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SPACE AND AIRBORNE COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE FORCE  

This paper will discuss options for providing wide area communications support to the force of the future. The topic at hand first, is to provide some context for vertical communications support and second, to show some of is the more interesting ...Read more >

32 Pages
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FROM FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE TO HYBRID WAR  

In the late 1980s, Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW) theorists began to recognize a shift in warfare which they assumed was both in the character and nature of war. Their ideas and publications triggered a captivating dialogue on how warfare was changing. This debate helped prompt the U.S. military to recognize the change and begin its ...Read more >

44 Pages
307.57 KB
ARMY AVIATION FORCE STRUCTURE IN SUPPORT OF COUNTER INSURGENCY OPERATIONS  

Army Aviation, specifically rotary wing and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are extremely effective in the counter insurgency (COIN) environment. Army Aviation serves as a combat multiplier by providing intelligence, precision fires, mobility to the force and a presence over the battlefield. The correct organizational template of personnel, airframes and maintenance within the combat Aviation Brigades is essential to our continued success in the COIN environment. This essay describes the ...Read more >

27 Pages
295.84 KB
BUILDING WINNING TEAMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY OPERATING ENVIRONMENT  

The Army has recognized the requirement to modify its leadership education and training process to meet the challenges of the 21st century operating environment. Currently, leader development doctrine is focused on describing skills, attributes and competencies of effective leaders. I argue that we need to focus on the leadership process of developing and employing winning teams as the foundation for education and ...Read more >

32 Pages
555.17 KB
US AND PAKISTAN RELATIONS : AN APPRAISAL OF THE AFGHANISTAN PAKISTAN STRATEGY TO COUNTER TERRORISM  

The history of US and Pakistan (US-Pak) relations has alternated between cooperation and dissonance. For the last decade terrorism has brought the countries together despite other divergent interests. Combating terrorism has become a vital national interest for both countries and the proximity of combat operations requires close cooperation and ...Read more >

40 Pages
560.74 KB
THE GENERALS REVOLT AND CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS  

The Generals Revolt resulted from a crisis in civil military relations precipitated by a Secretary of Defense who discounted the experience and knowledge of key strategic leaders and refused to accept or even listen to divergent ...Read more >

33 Pages
288.27 KB
THE FUTURE OF THE FIELD ARTILLERY  

This study will identify how long it would take to: restore FA core competencies in support of Major Combat Operations (MCOs) how the branch could best be balanced in order to support current operations as well as prepare for future ...Read more >

31 Pages
315.82 KB
OBSERVATIONS FOR PRACTITIONERS : COUNTERINSURGENCY AS A COMPLEX OPERATION  

The primary consideration in counterinsurgency (COIN) is providing security and support to the local population, who are the center of gravity (COG). Achieving this, however, is significantly more difficult than recognizing the ...Read more >

68 Pages
896.63 KB
DARK NETWORKS  

The world today operates in a state of persistent conflict on a sliding scale. The conflicts in question are not traditionally military in nature and often involve non-state actors. This provides problems for the nation-state due to the historical methods for dealing with conflicts. In order to manage these conflicts, nation-states and global organization will have to develop mechanisms to deal with dark networks. These are networks made up of illicit traffickers, organized crime, urban gangs, ...Read more >

29 Pages
416.04 KB
COUNTERING AL QAEDA, HEZBOLLAH AND THEIR IDEOLOGIES  

While all warfare is an expression of politics, none is more pervasively so than irregular conflict. The irregular side, most probably employing a mixture of guerilla tactics and terrorism, will seek favorable political effect from several courses of ...Read more >

47 Pages
192.42 KB
DEVELOPING FUTURE MILITARY LEADERS : POTENTIAL PREDICTORS FOR STRATEGIC SUCCESS  

To be successful, a strategic leader must exhibit a wide spectrum of competencies based on training, experience and education. Recently, multiple strategic leaders have not survived their strategic leadership tours. In the past three years, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has accepted the resignation of three, four star generals and one four star flag officer, three of which were assigned to Central Command (CENTCOM) when they resigned; a testament to the inherently diverse campaigns being ...Read more >

36 Pages
588.94 KB
DEFINING AND DETERRING CYBER WAR  

Since the advent of the Internet in the 1990s, not all users have acted in cyberspace for peaceful purposes. In fact, the threat and impact of attack in and through cyberspace has continuously grown to the extent that cyberspace has emerged as a setting for war on par with land, sea, air and space, with increasing potential to damage the national security of states, as illustrated by attacks on Estonia and ...Read more >

40 Pages
311.85 KB
EVOLVING ARMY LEADER TRAINING : ADAPTING FOR GWOT EXPERIENCED JUNIOR LEADERS  

This project studies the generational differences in Army leaders and the structure that both influences and develops todays leader training ...Read more >

36 Pages
295.31 KB
DEFINING OUR NATIONAL CYBERSPACE BOUNDARIES  

In February 2009, the Obama Administration commissioned a 60 day review of the United States cyber security. A near term action recommended by the 60 day review was to prepare an updated national strategy to secure information and communications infrastructure. In order to accomplish this recommended near term action, the United States must first develop a policy that defines our international cyberspace ...Read more >

31 Pages
308.10 KB
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