for the government's security crackdown on them. It offers recommendations for U.S. policymakers to help Egypt deal with this terrorist threat, not only militarily but in the social and economic spheres.

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    Added February 03, 2015

    New Realities: Energy Security in the 2010s and Implications for the U.S. Military

    Edited by Dr. John R. Deni.
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    How are the profound, even revolutionary changes in today’s global energy markets affecting U.S. national security and the U.S. military? Experts from academia, think tanks, the Pentagon, and the private sector address these and related questions in this timely, important edited volume.

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    Added January 30, 2015

    Do Fewer Resources Mean Less Influence? A Comparative Historical Case Study of Military Influence in a Time of Austerity

    Authored by Dr. Mary Manjikian.
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    The issue of how military resources should be reallocated after a military drawdown is not new. This monograph considers how this question was addressed in post-World War I Britain, and in the United States in the Post-Vietnam and Cold War environment, as well as making comparisons with the present environment.

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    Added January 23, 2015

    Army Support of Military Cyberspace Operations: Joint Contexts and Global Escalation Implications

    Authored by Jeffery L. Caton.
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    Military cyberspace operations have been ongoing since before the advent of the Internet and their influence on traditional military operations continues to increase. What are the significant changes in mission and structure of Department of Defense offensive and defensive cyberspace activities over the past decade? How do joint and Army cyberspace military operations fit into the complex and dynamic sphere of daily network defense as well as international deterrence and escalation?

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    Added January 13, 2015

    Getting to the Left of SHARP: Lessons Learned from West Point's Efforts to Combat Sexual Harassment and Assault

    Authored by Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr., Colonel Cindy R. Jebb, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Gade, Cadet Hope C. Landsem.
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    On July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, ending the practice of segregating the military services by race. That same year, the Army allowed women to join the services on an equal basis with men. Both of these steps preceded the larger societal changes that allowed fully equal treatment of all types of American citizens in military service. Just over 2 years ago, Congress repealed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, allowing for gays and lesbians to take their place openly in the military. While we have a long way to go, one of the hallmarks of a profession is its continued efforts to improve. To that end, this monograph shares a few of the lessons West Point has learned on the prevention of sexual harassment and assault.

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    Added January 02, 2015

    The Effective Use of Reserve Personnel in the U.S. Military: Lessons from the United Kingdom Reserve Model

    Authored by Dr. Shima D. Keene.
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    Can the U.S. Army and other services benefit from the United Kingdom's program of reserve reform?

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    Added December 19, 2014

    Regionalizing East Mediterranean Gas: Energy Security, Stability, and the U.S. Role

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri, Ms. Laura El-Katiri.
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    The tremendous economic and geostrategic significance of the East Mediterranean's newly discovered and potential future hydrocarbon resources also holds the potential for new grounds for conflict. The significance of these discoveries to the geopolitics of the East Mediterranean and Middle East Regions as well as potential U.S. strategic responses to these unfolding challenges is examined.

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    Added December 15, 2014

    Operationalizing Counter Threat Finance Strategies

    Authored by Dr. Shima D. Keene.
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    Counter Threat Finance strategies have the potential to be a multifaceted weapon both for the purpose of gathering intelligence and for direct action. This Paper highlights ways in which Counter Threat Finance strategies can be applied not only to effectively disrupt adversary activity, but also to stabilize local economies for the purpose of capturing hearts and minds, as well as to serve in advance as indicators and warnings of impending instability.

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    Added December 05, 2014

    American Grand Strategy and the Future of U.S. Landpower

    Edited by Major Joseph V. Da Silva, Dr. Hugh P. Liebert, Professor Isaiah Wilson, III.
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    As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wane, an era of budget austerity emerges and the U.S. strategic focus shifts toward the Pacific, what role should LandPower play in American grand strategy? This volume offers an authoritative set of responses to this question from leading experts in international relations and security studies.

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    Added November 26, 2014

    Re-examining the Roles of Landpower in the 21st Century and Their Implications

    Authored by Dr. William T. Johnsen.
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    Despite over a decade of predominantly land warfare, American policymakers are unsure about the future relevance and utility of Landpower. An increasingly uncertain and ambiguous international security environment, combined with the complexities of modern warfare argues for greater clarification of what Landpower means in 21st century terms.

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    Added November 20, 2014

    Central Asia's Shrinking Connectivity Gap: Implications for U.S. Strategy

    Authored by Roman Muzalevsky.
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    The U.S. global and regional role and capabilities will depend on how well it adjusts its grand strategy in response to current and projected trends in the era of rising powers. In this context, the rise of China, India, and the resurgence of Russia—all capable of challenging regional orders—calls for an engaged, long-term, and concerted U.S. global and regional strategy in Central Asia—the area that figures increasingly prominent in the grand strategies of the rising powers.

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    Added November 19, 2014

    Creating an Effective Regional Alignment Strategy for the U.S. Army

    Authored by Major Raven Bukowski, Major John Childress, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso, Lieutenant Colonel David S. Lyle.
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    Despite talk about regional alignment, the Army has taken few concrete steps to prepare for this dramatic change. While enormous in its implications, the Army’s current regional alignment plan seems to be little more than directing units to “focus regionally” and aligning them with the appropriate combatant command.

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