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PROGNOSTICATION : DO THE SERVICES SEE THE SAME FUTURE OF WARFARE?  

Are the US Air Force and US Army envisioning, and thus preparing for, the same future of warfare? This paper analyzes this question through examination of the common canon of military theory shared by the services, leadership statements, funding decisions, and service doctrines. The conclusion of this examination is the recognition that the services do not share a common vision of the future and, consequently, are preparing for different types of warfare. Each service views a different portion ...Read more >

51 Pages
781 KB
TRAINING BALANCE : FULL SPECTRUM OPERATIONS FOR 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES  

The purpose of this monograph is to evaluate training balance in the United States Army at the brigade combat team level in order to determine if our current training strategy is properly balanced. The work began by examining the National Security Strategy and supporting primary source documents to determine if the Army’s training strategy was adequately preparing it for all of the potential requirements. Second this study examined the doctrine of full spectrum operations in order to fully ...Read more >

51 Pages
989 KB
STRATEGIC LEADER DEVELOPMENT FOR A 21ST CENTURY ARMY   

As the nature of warfare evolves, the Army must produce leaders who comfortably interact with diverse populations and embrace complexity. This emerging truth dictates a need for change in how Army officers are trained and selected to lead at the highest levels in order to regain the initiative in managing today’s fluid operational environment. The concept of strategic leadership, therefore, must be examined closely in Army doctrine. Social, cultural, and complex problem-solving skills are ...Read more >

59 Pages
2.29 MB
THEORY TO STRATEGY : WAR INSIGHT FOR THE STRATEGIC SOLDIER  

Improvements in technology worldwide have amplified the impact strategic lieutenants and strategic corporals have on strategic matters. These Strategic Soldiers and their respective leaders must not only be aware of their potential influence in a war environment, they must learn how to harness this ability in support of their nation’s war strategy. For this reason, investing in war theory and strategy education for potential Strategic Soldiers is imperative for a 21st century ...Read more >

55 Pages
1.14 MB
ARMY DIGITAL SYSTEMS COMPLEXITY   

This monograph examines the complexity of the Army’s current digital systems. Currently the Army has an ever growing number of digital systems. These digital systems are supposedly designed to increase our Soldiers’ efficiency and ability to command and control in a complex combat environment. The opposite can be argued in this paper. Designing a method for establishing the needed changes in the digital systems architecture for the Army is complex. The requirements articulated by the Army and ...Read more >

48 Pages
775 KB
OFFICER DEVELOPMENT : A CONTEMPORARY ROADMAP  

Army senior leaders suggest that to face the challenges of the Contemporary Operating Environment, the US Army requires a new type of officer. This multi-skilled leader, dubbed the ‘pentathlete’, will meet the challenges of the modern battlefield as a function of his maturity, experience, education, and formal training. US Army officers today, however, face a career path marked by “up or out” promotions, short tours leading and commanding soldiers, and few opportunities to seek advanced degrees ...Read more >

57 Pages
1.08 MB
RED TEAMING : PAST AND PRESENT  

Red teaming is a relatively new buzzword, but there is no common definition of its meaning. It can mean role-playing the adversary, conducting a vulnerability assessment, or using analytical techniques to improve intelligence estimates. While these definitions seem unrelated, they have in common the goal of improving decision making. This commonality forms the basis of the army’s understanding of red teaming. Key aspects of the army red teaming definition are its emphasis on independent ...Read more >

89 Pages
1.06 MB
RESURRECTING LIMITED WAR THEORY   

Limited war and its emphasis on the deliberate limitation of the objectives sought in a conflict differs sharply with its counterpart total war, which demands unlimited objectives. The distinction between these two forms of war can be traced through notable military theorists throughout history, including Carl von Clausewitz and Sir Julian Corbett. The thread common among all the theorists is the understanding that it is the limitation of the objectives, or ends, rather than the limitation of ...Read more >

47 Pages
741 KB
THE ARMY AND TEAM LEARNING   

Peter Senge introduces the subject of team learning in The Fifth Discipline as one of the necessary disciplines that a group must foster if it is to become a learning organization. Measuring team learning is a means for an organization to assess the extent to which junior leaders meaningfully contribute to the growth of the organization as a whole, because they believe that their contributions are valued by the organization. An understanding and appreciation of team learning has particular ...Read more >

111 Pages
2.20 MB
AN IMPROVED RECTENNA FOR WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION FOR UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES   

This thesis continues an NPS project related to wireless power transmission for micro air vehicles (MAVs). The conversion of radio-frequency (rf) power into usable direct-current (dc) power is performed by a rectifying antenna, or rectenna. The emphasis of this thesis is the simulation and experimental study of various rectenna designs to determine which best provides high efficiency, stable output power, and lightweight ...Read more >

95 Pages
3.13 MB
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE OPERATIONS : HAITI EARTHQUAKE IN JANUARY 2010 AND PAKISTANS FLOOD IN 2010  

This study explores HA/DR operations and the associated response of the international community during the recent earthquake in Haiti and flood in Pakistan in 2010. A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.0 hit Haiti on January 12, causing great damage and mass casualties. The international community responded swiftly and took over relief efforts in the country saving a lot of lives. Handsome donations were also given and ...Read more >

171 Pages
3.66 MB
IS PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION PREPARING BCT COMMANDERS FOR COMMAND IN THE 21ST CENTURY?  

The Army of the 21st century has experienced a change in the nature of war with the asymmetric global war on terrorism. No longer is the Army facing the conventional armies of the past but is now facing an asymmetrical force which is causing the Army to change the tactical organizations and the way they fight. The Army is undergoing a major transformation process using modularization to Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) as the major maneuver element. The BCT enabled and organized with all of the ...Read more >

49 Pages
1.31 MB
MEDIA-ENABLED INSURGENCY AS A REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS   

The enemy in Iraq has been able to use small, tactically insignificant attacks, amplified by the media, to erode the will of the American people to prosecute the war in Iraq. This monograph uses the model for a revolution in military affairs proposed by Williamson Murray and MacGregor Knox to examine this new enemy capability and try to understand why it is so effective. This monograph also draws on historical examples of the components of this capability in order to find potential weaknesses ...Read more >

73 Pages
912 KB
FROM THE KNOWLEDGE OF UNDERSTANDING TO MILITARY DECEPTION  

Military deception is as old as war itself and it adheres to a logical process. This monograph explores how an increased understanding of pattern recognition as part of human decision-making can enhance the effectiveness of military deception operations. Before one can exercise the art of military deception, one must understand the science of it. One can find the science of military deception in the way that people make decisions. Therefore, we first have to investigate how humans make ...Read more >

61 Pages
964 KB
JOINT OPERATIONAL ACCESS CONCEPT (JOAC)  

This paper proposes a concept for how joint forces will achieve operational access in the face of armed opposition by a variety of potential enemies and under a variety of conditions, as part of a broader national approach. Operational access is the ability to project military force into an operational area with sufficient freedom of action to accomplish the mission. Operational access does not exist for its own sake, but rather serves our broader strategic goals, whether to ensure access to ...Read more >

75 Pages
1.54 MB
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