Monday, December 29, 2008

Department of Defense training for operations with interagency, multinational, and coalition partners

By: Michael Spirtas, Jennifer D. P. Moroney, Harry J. Thie, Joe Hogler, Thomas-Durell Young

The nature of recent challenges and the types of missions the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has undertaken highlight the need for DoD to consider ways to help the military prepare to work with other government agencies, international organizations, private and nongovernmental organizations, and foreign militaries. These challenges require DoD to combine military and nonmilitary means, such as intelligence, diplomacy, and developmental assistance, to advance U.S. national-security interests. Moreover, exhibiting cultural awareness and sensitivity vis-à-vis non-DoD partners is paramount to successful operational planning and execution. To build or bolster local governance, to foster economic growth, and to respond to natural disasters, the United States must also use different types of tools, military and otherwise, simultaneously. It is no small task to synchronize these different tools so that they work in tandem, or at least minimize conflict between them. This report provides suggestions for how the U.S. military can help prepare its personnel to work successfully with interagency, multinational, and coalition partners. The authors found that almost all of the requirements for integrated-operations training can be found in existing joint and service task lists. Current training programs aimed at headquarters staffs need to be revamped to focus on high-priority tasks that are amenable to training.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Army Releases new FM 7-0

The US Army has just released the latest version of Field Manual 7-0: Training for Full Spectrum Operations. It is available for download from the Combined Arms Center at ... Click Here Check out the information paper on FM 7-0 "Big differences/new ideas"

From Thermopylae to Iraq: 14 New Military Titles

Looking for a book? Combined Arms Research Library Director Edwin Burgess takes a quick look at fourteen new books in his review article From Thermopylae to Iraq.
Reviewed works include:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Blogger Revolution

Interesting new book, I'm looking forward to reading it.
From the publisher: This searching examination explores how the internet is threatening the rule of particularly repressive governments—including China, Cuba, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Addressing internet censorship, citizen journalism, and the growing popularity of blogging as a means for change, this in-depth analysis provides unique insight into these cultures as well as the latest media technologies.
Antony Loewenstein is a journalist and the author of My Israel Question. His work has appeared in The Australian, The Sun-Herald, and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a board member of Macquarie University's Centre for Middle East and North African Studies.
Find out more about the book at http://www.bloggingrevolution.com/

Monday, December 8, 2008

December 2008 Newsletter

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The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare, by Dr. Stephen Biddle and Mr. Jeffrey Friedman. This monograph seeks to inform the debate about Hezbollah's conduct of its 2006 campaign in southern Lebanon. The authors analyze whether Hezbollah was a nonstate actor employing irregular methods or a nonstate actor waging a state-like conventional war. Their findings shed valuable insights for the future of warfare and the U.S. defense debate. (This monograph was published in September, but we are highlighting it again due to continued interest and relevance). Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development, by Nathan Freier. This PKSOI Paper provides the defense policy team a clear warning against excessive adherence to past defense and national security convention. The author contends that defense-relevant unconventional shocks, despite their nonmilitary character, will demand the focused attention of defense leaders, as well as the decisive employment of defense capabilities in response. He makes a solid case for continued commitment by DoD to prudent strategic hedging against their potential occurrence. Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Principle of War, by Colonel Ian Hope. This Carlisle Paper examines the unprecedented departure from the principle of unity of command in Afghanistan in 2006, when Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan passed control of the ground fight to the International Security Assistance Force, and operations became split between several unified or "supreme" commanders in charge of CENTCOM, NATO, and SOCOM. The author argues for a renewal of understanding of unity of command's importance and recommends that the United States amend the Unified Command Plan to invest one "supreme commander" with responsibility for the current Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Joint Operations Area.
Coming Soon
Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter, edited by Robert Zarate and Henry Sokolski HAMAS and Israel: Conflicting Strategies of Group-Based Politics, by Dr. Sherifa Zuhur Regional Spillover Effects of the Iraq War, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill The Serpent in Our Garden: Al-Qa'ida and the Long War, by Colonel Brian Drinkwine
Monthly Op-Ed
Russia Challenges the Obama Administration, by Dr. Stephen Blank.
Events
The Andes: Tectonic Paradigm Shifts and their Consequences for Democracy and Market-Friendly Development in the Americas December 11, 2008, Washington, DC Trans-National Criminal Organizations in the Americas: Responding to the Growing Threat January 29, 2009, Washington, DC 20th Annual Strategy Conference "Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies" April 14-16, 2009, Carlisle, PA Mark your calendars and look for details and a conference website coming later this month.
News and Updates
Dr. Steven Blank published "Georgia: The War Russia Lost" in the November-December 2008 edition of Military Review. Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, as a nominated member of the NATO Human Factors and Medicine Research Technical Team 140 on "Psychosocial, Organizational and Cultural Aspects of Terrorism," presented her research on violent Islamist groups and the obstacles to deradicalization at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy on November 20-21 to the Team in closed meetings. She then attended the Middle East Studies Association's 2008 annual meeting in Washington, November 22-24, 2008 and the annual editorial meeting of the Middle East Review. On October 23-26, Dr. Echevarria and Dr. Lai attended the Chinese People's Liberation Army Xiangshan Forum in Beijing. The forum was hosted by the China Association for Military Science and was about International Security Cooperation and Asia-Pacific Security. International participants from the United States, the UK, Russia, France, Sweden, Norway, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore along with Chinese think-tank analysts and AMS PLA officers participated in the forum. Dr. Echevarria and Dr. Lai presented their views on military transformation and the Asia-Pacific strategic outlook, respectively. On November 12, Dr. Stephen Blank briefed the Office of Secretary Defense on the Caucasus concerning the situation there after the war in Georgia and then participated in a round-table discussion organized by Under Secretary of Defense Eric Edelman on the topic of Russia in Asia.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tell me how this ends : General David Petraeus and the search for a way out of Iraq

Publisher's Description: After a series of disastrous missteps in its conduct of the war, the White House in 2006 appointed General David Petraeus as the Commanding General of the coalition forces. Tell Me How This Ends is an inside account of his attempt to turn around a failing war. Linda Robinson conducted extensive interviews with Petraeus and his subordinate commanders and spent weeks with key U.S. and Iraqi divisions. The result is the only book that ties together military operations in Iraq and the internecine political drama that is at the heart of the civil war. Replete with dramatic battles, behind-doors confrontations, and astute analysis, the book tells the full story of the Iraq War’s endgame, and lays out the options that will be facing the next president when he or she takes office in January 2009. The CARL has hard copies of this book, click here for details.

Monday, November 3, 2008

November 2008 Newsletter

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Stability Operations and State-Building: Continuities and Contingencies, edited by Colonel Greg Kaufmann, USA-Ret. This report summarizes the results of a colloquium conducted by the Strategic Studies Institute and Austin Peay State University. The colloquium's purpose was to identify principles and supporting policies of state-building that will enhance America's ability to "win the peace" while stabilizing chaotic regions. The participants nominated six principles which they believe are capable of guiding future state-building activities.

Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President's Agenda, edited by Dr. Joseph Cerami, Dr. Robin Dorff, and Ms. Lisa Morman. This colloquium report examines the conditions existing in the contemporary threat environment and how they may shape American security policy for the next presidential administration. Participants highlighted differing notions of national security and the difficulty of aligning and synchronizing competing visions and missions represented by various government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, military services, and Congress.

Slowing Military Change, by Dr. Zhivan Alach. The author of this monograph revises, reexamines, and reevaluates the contemporary military environment. He finds that the environment is a period of relative military stasis, of slow technological development, and of little novelty in broader issues. He concludes that this stasis affords us the time to examine the strategic environment more closely to ensure we truly understand its character.

Events
20th Annual Strategy Conference "Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies"
April 14-16, 2009, Carlisle, PA
Mark your calendars and look for details and a conference website coming in December.

 
Monthly Op-Ed
Living Perilously in a Bubble by Dr. Leonard Wong.

Coming Soon
Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Principle of War, by Colonel Ian Hope

Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development, by Nathan Freier

Regional Spillover Effects of the Iraq War, by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill

Building Partner Capacity/Security Force Assistance: A New Structural Paradigm, by Colonel Scott Wuestner

U.S. Policy toward Peace Operations and Peacekeeping Capacity-building in Africa, by Eric Berman

News and Updates
On October 23-26, Dr. Robin Dorff chaired and presented at a Roundtable on Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Annual Meeting of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. His paper was entitled "Leadership and National Security Reform: Learning from Failed States."

On October 14, Dr. Echevarria gave a lunch address on "Wars of Ideas and the War of Ideas" at the 2008 Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) Seminar Series on Stability Operations, which was hosted at the National Defense University. The seminar was attended by about 200 uniformed military and defense community personnel, and the presentation was well-received.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

After war: the political economy of exporting democracy.

Post-conflict reconstruction is one of the most pressing political issues today. This book uses economics to analyze critically the incentives and constraints faced by various actors involved in reconstruction efforts. Through this analysis, the book will aid in understanding why some reconstructions are more successful than others.

Click here to see this book's location at the Combined Arms Research Library.

Click here for the CATO Institute's Book Forum on this title.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

RAND New Publications: Defense Policy

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After Saddam

After Saddam

Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq

By Nora Bensahel et al.

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An examination of prewar planning efforts for postwar Iraq serves as a starting point to establish what U.S. policymakers expected the postwar situation to look like and what their plans were for reconstruction. How did these expectations conform to the reality on the ground following the end of major combat operations, during the rebuilding efforts of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to rebuild structures of governance, security, economic policy, and essential services? This assessment considers events up to the June 28, 2004, transfer of authority from the CPA to the Interim Iraqi Government, highlighting key challenges to U.S. postwar planning and areas for improvement.

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Dangerous Thresholds

Managing Escalation in the 21st Century

By Forrest E. Morgan et al.

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Escalation is a natural tendency in any form of human competition and is particularly dangerous in contests of deadly force. This examination of escalation dynamics and approaches to escalation management draws on a variety of international historical examples to inform military and political decisionmaking about the mechanisms of deliberate, accidental, and inadvertent escalation.

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Analysis of Strategy and Strategies of Analysis

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By David C. Gompert et al.

In a fluid global security environment, assessing the costs, risks, and likely consequences of alternative national defense strategies is as difficult as it is essential. This examination shows that, even in the face of uncertainty, it is possible to assess the costs and other implications of any strategy by examining the capabilities needed by U.S. combatant commands to fulfill what the strategy expects of them.

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Developing Resource-Informed Strategic Assessments and Recommendations

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By Paul K. Davis et. al

A debate will likely occur in 2009 about U.S. global national-security strategy, this assessment claims, and a methodology is needed to help frame and evaluate resource-informed strategies, addressing both uncertainty and differences of strategic perspective. Contributing to the discussion are three illustrative grand strategies, addressing the major modern problems and long-term strategic considerations.

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Miracle at St. Anna.

Based on the historical incident of an unspeakable massacre at the site of St. Anna Di Stazzema, a small village in Tuscany, and on the experiences of the famed Buffalo soldiers from the 92nd Division in Italy during World War II, Miracle of St. Anna is a singular evocation of war, cruelty, passion, and heroism. It is the story of four American Negro soldiers, a band of partisans, and an Italian boy who encounter a miracle -though perhaps the true miracle lies in themselves.Traversing class, race, and geography, Miracle at St. Anna is above all a hymn to the brotherhood of man and the power to do good that lives in each of us. It reveals to us a little-known but fascinating moment in history through the eyes and imagination of a gifted writer. Like The Color of Water, James McBridersquo;s stunning first novel will change the way we perceive ourselves and our world.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Baghdad at sunrise: a Brigade Commander's war in Iraq.

New from Yale University Press Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq, Peter R. Mansoor. This compelling book presents an unparalleled record of what happened after U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Army Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division—the “Ready First Combat Team”—describes his brigade’s first year in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer after the Ba’athists’ defeat to the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government a year later. Uniquely positioned to observe, record, and assess the events of that fateful year, Mansoor now explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency of unexpected strength and tenacity.
Peter R. Mansoor is the General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, Ohio State University. Many of you may remember him from CAC as the founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October 2008 Newsletter

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The "People" in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's Military, edited by Mr. Roy Kamphausen, Dr. Andrew Scobell, and Mr. Travis Tanner. This volume resulted from the 2007 PLA colloquium, which focused on identifying trends in recruitment, education, training, personnel management, and demographics within the PLA. The critically important dynamics associated with the PLA's attempts to improve the quality of its human capital have not been well-understood, therefore this book significantly contributes to our comprehension of the PLA's professionalization. The 2006 Lebanon Campaign and the Future of Warfare, by Dr. Stephen Biddle and Mr. Jeffrey Friedman. This monograph seeks to inform the debate about Hezbollah's conduct of its 2006 campaign in southern Lebanon. The authors analyze whether Hezbollah was a nonstate actor employing irregular methods or a nonstate actor waging a state-like conventional war. Their findings shed valuable insights for the future of warfare and the U.S. defense debate.
Coming Soon
Stability Operations and State Building: Continuities and Contingencies, edited by Colonel Greg Kaufmann, USA-Ret. Leadership and National Security Reform: The Next President's Agenda, edited by Dr. Joseph Cerami, Dr. Robin Dorff, and Ms. Lisa Morman. Slowing Military Change, by Dr. Zhivan Alach Building Partner Capacity/Security Force Assistance: A New Structural Paradigm, by Colonel Scott Wuestner U.S. Policy toward Peace Operations and Peacekeeping Capacity-building in Africa, by Mr. Eric Berman
Publishing Opportunities
Our External Research Associate's Program (ERAP) accepted 12 proposals for research monographs this fiscal year; each of the monographs will address key strategic issues facing the US Army and the Department of Defense. The ERAP is run on an annual basis. Researchers interested in submitting proposals for fiscal year 2009 should check our website periodically, or subscribe to our newsletter, for information concerning the dates during which proposals will be accepted.
Monthly Op-Ed
Dueling Natures by Dr. Antulio Echevarria.
Events
20th Annual Strategy Conference "Strategic Implications of Current and Emerging Technologies" April 14-16, 2009, Carlisle, PA Mark your calendars and look for details and a conference website coming in December. The proceedings from the "Wars Without Borders" colloquium are available on the Queen's University website. The conference took place from June 17-19, 2008 and was a collaboration of the U.S. Army War College, the Canadian Forces Land Force Doctrine and Training System, Queen's University's Centre for International Relations, and the Defence Management Studies at Queen's School of Policy Studies.
News and Updates
Dr. Blank published, "The Putin Succession and Its Implications for Russian Politics" in Post-Soviet Affairs, "The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Georgian Crisis" in China Brief, "Russia and Central Asia: Part of the New Great Game" in Harsh V. Pant, ed., Indian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World, and "Russia and the Black Sea's Frozen Conflicts In Strategic Perspective" in Mediterranean Quarterly. Dr. Blank gave a talk entitled "Missile Defenses in Eastern Europe: Who Threatens Whom?" at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. From September 16-18, Dr. Robin Dorff participated in the 2008 Military History Symposium "The U.S. Army and the Interagency Process: Historical Perspectives," held at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS and sponsored by the Combat Studies Institute. There he presented a paper, "21st Century Security Challenges and the Interagency Process: Historical Lessons about Integrating Instruments of National Power." From September 18-20, Dr. Douglas Johnson participated in a conference in Verdun, France, commemorating the 90th Anniversary of "The Americans in France, 1017-1918." He presented: "Training the American Army for World War I in France, 1917-1918." All participants were recognized World War I scholars. Dr. Dallas Owens participated in NORTHCOM's DoD Homeland Defense and Civil Support Joint Operating Concept Limited Objective Experiment Four at Carlisle Barracks, PA on September 23-24. This experiment was the fourth in a series with the purpose of determining how the future Total Force may improve unity of effort in planning, resourcing, and executing Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions. Dr. Antulio Echevarria presented a keynote address on "Clausewitz and the Nature of War" to the Royal Swedish Academy for Military Science in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 23.
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Monday, September 29, 2008

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After the War

After the War:

Nation-Building From FDR to George W. Bush

By James Dobbins et al.

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This book examines how the United States has gained considerable experience in nation-building operations through its participation in at least eight significant operations since World War II—in Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

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Green Warriors: Army Environmental Considerations for Contingency Operations from Planning Through Post-Conflict

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By David E. Mosher et al.

This monograph assesses whether Army policy, doctrine, and guidance adequately address environmental activities in post-conflict phases of contingencies. A review of policy, doctrine, operational experience, and documentation, as well as interviews with Army personnel, indicates that environmental concerns can have significant impacts. Recommendations are made for improving the Army's approach to environmental issues in contingency operations.

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Improving the Cost Estimation of Space Systems

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By Obaid Younossi

Why have the costs of acquiring space systems been so high? What are the sources of the problems? To answer these questions, RAND researchers examined the sources of cost growth of Air Force space systems and undertook an extensive study of two space systems — the Space Based Infrared System-High (SBIRS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) — including an evaluation of their sources of cost growth, an assessment of their approaches to technical risk assessment, and an examination of their acquisition policy adaptations and industrial base environments.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

New Bestseller at CARL - Boots on the ground by dusk

Check CARL Holdings: Boots on the ground by dusk : my tribute to Pat Tillman

About this book: "On April 22, 2004, Lieutenant David Uthlaut received orders from Khost, Afghanistan, that his platoon was to leave the town of Magarah and "have boots on the ground before dark" in Mariah, a small village on the border of Pakistan. It was an order the young lieutenant protested vehemently, but the commanders at the Tactical Command Center disregarded his objections. Uthlaut split his platoon into two serials, with Serial One traveling northwest to Manah and Serial Two towing a broken Humvee north toward the Khost highway. By nightfall, Uthlaut and his radio operator were seriously wounded, and an Afghan militia soldier and a U.S. soldier were dead. The American soldier was Pat Tillman."

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