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China And Strategic Culture By Andrew Scobell, Strategic Studies Institute
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Culture influences the way strategists in a particular country think about matters of war and peace. Culture is especially influential in a country like China, with an ancient civilization and... More > strategic tradition dating back thousands of years. The author of this monograph, Dr. Andrew Scobell, examines the impact of strategic culture on 21st century China. He contends that the People’s Republic of China’s security policies and its tendency to use military force are influenced not only by elite understandings of China’s own strategic tradition, but also by their understandings of the strategic cultures of other states. Gaining a fuller appreciation for how Chinese strategists view the United States and Japan, our key ally in the Asia-Pacific, will better enable us to assess regional and global security issues. The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to publish this monograph as a contribution to the public debate on China’s strategic disposition.< Less
Revising The Two Mtw Force Shaping Paradigm: A “strategic Alternatives Report” From The Strategic Studies Institute By Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute
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U.S. military strategy is undergoing its most serious examination since the end of the Cold War. Led by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, this process is designed to assess every dimension of the... More > strategy, including its most basic assumptions and concepts. For the first time in over a decade, everything about U.S. military strategy is subject to question. One of the most important elements of U.S. military strategy for the past ten years has been the belief that a force able to fight two nearly simultaneous major theater wars (MTW) of the DESERT STORM type would be capable of dealing with the full gamut of security challenges that the United States is likely to face. Now nearly every expert on U.S. military strategy agrees that this force shaping paradigm needs a relook.< Less
Strategic Challenges For Counterinsurgency And The Global War On Terrorism By Williamson Murray, Strategic Studies Institute
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In March 2006, President George W. Bush signed a new National Security Strategy that he refers to as a “wartime national security strategy.” He also states in the introduction that to... More > follow the path the United States has chosen, we must “maintain and expand our national strength.” One way to do this is to study and propose solutions to the complex challenges the United States faces in the 21st century. At the U.S. Army War College, the students have embraced this challenge and spend a year developing their intellectual strength in areas that extend well beyond the familiar operational and tactical realm to which they are accustomed. This collection of essays written by students enrolled in the U.S. Army War College Advanced Strategic Art Program (ASAP) reflects the development of their strategic thought applied to a wide range of contemporary issues.< Less
Plan Colombia: The Strategic And Operational Imperatives By Gabriel Marcella, Strategic Studies Institute
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The crisis in Colombia is the most compelling challenge the United States faces in the Western Hemisphere. The United States is committed to helping Colombia fight its struggle against the violence... More > and corruption engendered by the traffic in narcotics. This report examines the strategic theory within Plan Colombia, the master plan which the government of Colombia developed to strengthen democracy through peace, security, and economic development. In this timely paper, Dr. Gabriel Marcella argues that the United States and the international community must support this beleaguered nation. He cautions, however, that the main responsibility for success lies with the Colombians. They must mobilize the national resources and make the sacrifices to win back the country from the narco-traffickers, the insurgents, and the paramilitaries. To that end, Plan Colombia is a well-conceived strategy that must be sustained for the long term.< Less
Strategic Planning By The Chairmen, Joint Chiefs Of Staff, 1990 To 2005 By Richard Meinhart, Strategic Studies Institute
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Throughout literature, we have learned from the ways that others have used systems and processes to respond to challenges. This Letort Paper by Dr. Richard Meinhart builds upon his doctoral... More > dissertation, Strategic Planning Through An Organizational Lens, that examined what higher education leaders could learn from the Chairmen Joint Chiefs of Staff’s strategic planning in the 1990s and updates that examination through 2005 to reflect Chairman Myers’ use. This update is particularly relevant because the challenges that our leaders faced in the first half of the 2000s with the Global War on Terror were different than those of the 1990s. In response to these new challenges, this strategic planning system continued to evolve as it retained stability in plans and resource products and accommodated changes in vision, strategies and assessments.< Less
Gauging U.S.-Indian Strategic Cooperation By Henry Sokolski, Strategic Studies Institute
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The following volume consists of research that the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) commissioned and vetted throughout 2006. For at least half of the chapters, authors presented... More > versions of their work as testimony before Congressional oversight committees. Among them are some of the sharpest critics and staunchest boosters of U.S.-Indian nuclear and strategic cooperation. No matter what one’s point of view, though, these chapters deserve close attention since all are focused on what is needed to assure U.S.-Indian strategic cooperation succeeds. The volume offers U.S. and Indian policy and law makers a detailed checklist of things to watch, avoid, and try to achieve. Funding for this project came from the Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation. Ashley Tellis and George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment, Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute, Gary Samore from the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Einhorn of the Center for Strategic and International Studies...< Less
The American Army In The Balkans: Strategic Alternatives And Implications By Steven Metz, Strategic Studies Institute
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Since 1995, peace operations in the Balkans have been an important part of the Army’s contribution to U.S. national security. When these operations began, the Army institutionally focused on... More > conventional warfighting. Since then, it has made significant changes to become more effective at peace operations, but this evolution continues. The goals that led the United States into the Balkans have not yet been fully realized. To meet them requires both sustained involvement in the region and continued refinement of the Army’s peace operations capabilities. In this report, Dr. Steven Metz examines U.S. strategy in the Balkans and the Army’s role in it. He recommends continued U.S. involvement, consideration of a long-term American military presence in the region, and some significant changes in the role of the Army. From a broader perspective, Dr. Metz argues that, if U.S. political leaders decide that involvement in protracted peace operations will be an enduring part of American strategy...< Less
Coup D’Oeil: Strategic Intuition In Army Planning By William Duggan, Strategic Studies Institute
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In our military professions, formal analytical methods co-exist with intuitive decisionmaking by leaders in action. For the most part, there is no harm done. But many officers can recount times when... More > they knew they should have “gone with their gut,” but followed instead the results of their analytical methods. The gap between these two forms of decisionmaking perhaps has grown wider in recent times, especially in Iraq, where adaptive leadership seems to have overshadowed formal methods of planning. Departing from formal methods increasingly seems to be the mark of an effective commander, as we learn from Dr. Leonard Wong’s recent Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) report, Developing Adaptive Leaders: The Crucible Experience of Operation Iraqi Freedom (July 2004).< Less
The United States And Colombia: The Journey From Ambiguity To Strategic Clarity By Gabriel Marcella, Strategic Studies Institute
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There has been a remarkable turnaround in the policy of the United States towards Colombia. It has gone from an exclusive focus on counternarcotics to a comprehensive recognition of that... More > nation’s deeply-rooted problems. The factors that drove this change are the tragic events of September 11, 2001, as well as the increased terrorism of the insurgents that threaten the state and society in Colombia. The evolution of American policy takes into account a recurring global geopolitical reality, of which Colombia is a paradigm: the problem of weak states and ungoverned space. Colombia’s weak state is beset with a complex interaction of violence and corruption from the terrorist left and right, as well as the workings of international organized crime that prospers on the movement of illicit narcotics. At stake for the United States and the hemispheric community is the security of the immediate Andean and adjacent areas.< Less
Dragon On Terrorism: Assessing China’s Tactical Gains And Strategic Losses Post-September 11 By Mohan Malik, Strategic Studies Institute
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The U.S. relationship with China and the global war on terrorism are the two most significant strategic challenges faced by the Bush administration. Both are vital and complex; the way the... More > administration manages them will shape American security for many years. While there is a growing literature on both key strategic issues, little analysis has been done on the intersection of the two. In this monograph, Dr. Mohan Malik of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies fills this gap as he assesses how the war on terrorism has affected China. He concludes that the war on terrorism radically altered the Asian strategic environment in ways that negated China’s foreign policy gains of the last decade and undermined its image as Asia’s only great power. Dr. Malik then offers a range of recommendations for a more stable relationship with China.< Less