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Transformation
STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE : DAVID GALULA : HIS LIFE AND INTELLECTUAL CONTEXT  

It is a safe bet that if the United States had not found itself or to be more accurate, identified itself as fighting an insurgency in Iraq sometime in 2003, David Galula would still be a nearly forgotten name. In 2003, his two books on counterinsurgency had been out of print for forty years. One, Pacification in Algeria, had never really been published at all; written as a study for RAND, it was classified until 2005. One of the characteristics which makes Galulas work so robust—its infusion ...Read more >

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MILITARY DEPARTMENTS CAN IMPROVE THEIR ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMS  

DOD is a massive and complex organization entrusted with more taxpayer dollars than any other federal department or agency. Organizationally, the department includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the military departments, numerous defense agencies and field activities and various unified combatant commands that are responsible for either specific geographic regions or specific functions. In support of its military operations, the department performs ...Read more >

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TRANSFORMING FOR WHAT : CHANLLENGES FACING WESTERN MILITARIES TODAY  

The term transformation is often heard in Western especially U.S. military circles. Tranformation is generally intended to convey the notion of major, productive change for the future that will result in improved military capabilities. A major issue that faces the militaries of most democratic nations is, however, what missions are they tranforming for. This article will examine that important question, with a paticular focus on the types of operations that are likely to predominate in the ...Read more >

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THE ARMYS FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEM (FCS) : BACKGROUND AND ISSUES FOR CONGRESS  

The Future Combat System (FCS) is the U.S. Armys multiyear, multibillion dollar program at the heart of the Armys transformation efforts. It is the Armys major research, development and acquisition program consisting of 14 manned and unmanned systems tied together by an extensive communications and information network. FCS is intended to replace such current systems as the M-1 Abrams tank and the M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. The FCS program has been characterized by the Army and ...Read more >

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FORCE STRUCTURE — NEED FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY FOR THE ARMYS GROW THE FORCE INITIATIVE FUNDING PLAN  

In January 2007, the Secretary of Defense announced an initiative to expand the Army from a total of 1,037,000 to 1,112,000 active and reserve soldiers by fiscal year 2013—an increase of 74,200 military personnel—in order to meet increasing strategic demands and to help reduce stress on the force. This planned expansion includes building six additional active modular brigade combat teams and additional modular support units,1 which will require a substantial increase in funding for personnel, ...Read more >

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DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD 2005 SUMMER STUDY ON TRANSFORMATION : A PROGRESS ASSESSMENT : VOLUME II  

One of the truly incredible benefits of Society in the United States has been the ability to create, stimulate and propagate the continued efficiency and productivity of the industrial and business community in the private sector to power the economy. The Department of Defense (DoD) has a great opportunity to capitalize on the practices of this community. The Business Management processes of the Department are complicated and conflicting and the systems that support them are inadequate, ...Read more >

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DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD SUMMER STUDY ON TRANSFORMATION : A PROGRESS ASSESSMENT  

Transformation is supported by a three-part strategy to continuously transform the DoDs culture, process and capabilities; transforming how DoD conducts combat operations, how DoD conducts its business and how DoD works with other agencies and nations, all in a continuously changing environment. As Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld noted in the 2005 National Defense Strategy, transformation is about changing the way we think about challenges and opportunities [and] adapting the defense ...Read more >

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TRANSFORMING COMMAND  

In the Foreword of this well executed book, Brigadier General H.R. McMaster, USA warns that American thinking about defense transformation and Revolutions in Military Affairs up until Iraq and Afghanistan had begun to eclipse the doctrine or command philosophy called mission command.The orthodoxy of defense transformation, he notes, considered war as mainly a targeting exercise and divorced war from its political, human, psychological and cultural dimensions. He goes on to associate the neglect ...Read more >

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TOWARDS A THEORY ON THE DESIGN OF ADAPTIVE TRANSFORMATION : A SYSTEMIC APPROACH  

This work proposes a novel approach to military transformation, Adaptive Transformation, that accounts for an inescapable reality in the current and future operational environment: uncertainty. Military planners and decision makers have to face long-term, evolutionary and transformational changes under two major premises. First, military transformation needs to be conceptualized as a continuously evolving, self-adapting process. Second, the terms that define its desired end state need revision, ...Read more >

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APPROACHING MILITARY TRANSFORMATION THROUGH MODERN DOCTRINAIRE-OPERATIONAL CONCEPTS  

Current as well as future challenges to national and international security generate an increase in the persuasive role of military-political security systems both at national and alliance levels, in terms of identifying and using the most appropriate solutions for crises management and eradication or for stopping or diminishing conflict intensity in various areas. Under these circumstances, when the changing process is ever faster, the framework favorable to openness and realization of a ...Read more >

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SHOCKED AND AWED : DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN  

One hundred days into the second term of President George W. Bush, a clear national security agenda and policy team have emerged. While there has been some change—most notably, the elevation of Condoleezza Rice to secretary of state and primary policy pilot—there is also a great deal of continuity, particularly in the Pentagon, where Donald Rumsfeld still rules supreme. In addition to fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the defense secretary is leading the charge on a third front—the ...Read more >

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CHANGING NATURE OF CONFLICT : TRENDS AND RESPONSES  

The Indian Army and the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS ) jointly organised a two-day international seminar on “Changing Nature of Conflict: Trends and Responses” on 23-24 November 2009 at the DRDO Auditorium, New Delhi. The Keynote Address was delivered by the Hon’ble Defence Minister, Mr A K Antony and the Inaugural Address by the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Deepak Kapoor, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC. Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs, delivered the Valedictory ...Read more >

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IS DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION AFFORDABLE : COST ESCALATION IN MAJORWEAPONS PROGRAMS  

The US focus on new weapons and technology as key aspects of force transformation has so far created as many problems as solutions. The very real advantages of technology and modernization threaten to be lost by a massive procurement program that is a cost escalation nightmare, that forces constant cuts in both the active force and the numbers of new systems to be procured and which can only be financed—even on paper—by cutting the funds for technology in the outyears as well as limiting other ...Read more >

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ARMY TRANSFORMATION : IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE  

Current Army transformation programs are not informed by the realities of modern combat or rigorous testing and experimentation. While it is gratifying to see interest in the concepts of rotational readiness and unit cohesion, the disastrous decision to keep American soldiers and units in Iraq for 12 months at a time reinforces my broader reservations about Army transformation. Today, our ground force is apparently exhausted and incapable of securing the stretch of road from downtown ...Read more >

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