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Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Sho... Cover Image
Added November 04, 2008
Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development. Authored by Mr. Nathan P. Freier.
Historically, defense strategy demonstrates three flaws: (1) it is generally reactive, (2) it lacks sufficient strategic imagination, and (3) as a result, it is vulnerable to surprise. The current administration confronted a game-changing “strategic shock” in its first 8 months in office. The next team would be well-advised to expect the same kind of unconventional and nonmilitary shock to DoD convention early in its first term.
Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the 21st Centu... Cover Image
Added November 01, 2004
Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the 21st Century: Reconceputalizing Threat and Response. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, LTC Raymond A. Millen.
Modern insurgency warfare presents fresh challenges for the United States, which must re-conceptualize its approach to fighting such conflicts. Because the dominant characteristics of insurgency--protractedness and ambiguity--effectively stymie the American military's approach to war, the United States needs to reorient its strategic thinking.
Improving Accountability for Effective Command Cli... Cover Image
Added September 01, 2003
Improving Accountability for Effective Command Climate: A Strategic Imperative. Authored by COL Steven M. Jones.
The Army Transformation process and endstate will entail a new cultural mindset. More than ever before, organizational (command) climate will become an increasingly significant prerequisite for unit effectiveness and combat readiness. Strategic remedies relating to unit climate assessment, leader development, performance appraisal, and accountability systems are proposed.
Rapid Decisive Operations: An Assumptions-Based Cr... Cover Image
Added November 01, 2001
Rapid Decisive Operations: An Assumptions-Based Critique. Authored by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II.
The author argues that, while those who developed the concept of rapid decisive operations (RDO) deserve high praise for attempting to link two relative properties—speed and decisiveness—the definition of RDO is at present incoherent and based on several deeply flawed assumptions. He goes on to recommend a method—which he calls Assumption-based Concept Development—for identifying and addressing an operational concept's critical assumptions.
Educating International Security Practitioners: Pr... Cover Image
Added July 01, 2001
Educating International Security Practitioners: Preparing to Face the Demands of the 21st Century International Security Environment. Authored by Dr. Robert H. Dorff, Brigadier General Daniel J. Kaufman, Dr. James M. Smith, Dr. Linda P. Brady.
The authors examine the challenges of the 21st century international security environment to which future strategic leaders and policy practitioners will need to respond.
Whither Haiti?... Cover Image
Added April 01, 1996
Whither Haiti? Authored by Dr. Donald E. Schulz.
Haiti is unlikely to make a successful transition to a secure, democratic, and economically modernizing nation unless it receives major support from foreign donors. Tactical success achieved so far could turn into strategic failure. Policy recommendations included.
Strategic Plans, Joint Doctrine and Antipodean Ins... Cover Image
Added October 01, 1995
Strategic Plans, Joint Doctrine and Antipodean Insights. Authored by Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Thomas-Durell Young.
The common view is that doctrine persists over a broader time frame than planning and that the latter draws on the former for context, syntax, even format. In truth the very process of planning shapes new ways of military action. The authors explore the relationship between strategic planning and doctrine at the joint level.