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An Introduction To Theater Strategy And Regional Security By Clarence J. Bouchat & Strategic Studies Institute
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Lieutenant Colonel Clarence Bouchat conceived this paper while teaching theater strategy on the Distance Education faculty at the U.S. Army War College. As an adjunct member of the resident course... More > teaching team, he also observed resident students wrestle with the subject. While the Strategic Studies Institute does not normally publish curricular materials, this is the second time a subject has been deemed of sufficient importance and utility that it is now offered to our wider audience. Theater strategy and theater security cooperation (TSC) are two of the most important tools available in attaining national security. They offer an effective means for geographic Combatant Commanders to engage other countries, deter aggression, or resolve crises. Despite their importance, however, little current, concise, and comprehensive guidance is available on how they are planned and implemented.< Less
ASEAN And Its Security Offspring: Facing New Challenges By Strategic Studies Institute & Sheldon W. Simon
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Uniting the 10 major mainland and insular Southeast Asian states, ASEAN has also established formal... More > links to Northeast Asia (ASEAN+3), as well as to the world at large (ASEAN Regional Forum). It is appropriate at this time to take stock of ASEAN and project its future. How effectively have ASEAN and its organizational offspring functioned as a security community? Have the Association’s members been able to aggregate their security interests? Have they presented a united security front to other states? Do they collaborate to resolve internal security problems and protect one another against external security challenges? In this monograph, Professor Sheldon Simon, who has written on Asian security for over 40 years, argues that ASEAN is pursuing an engagement strategy in the 21st century, bringing the great powers (the United States, China, India, Japan, and the European Union) into Southeast Asia’s political...< Less
Biodefense Research Supporting The DoD: A New Strategic Vision By Strategic Studies Institute & Coleen K. Martinez
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The general public often assumes that medical products will be available to members of the U.S. armed forces in harm’s way. Availability of safe and effective drugs and vaccines, however, is... More > never an accident; such products are the fruition of focused and methodical research, testing and evaluation over many years. Medical research is inherently a high risk endeavor, and even the most efficient programs can span almost 15 years and cost over $1 billion from product discovery to Food and Drug Administration licensure. In this monograph, Colonel Coleen Martinez examines the productivity of the Department of Defense’s biodefense research program over the course of more than 35 years, coupled with changes in the global research environment since the events of September 11, 2001. Few will argue the need for a national investment in biodefense. Where the deployment of a biologic agent of mass destruction is largely an unpredictable risk, the outcome certainly could be catastrophic for an unprotected population.< Less
Challenging Transformation’s Clichés By Strategic Studies Institute & Antulio J. Echevarria II
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Most of the ideas underpinning the foundation of American defense policy and military strategy today were once new and untested concepts at the edge of strategic thought. Critical thinkers had to... More > analyze and refine those ideas so the defense community could apply them in strategy and force development. This is an ongoing process: new ideas emerge, are tested, and adopted, revised, or discarded. To aid the process of identifying and examining new ideas and concepts, the Strategic Studies Institute publishes a special series called “Advancing Strategic Thought.” This series offers a forum for putting forth original and innovative concepts and perspectives concerning national security policy and military strategy. Yet, it also challenges accepted notions which might have become part of the foundation of American defense policy a bit too quickly. All of this is done, again, in the interest of advancing strategic thought.< Less
China’s Expansion Into And U.S. Withdrawal From Argentina’s Telecommunications And Space Industries And The Implications For U.S. National Security By Strategic Studies Institute & Janie Hulse
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The U.S. Government is waking up to China’s growing presence in Latin America. For the last several years as U.S. policymakers’ attention and resources, largely diverted from Latin... More > America, have been focused on the Middle East, China has pursued a policy of economic engagement with the region. Sino-Latin American trade has sky-rocketed, and Chinese investment in the region is picking up. In this monograph, Ms. Janie Hulse, a Latin American specialist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, argues that increased Chinese investment in regional telecommunications and space industries has implications for U.S. national security. She believes that globalization, advances in information technology and China’s growing capacity and interest in information warfare make the United States particularly vulnerable. Ms. Hulse details China’s expansion into and U.S. withdrawal from these intelligence-related industries in Argentina and highlights associated risks for the United States.< Less
China’s Nuclear Forces: Operations, Training, Doctrine, Command, Control, And Campaign Planning By Larry M. Wortzel & Strategic Studies Institute
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A decade ago, many scholars and policy analysts who followed China dismissed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as an antiquated force that was essentially infantry, fighting with decades-old... More > weapons, poor communications, and World War II era doctrine. China’s nuclear forces were also technologically outmoded and fixed to silo or tunnel launch sites. Very little information was available about China’s “Second Artillery Corps,” as China calls its strategic rocket forces. The United States knew that the PLA maintained a separate corps of rocket troops, but its doctrine and command and control structures remained shrouded in secrecy. Chinese diplomats, political leaders, and security thinkers regularly announced that China would adhere to a “no first use” policy, but very little published military information was available about how China intended to use its missile forces in crisis or war.< Less
Chinese Perceptions Of Traditional And Nontraditional Security Threats By Strategic Studies Institute & Susan L. Craig
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While “knowing your enemy” has long been a Chinese stratagem, cultural intelligence only recently has gained precedence in American military strategy. Our efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan,... More > and the war on terror remind us of how differently much of the rest of the world thinks and perceives. This monograph is an effort to better understand Chinese thinking. Ms. Susan Craig’s research into Chinese threat perceptions is important for several reasons. Above all, it provides valuable insight into the comprehensiveness of the Chinese concept of national security and how China perceives itself, the world, and China’s place within it. Further, the author’s deliberate effort to maintain a Chinese perspective by relying solely on Chinese sources—namely, scholarly journals, the news media, official policy pronouncements, and personal interviews—demonstrates that Chinese intentions and motivations are not a secret.< Less
Colombia And The United States - The Partnership: But What Is The Endgame? By Strategic Studies Institute & Ambassador Myles R. R. Frechette
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The American-Colombian strategic partnership has made significant progress since the inception of Plan Colombia. The United States has provided a considerable amount of economic, police, judicial,... More > and military assistance. But much work looms ahead to eliminate the threats to state authority—the terrorism and the drug trafficking that nurture so much violence and corruption. Drug production and trafficking continue as the producers have learned how to outwit government counternarcotics efforts. In the past decade, the Strategic Studies Institute has published extensively on the Colombian conflict and American strategy. In this Letort Paper, Myles R. R. Frechette, American Ambassador to Colombia, 1994-97, provides authoritative, eloquent, and impassioned perspectives on both the achievements and failures of American and Colombian efforts.< Less
“Making Riflemen From Mud”: Restoring The Army’s Culture Of Irregular Warfare By Strategic Studies Institute & James D. Campbell
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Prior to World War II, the Army had a deeply ingrained facility with and acceptance of what we now term unconventional warfare—raising, training, advising, and cooperating with tribal militias,... More > local paramilitaries, and other nonstate armed groups. This culture of irregular warfare was attributable to nearly 300 years of American military tradition from the colonial period until 1941, including extensive experience in cooperating with Native American tribes and individual scouts during the expansion of the western frontier. These traditions of unconventional war reached maturity in the years of fighting on the western plains after the Civil War, and were given ultimate expression in the creation of the Philippine Scouts at the beginning of the 20th century. Since World War II, the wider military has lost this expertise in and comfortable familiarity with unconventional operations, with the Special Operations community taking on the sole proprietorship of this role.< Less
On The Uses Of Cultural Knowledge By Strategic Studies Institute & Sheila Miyoshi Jager
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Culture has become something of a buzz word among America’s senior military and civilian leaders. Faced with an brutal civil war and insurgency in Iraq, the many complex political and social... More > issues confronted by U.S. military commanders on the ground have given rise to a new awareness that a cultural understanding of an adversary society is imperative if counterinsurgency is to succeed. This monograph, by Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager, explores the role that cultural knowledge must play in thinking about a new strategy for counterinsurgency. Although the importance of cultural awareness and understanding of adversary societies has been widely recognized as essential to operations and tactics on the battlefield, Dr. Jager argues its significance has been largely ignored in formulating the broader strategic goals of counterinsurgency. This monograph highlights the importance of culture, and cultural awareness, in formulating a broad strategy for counterinsurgency which also has wide-ranging implications for U.S...< Less

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