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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Center for Strategic Studies: Featured new pubs

Below are several recently featured publications by the Center of Strategic Studies, US Army War College including two top research papers in the USAWC Research Competition 1) Iraq: The Lessons of a Hard Place and 2) "Making Riflemen From MUD": Restoring The Army's Culture Of Irregular Warfare.

Collins Center Update Vol 9 Iss 4 (Fall 07)
  • Published:October 2007
  • Executive Summary:The Collins Center Update is a quarterly newsletter detailing the activities of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. Articles in this issue include: “The Sixth Annual Reserve Component Symposium”, “Linking Strategic Mission Command to Operational Battle Command”, “Education for Transatlantic Security”, “The Role of Armed Forces in the War on Terror” and “Transformation Efforts of the Moldovan Armed Forces.” View Publication

Threats at Our Threshold
  • Published: October 2007
  • Author(s): Professor Bert B. Tussing
  • Executive Summary: The terrible wake-up call of 9/11 brought homeland security and homeland defense into full focus for a nation ill-prepared for the threat of transnational terrorism. Our nation has done much to meet that threat, yet much more still needs to be done. Balancing security concerns against those of individual liberties, ensuring parallel commitments to law enforcement and defense remain complementary but distinct, are just two of the issues of concern. In this spirit, the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership partnered with The George Washington University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Heritage Foundation to conduct the first annual Homeland Defense/Homeland Security conference. The conference was an ambitious endeavor, designed to draw on a cross-section of experience from the partner institutions, their supporters, and their audiences in addressing the issues at hand. This volume is a reflection of those discussions. View Publication
  • "Making Riflemen From MUD": Restoring The Army's Culture Of Irregular Warfare
    • Published: July 2007
    • Author(s): LTC James D. Campbell, PhD, U.S. Army National Guard
    • Executive Summary: Nearly 300 years of American military tradition, from the colonial period until 1941, created a deeply engrained facility with unconventional warfare. Since World From the Pequot War in 1637, to the Seminole Wars in the early nineteenth century, the Apache campaigns after the Civil War, and in twentieth century small wars from the Philippines to Vietnam, the mandate for human intelligence has been a key component of unconventional warfare. Since World War Two, the wider military has lost this expertise and comfort with unconventional operations, with the Special Operations community taking on the sole proprietorship of this role. The top research paper in the USAWC Research Competition captures the experience, and lessons, of fighting on the western plains after the Civil War, and the creation of the Philippine Scouts at the beginning of the twentieth century. This was named top research paper in this year's USAWC Research Competition. View Publication
    Beyond Iraq: The Lessons of a Hard Place
    • Published: July 2007
    • Author(s): Mr. Anton K. Smith, U.S. Department of State
    • Executive Summary: The global jihadist insurgency is undercutting the modern states system. Rebalancing focus on the instruments of national power is key to containing and shaping instability in the Middle East. The author calls for better understanding of the cultural and historical differences between the West and the rest of the world; understanding the primacy of economic development over political process; and alliances with regional states. This is a USAWC award-winning student paper. This paper received The Military Order of the World Wars Writing Award. View Publication

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