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THE LOGIC OF WARFIGHTING EXPERIMENTS RICHARD A  

Military transformation is about change. Transformation decisions rest on the proposition that developing better military capabilities will produce or cause better military effects. Experimentation is uniquely suited to support transformation decisions. Experimentation involves changing something and observing the effects so that we can reach conclusions about cause and effect. Experimentation is the preferred scientific method for determining causality. Experimentation has proven itself in ...Read more >

219 Pages
2.48 MB
GENERALSHIP ITS DISEASES AND THEIR CURE ***  

War with impersonnal leadership is a brutal soul-destroying business, provocative only of class animosity and bad workmanship. our senior officers must get back to sharing danger and sacrifice with their men, however exalted their rank, just as sailors have to do. That used to be the British way, but, unfortunately, there was a grievous lapse from it in the late ...Read more >

102 Pages
6.62
HUMINT- CENTRIC OPERATIONS DEVELOPING ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE IN THE URBAN COUNTERINSURGENCY ENVIRONMENT   

A few weeks after assuming command of the 2d Brigade Combat Team (2BCT), 1st Armored Division, I found myself sitting in a tactical command center in downtown Baghdad conducting a brigade cordonand- search. The reports flooding in from my battalion commanders were virtually all the same: STRIKER 6, this is REGULAR 6. Objectives 27, 28, 29 secure and cleared. Nothing significant to report. Over. We spent nearly ten hours searching for insurgents and weapons in hundreds of dwellings throughout ...Read more >

10 Pages
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JOINT CLOSE AIR SUPPORT IN THE LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT  

During the Gulf War, millions of people around the globe, courtesy of CNN, witnessed the seemingly massive use of precision-guided weapons against Iraqi targets in the largest air campaign since World War II. Most of the missions were flown against Iraqi targets with no friendly forces on the ground. This type of air campaign is known as Deep Air Support, or ‘DAS’. Equally as important, but receiving less spectacular news coverage, is Close Air support, or ‘CAS’. When conducting CAS missions, ...Read more >

81 Pages
693 KB
SECOND IN A SERIES IRAQ AND VIETNAM  

The Vietnam War left deep scars on America’s national psyche, its political leaders, and, most of all, its military. In the three decades since the end of US military involvement in that war, no conflict has been referred to more often than Vietnam, either in the United States or by its enemies. Americans and their military fear being tied down in another quagmire, where victory is elusive and the light at the end of the tunnel appears distant, if not receding. America’s enemies see another ...Read more >

14 Pages
588 KB
INSURGENCY AND COUNTERINSURGENCY IN THE 21ST CENTURY : RECONCEPTUALIZING THREAT AND RESPONSE  

Insurgency has existed throughout history but ebbed and flowed in strategic significance. Today the world has entered another period when insurgency is common and strategically significant. This is likely to continue for at least a decade, perhaps longer. As the United States confronts this threat, extrapolating old ideas, strategies, doctrine, and operational concepts is a recipe for ineffectiveness. Reconceptualization is needed. The strategic salience of insurgency for the United States is ...Read more >

51 Pages
800 KB
LEFT EXTREMISM IN INDIA NAXAL MOVEMENT IN CHATTISGARH & ORISSA  

One of the striking features of the Naxal movement is that right from its inception it has remained a point of attention for academicians, journalists and, of course, politicians. However, for some reason or the other, contemporary research on Naxalism has so far been focused on West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and, to some extent, Bihar, at the expense of other areas where the movement also has a strong presence. However, as Naxalism or the Naxal movement is a complex problem, it is necessary to ...Read more >

14 Pages
524 KB
INFORMATION ASSURANCE TRENDS IN VULNERABILITIES, THREATS AND TECHNOLOGIES  

One of the missions of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at National Defense University is to study the transformation of America’s military and to explore the consequences of the information revolution. To further this mission, National Defense University, in collaboration with The Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs, brought together leaders in the fields of military and commercial technology. The ...Read more >

154 Pages
1.97 MB
FIGHT ON ALL FRONTS : HIZBALLAH, THE WAR ON TERROR AND THE WAR IN IRAQ  

Hizballah is an odd religious and political movement: it was born of terrorism in the 1980s, developed guerrilla warfare capabilities in the 1990s, and, by the beginning of the new millennium, had matured into an important Middle East strategic player, capable of influencing the course of peace and war in the region. At the organizational level, Hizballah has evolved significantly, from a loose, mysterious umbrella group under the guidance of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran to a well-knit, ...Read more >

65 Pages
1.26 MB
MASTER OF MILITARY STUDIES TITLE : THE EXIT STRATEGY MYTH AND THE END STATE REALITY  

While the term exit strategy has become synonymous with questions about U.S. military deployments, U.S. officials have failed to apply the more important concept of end state as successfully as possible. Military end states, as necessary elements of military planning and conduct, can help refine strategic and diplomatic end states that sometimes become clouded by changes in ...Read more >

68 Pages
631 KB
DEFENCE THE REVOLUTION IN WAR  

A revolution in war has been underway since the late 1970s.1 Although its future path is yet to be determined, we are likely only in the early phase of this revolutionary change. Subsequent change could be even more discontinuous and profound, with potentially serious consequences for the currently dominant position of the United States.2 This monograph examines the fundamental changes in the conduct of warfare that have occurred over the past three decades, and provides a framework for ...Read more >

227 Pages
1.44 MB
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND UNINHABITED COMBAT   

Lessons from recent combat experiences inkosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq have shown that. UAVs can provide vastly improved acquisition and more rapid dissemination of intelligence, surveillance and Reconnaissance(ISR) data. They are one of the principal contributors to successful outcomes for the United States, in these campaigns. The benefits and promise offered by UAVs in surveillance, targetting and attack, have captured the attention of senior military and civilian officials in the defense ...Read more >

80 Pages
838 KB
FORGING THE SWORD : UNIT-MANNING IN THE US ARMY  

The Army’s plan for Unit-Focused Stabilization organizing soldiers into combat units that would remain intact for about three years at a time will implement an approach to personnel management that has been ardently promoted for decades both by some of the Service’s most distinguished general officers and by some of its most prominent internal critics. This approach, which is generally referred to as unit manning, marks a sharp departure from the Army’s practice during most of the 20th century. ...Read more >

101 Pages
1.01 MB
FUTURE WARFARE 20XX WARGAME SERIES : LESSONS LEARNED REPORT  

The 20XX wargame series is premised upon a future security environment in which the key technological and strategic trends associated with an ongoing Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) have been fully played out. The 20XX wargame scenario posits multidimensional, asymmetric, advanced RMA conflicts between the United States and its allies and a large peer competitor (LPC) and its allies. The LPC (modeled on a rising China) is an autocracy with a robust economy, sophisticated technology base, ...Read more >

76 Pages
1.07 MB
THE MILITARY-TECHNICAL REVOLUTION : A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT  

Over the next several decades, the systems and operations characteristic of present-day military establishments will probably be superseded by new, far more capable means and methods of warfare. This "military-technical revolution" (MTR) is the subject of this assessment. It is not clear how quickly this change will come about, particularly since the level of competition that spurred military innovation during the Cold War appears unlikely to recur, at least in the near future. Nonetheless, our ...Read more >

65 Pages
746 KB
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