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INFORMATION OPERATIONS : THE MILITARYS ROLE IN GAINING INFORMATION SUPERIORITY  

The intent of this project is to provide a consolidated look at IO in its current state, present some thoughts and recommendations from an IO practitioner regarding IO and the other capabilities that effect the information environment and address some of the points of confusion regarding IO within the ...Read more >

42 Pages
501.95 KB
MILITARY AND THE MEDIA WHATS NEXT AFTER EMBEDDING  

This paper will explore past battlefield relationships between military commanders and journalists, assess the embedded media strategy during Operation Iraqi Freedom I major combat operations and identify a framework to assess embedding as a military-media strategy during future military ...Read more >

36 Pages
277.69 KB
THE MULTI DISCIPLINARY COMMAND TEAM IN COUNTER INSURGENCY OPERATIONS  

This paper researches the skills, competencies and behavior that are needed to function within an MDCT in a Counter Insurgency environment. In the Leadership Primer, 3rd edition, The United States Army War College (USAWC) defines skills, competencies and behavior for strategic military ...Read more >

36 Pages
890.55 KB
NEW TRAINING COMPETENCIES FOR TODAYS JUNIOR LEADER  

To effectively communicate and operate in the VUCA environment, the junior leader must have the language proficiency and acumen for the culture where Army units will operate. Time for training these additional competencies is not available during ROTC and branch OBC instruction. The Army must identify and better utilize all of the opportunities and periods of time when junior leaders can conduct these additional training ...Read more >

30 Pages
341.54 KB
WHY GREAT POWERS RISE AND FALL : HISTORY LESSONS FOR THE UNITED STATES  

History contains many examples of nations that rise to the top of global power only to fall again. Some of the most comprehensive research shows that this rise and fall is closely linked to changes in relative economic strength and the military power this economic strength enables. Nations that reach global supremacy have economies that were built upon years and years of positive forces, all cumulatively pushing to a crescendo that is powerful and ...Read more >

32 Pages
305.69 KB
TRANSFORMING AN ARMY AT WAR TO AN ARMY PREPARING FOR WAR  

The purpose of this paper is to conduct a limited environmental scan in order to identify trends within the Army's future threat environment. From that point, utilizing lessons learned from historical examples and current guidance, conduct an analysis of what actions will be required to prepare the force to fight and win against future threats to the nations ...Read more >

28 Pages
552.60 KB
WHY GREAT POWERS INVADED AND FAILED IN AFGHANISTAN  

Afghanistan is a country which has been keeping the attention of the international community for more than three decades. In its most recent history, two great powers have tried to invade this country. The Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR) failed and the United States is trying to avoid the same ...Read more >

34 Pages
1.05 MB
TRAINING AND EDUCATION OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY GRADE OFFICERS  

In addition to its traditional combative role, over the past decade, America has called the Army to execute a number of non traditional missions that range from the support of civil authorities at home to nation building abroad. Beyond the emergence of money as a new weapon system, the Army expanded mission shows a need to have a trained, educated and ready force able to deal with complexity, ambiguity and ...Read more >

34 Pages
576.21 KB
TRAINING AMERICA STRATEGIC CORPORALS  

This article proposes that U.S. Joint Forces Command develop, manage and sustain a use of deadly force instructor certification program that would ensure joint standards for master trainers from the diverse services on well defined yet routinely ignored universal truths concerning not only the law, but also the tactical realities surrounding deadly force encounters. Americas Strategic Corporals trained to the right legal and tactical standard will more likely win and survive in todays deadly ...Read more >

33 Pages
288.68 KB
THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE NATURE OF CONFLICT AND A COMMANDERS STRATEGY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA  

Social media is a phenomenon that has changed the way information is passed across societies and around the world. The rapid spread of blogs, social networking sites, media sharing technology and wikis, aided by the rapid spread of mobile technology, is changing the nature of social and political discourse and therefore is changing the conditions in which the US Military operates. The speed with which information can be shared using social media has increased dramatically. The traditional roles ...Read more >

58 Pages
730.54 KB
THE TORTURE MEMOS : A FAILURE OF STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP  

the development of interrogation policy, beginning with initial determinations concerning the application of the Geneva Conventions, continuing through several Department of Justice opinions collectively known as the torture memos and the influence of those memos on policy formulation. The memos are reviewed in light of professional standards for attorneys and applicable international treaties, customary rules for prisoner treatment and constitutional provisions relating to presidential ...Read more >

37 Pages
319.95 KB
PROACTIVE SELF DEFENSE IN CYBERSPACE  

This paper will discuss the strategic requirements for enacting a proactive self defense mechanism in cyberspace. It starts by providing a background on the cyber issues, vulnerabilities and threats that face us today. Then it discusses the future cyber threats and how a proactive cyber defense will combat these threats. Supporting technologies like modeling and simulation and the Disruption Tolerant Network (DTN) are addressed as well. The paper then concludes with strategic ...Read more >

35 Pages
285.05 KB
THE ARMY STRATEGIC FAILURE TO TRAIN ITS STAFFS ON DESIGN  

This discussion is based on firsthand experience and peer accounts of our struggle to train staffs on design while simultaneously conducted combat operations. The paper reviews the Army’s current school curriculums to determine whether they are now adjusting to fix this strategic void. The Army must establish a creditable training program to train its commanders, who are responsible for leading their staffs and training their staff officers, who themselves have the burden of building and ...Read more >

25 Pages
286.02 KB
POLICIES GOVERNING MILITARY FOOD SERVICE CONTRACTS EFFECT SOLDIER READINESS  

Policies providing food service contracts within Iraq and Afghanistan and other combat areas allow for the utilization of food service personnel in non field feeding duties. These contracts employ a variety of personnel to perform key tasks from ordering, preparation to serving. Aiding these contracts are food products provided by industry which potentially use less or inexperienced personnel for ...Read more >

32 Pages
809.62 KB
TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN RECONSTRUCTION AND STABILIZATION : THE CRITICAL LINK  

To prevent future terrorist attacks, such as those which occurred on 9/11, the United States must be prepared to assist failed states in reconstruction and stabilization. Since the end of the cold ...Read more >

32 Pages
277.49 KB
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