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WHY THE WEAK WIN WARS : A STUDY OF THE FACTORS THAT DRIVE STRATEGY IN ASYMMETRIC CONFLICT  

This thesis builds on the research and ideas of the school of thought that believes strategy is the most important factor in predicting war outcomes. One shortcoming of that school is the inability to explain why strong actors would implement a strategy that does not provide the highest probability of ...Read more >

97 Pages
389.76 KB
TALIBAN INFORMATION STRATEGY : HOW ARE THE TALIBAN DIRECTING THEIR INFORMATION STRATEGY TOWARDS THE POPULATION OF AFGHANISTAN  

This thesis is to understand the core components of the Afghan Taliban information strategy, which they treat as their main effort in their struggle to regain power. The Taliban use cultural metaphors from multiple sources such as Islam, pushtunwali and Afghanistans history to frame their right of religious and political ...Read more >

77 Pages
328.56 KB
THE BATTLE COMMAND SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM : THE ARMYS COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR LOGISTICS  

Army commanders on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan lead their forces using a computer enhanced communications network allowing them to stay connected with dispersed elements and maintain a high level of situation awareness (SA) of their subordinate’s ...Read more >

60 Pages
872.01 KB
STRATEGIC BLACK OFFICER CAPITAL INVESTMENT : INCREASING COMPETITIVENESS FOR GENERAL OFFICER  

This research paper will examine successful programs focused on underrepresented populations which enabled the Army to recruit and subsequently access more talented, college-bound African ...Read more >

54 Pages
876.68 KB
INNOVATION VERSUS ADAPTABILITY : SEIZING THE INITIATIVE THROUGH CREATIVE THINKING VERSUS REACTING TO THE ENEMY  

The Army must produce leaders who have the skill and imagination to generate new ideas; that are innovative and generate change based on critical and creative thinking. These leaders must be capable of looking at problems in a different context and reconceptualizing the variables associated with complex-adaptive ...Read more >

55 Pages
306.89 KB
HOW BEST TO ORGANIZE AND OPTIMIZE THE ANALYTICAL EFFORT WITHIN THE US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITYD  

This paper presents a series of recommendations on how best to organize and optimize the intelligence analysis effort to ensure the USIC remains competitive and relevant for years to come. Accelerated and pervasive technology changes, its effects on organizations and people and the necessity to adapt and adopt new ways given this new technology landscape demand nothing short of a cultural transformation within the USIC. It is a transformation many private sector businesses have already ...Read more >

48 Pages
615.99 KB
HOW THE ARMY RESISTS CHANGE  

In this paper, the author attempts to explain the Army resistance to change from a new perspective one that identifies organizational hypocrisy as an anti catalyst to change in the Army. This monograph recommends that the Army strategic leaders adopt a more critical, measured posture on change in the ...Read more >

39 Pages
464.15 KB
IMPEDING NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE : COMBATANT COMMAND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT  

Network centric warfare is the method used by the United States combatant commands to wage war. Information technology is a fundamental enabler of network centric warfare. The ten combatant commands use different methods to provide desktop information technology support to their staffs. The result is different sets of applications, capabilities and business processes that impede collateral information sharing between commands, Services and the Department of Defense. Unimpeded information ...Read more >

33 Pages
363.36 KB
TRANSFORMING THE SELF DEVELOPMENT DOMAIN FOR A 21ST CENTURY ARMY  

This paper examines our current leader development doctrine and makes recommendations on how to improve the self-development learning domain to meet the demands of the future. We can accomplish this aim by applying appropriate leadership that is, purpose, direction and motivation in the self development domain by enacting the recommendations outlined in this ...Read more >

27 Pages
289.06 KB
WOMEN IN COMBAT : A POLICY PARADOX FOR COMMANDERS  

Reports from the battlefields describe an enemy who is not easily distinguishable from the civilian population and who fights and kills without discrimination. The combat exclusion policy does not meet the needs of the nation and the combatant commanders. Given current significant resource constraints and unprecedented pressure on the military, now is exactly the time to notify Congress that DoD plans to rescind the combat exclusion ...Read more >

33 Pages
343.66 KB
IMPROVING SENIOR LEADER DECISION MAKING IN A COMPLEX, UNCERTAIN WORLD  

This paper explores the risk management process to better characterize operational risk and enable decision makers to better evaluate decisions impact and effectiveness. Intuitive decision making, although somewhat contrary to Army culture, occurs frequently, based mostly on the decision makers ...Read more >

31 Pages
474.63 KB
U.S. CYBER COMMAND SUPPORT TO GEOGRAPHIC COMBATANT COMMANDS  

This paper recommends the creation of a Joint Cyber Functional Component Command as part of the GCC structure to integrate cyberspace operations into their contingency plans and to enable response to cyberspace incidents within their area of ...Read more >

30 Pages
509.36 KB
TRANSFORMING ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE : REINVIGORATING THE WARRIOR SPIRIT  

This strategic research project will examine how the United States Army reinvigorated the warrior ethos mindset into its institution by using embedding and reinforcing mechanisms. A model by Edgar H. Schein, the author of Organizational Culture and Leadership, will be the principal tool used to examine how the Army changed its culture by placing emphasis on and redefining the expectations of a soldier as it relates to the warrior ethos. This application demonstrates the potential value of ...Read more >

36 Pages
293.48 KB
LEADING A CULTURE OF FITNESS  

Airplanes require proper fuel and maintenance so do Airmen. Lack of physical fitness in the military has profound strategic implications for a nation at war. Poor fitness carries with it significant repercussions while even moderate fitness yields considerable ...Read more >

36 Pages
583.89 KB
LESSONS LEARNED FROM RAPID ACQUISITION : BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER  

This paper examines the impacts of wartime acquisition initiatives on the acquisition system. In particular, it focuses on the systems and processes developed and utilized during the past nine years to rapidly acquire and field systems for the operational force, contrasting these processes with those of traditional ...Read more >

34 Pages
661.68 KB
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