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UNDERSTANDING AND DEVELOPING ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP DURING PRE-COMMISSIONING   

In complex operational environments marked by uncertainty, lethal threats, and long term commitments, the Army’s junior officers shoulder a burden that requires critical thinking and a willingness to exercise initiative and make decisions. In light of these requirements, the Army demands junior officers demonstrate adaptive leadership. Developing adaptive leadership during pre-commissioning training has challenged the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. While the Army ...Read more >

94 Pages
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DETACHMENT 101 IN THE CBI : AN UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE PARADIGM FOR CONTEMPORARY SPECIAL OPERATIONS  

Detachment 101 of the Office of Strategic Services’ development of unconventional warfare doctrine in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II presents the practitioner of unconventional warfare a worthy model of consideration for our contemporary special operations forces. However, Detachment 101’s approach to unconventional warfare operations does not serve as the approved template from which to dogmatically execute unconventional warfare operations. Detachment 101s approach was tailored ...Read more >

82 Pages
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UNCONVENTIONAL COUNTERINSURGENCY : LEVERAGING TRADITIONAL SOCIAL NETWORKS AND IRREGULAR FORCES IN REMOTE AND UNGOVERNED AREAS  

The Sunni tribal uprising against Al Qaeda in Iraq, known as the Anbar Awakening, was the decisive event in the counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq. To capitalize on discontent between the Sunni population and Al Qaeda, U.S. commanders on the ground in Anbar Province applied more creativity and opportunism than deliberate application of U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine, which at that time did not fully grasp the importance of traditional social networks and irregular forces. The U.S. military is ...Read more >

77 Pages
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THE FUTURE OF AUTONOMOUS GROUND LOGISTICS : CONVOYS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  

The military needs an autonomous ground convoy capability because the speed and complexity of the environment in which it operates has begun to exceed the abilities of its members to operate within it. U.S. Army doctrine requires the logistics forces to be able to provide continuous and uninterrupted distribution of supplies. Human frailty, high volumes of supplies, fast paced and offensive operations all hinder the ground transportation system from being able to keep pace. Operational ...Read more >

102 Pages
873 KB
THE FUTURE OF AUTONOMOUS GROUND LOGISTICS : CONVOYS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  

This monograph explores the American media’s influence on ethical military policy and attempts to understand the complex relationship between the United States’ military, the American media, and U.S. policy makers in the context of a changing society. The purpose is to explore American media’s influence on military ethical policy during wartime. Furthermore, this study aims to demystify media’s role in wartime reporting for the military professional by showing that regardless of media’s ...Read more >

56 Pages
501 KB
US MILITARY STRATEGY IN FOUR DIMENSIONS   

The monograph that follows seeks to analyze the current military strategy of the US. The framework proposed by the renowned military historian Michael Howard assists in this endeavor. The resulting analysis establishes the criteria for an effective military strategy. As defined within the monograph an effective military strategy will present a successful operational strategy, a sustainable logistical strategy, a sufficient technological strategy, and a supportable operational ...Read more >

82 Pages
573 KB
PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION FOR TODAYS US ARMY CAPTINS   

The professional education a captain receives is critical to the foundation of his military career. The Captains’ Career Course affords the opportunity to prepare these officers for the increasing responsibilities and challenges they will face, but most importantly, it is the last branch technical training that most officers will receive. Therefore, this educational experience is critical to the officer’s development and should receive the attention and resources necessary to develop agile and ...Read more >

49 Pages
276 KB
ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF STRATEGIC CULTURE ON CHINESE REGIONAL SECURITY POLICIES IN SOUTH ASIA   

Since its establishment as a state Israel’s geo-political circumstance demands that the small nation state adapt to an ever changing threat environment. Israeli defense policy traditionally consisted of deterrence through a dominant military capable of quickly defeating conventional threats. The emergence of Hezbollah, a non-state actor operating in Lebanon and receiving support from Iran, and its capability to conduct hybrid war changed the way the Israeli Defense Force balanced its ...Read more >

50 Pages
317 KB
NEPALS STRATEGIC FUTURE : FOLLOWING INDIA, OR CHINA OR MIDDLE ROAD  

Nepal, geo-strategically located between India and China, must have appropriate relations with both countries. Prior to 2006, Nepal’s monarch maintained a generally balanced approach in dealing with India and China even though in practice Nepal had a closer relationship with India due to key factors, such as geography, socio-cultural closeness, and reliance on trade and transit through India. However, a great political transition occurred in Nepal during 2007, and since 2008, China has ...Read more >

214 Pages
1.00 MB
BRIDGING THE PLANNING GAP : LINKING CONCEPTUAL ARMY DESIGN TO MILITARY DECISION-MAKING  

After almost a decade of war, some senior Army leaders have attributed the challenges experienced in both Iraq and Afghanistan to an inadequate response to complex environmental changes or even blatant misidentification of the problem. By the metaphor of a bridge, this monograph asserts that the planning gap can be successfully linked. The designer-builders who are the commander, planners, and staff work together to ensure a seamless design and construction. Four essential criteria were used in ...Read more >

74 Pages
1.43 MB
HEARTS AND MINDS : ITS EVOLUTION AND RELEVANCE TO COUNTERINSURGENCY CAMPAIGNS  

At the core of U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine is the concept of “hearts and minds.” Although the concept has significantly deviated from its historical grounding and has become a nebulous concept that is frequently maligned, misunderstood, and misapplied; nonetheless, its original principles remain the cornerstone in current counterinsurgency campaigns. This thesis examined two historical and two contemporary case studies: The British-Malya in Malaya (1950 to 1960), the British-Omani ...Read more >

62 Pages
357 KB
GRAPHICS-ORIENTED BATTLEFIELD TRACKING SYSTEMS : U.S. ARMY AND AIR FORCE INTEROPERABILITY  

In 2004, the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr released a concept for the realignment of field grade officer development. The concept claims to respond to the requirements of the contemporary and future operating environment and attempts to ensure lifelong professional education. The reform acknowledges the growing complexity of joint, interagency, and multinational strategic considerations in the aftermath of the Cold ...Read more >

149 Pages
609 KB
ARMY NO HEROIC BATTLES : LESSONS OF THE SECOND LEBANON WAR  

On July 12, 2006, Israel went to war with Hezbollah in response to the killing and capture of Israeli soldiers along the southern Lebanese border. Believed at the time by many in the West to be an overreaction to a relatively minor border incident resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths in Lebanon, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians on both sides of the border, and the deaths of dozens of Israeli soldiers and civilians. More important to Israeli nation security, the war ...Read more >

110 Pages
658 KB
KILLING OF A KING : THE INCREASING MARGINALIZATION OF THE FIELD ARTILLERY BRANCH IN CURRENT COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS  

This thesis argues that the Field Artillery (FA) branch is being marginalized in today’s counterinsurgency operations. There are several key factors that have led up to this point, those being, loss of core competency within the branch causing a loss in confidence from maneuver commanders, and a lack of a clear strategy for what role the branch will play in the future. The most recent vision of the FA Commandant in the Field Artillery Strategy (2009) addresses some of these issues, but may not ...Read more >

56 Pages
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STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION FOR TACTICAL LEADERS   

Strategic communication is a relatively new and currently evolving concept in the U.S. military, and it is currently not widely understood what role, if any, leaders at the tactical level have in it. In order to determine what role tactical-level leaders have in strategic communication this thesis examines the problem in three sections. First, it examines the concept of strategic communication, hoping to determine potential roles for tactical leaders through defining the concept itself. Next, ...Read more >

89 Pages
417 KB
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