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Mapping Colombia: The Correlation Between Land Data And Strategy By Strategic Studies Institute & Geoffrey Demarest
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For the past 2 years, the Strategic Studies Institute and the North-South Center have engaged in an effort to bring creative thinking and analysis to the most challenging security problem in the... More > Americas, the multifaceted conflicts in Colombia. This monograph by Dr. Geoffrey Demarest looks at an important issue, property rights, as bearing directly on the inability of Colombia to assert authority over its entire territory as well as to implement the social agenda of Plan Colombia. The author appropriately cites the much-discussed latest work of Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital. The Peruvian economist makes a strong case that development in less-developed countries does not take place, in large measure, not because the poor lack assets but because without recognized property rights they are unable to mobilize them.< Less
Learning From Iraq: Counterinsurgency In American Strategy By Steven Metz & Strategic Studies Institute
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During the past 5 years, American strategy has undergone a sea change, shifting from a focus on the conventional military forces of rogue or rising states to irregular challenges associated with the... More > “long war” against transnational jihadism. Much of the new thinking has resulted from the conflict in Iraq. One result of this has been an attempt to relearn counterinsurgency by the U.S. military. While the involvement of the United States in counterinsurgency has a long history, it had faded in importance in the years following the end of the Cold War. When American forces first confronted it in Iraq, they were not fully prepared. Since then, the U.S. military and other government agencies have expended much effort to refine their counterinsurgency capabilities. But have they done enough?< Less
Constructing The Cold War Environment: The Strategic Architecture of RAND By Michael Kubo
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A study of the strategic architecture of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, designed in 1951 and demolished in 2005. A detailed archival history tracks the reciprocal relation between... More > the unique research culture at RAND—the epicenter of strategic military thought during the Cold War and the first truly interdisciplinary research model—and its physical architecture, designed (based on a memorandum written by a RAND mathematician) as a redundant matrix of corridors to maximize chance interactions among researchers and promote creative thinking. What lessons does the abstract, analytical process of RAND's design hold for contemporary practice? What does the story of the RAND headquarters tell us about the climate of strategic thought in the postwar period? The book addresses these questions in the conviction that the RAND headquarters hold an important and unrecognized place in the history of architecture in the second half of the 20th century.< Less
Developing Strategic Leaders For The 21st Century By Strategic Studies Institute & Jeffrey D. McCausland
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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivered a remarkable speech at Kansas State University on November 26, 2007. In his address, the Secretary underscored the pressing need to greatly expand the... More > nation’s “soft power” capabilities. Secretary Gates did not speak at length about current Department of Defense programs or the need to increase the defense budget dramatically. Rather, he called for significant increases in the capacity of other government agencies to work with the military in the rebuilding of societies in Iraq and Afghanistan and be prepared to counter the appeal of international terrorism globally. Clearly the attack on the World Trade Center and subsequent conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan changed forever how Americans think about “national security.” These events expanded not only the number and scope of issues, but also the overall complexity of the process.< Less
Strategic Planning for Faith-based Schools By Jack Peterson
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Strategic Planning for Faith-based Schools provides a brief outline of a process the author developed over three decades of leading planning in one school, and then adapting the resulting process to... More > a variety of faith-based school environments. He benefited from the best recent thinking in business management as well as his own experience of what works and what doesn't. The steps he describes lead to plans that are compelling, mission centered and broadly owned, and for these reasons, get implemented.< Less
How to Think About Hiring: Play Smarter to Win the Talent Game By Lex Sisney
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This is a book about breakthrough thinking in hiring and talent management. It’s designed specifically for CEOs, department heads, hiring managers, and anyone else seeking an edge in how they... More > think about hiring. It will equip you with a powerful framework for understanding who to hire, who not to hire, and how to build a high-performing team. The framework that you’ll learn is simple, powerful, and timeless. No matter how complex or chaotic the world of talent management might seem on the surface, there are some basic principles at work underneath it. When you understand the principles, you can execute a winning process. Key Takeaways: - Avoid the most common hiring mistakes - Find and recruit better talent faster - Ask the interview questions that really matter - Use a hiring “draft board” to choose the best hires - Make hiring a strategic business advantage< Less
Strategic Theory For The 21st Century: The Little Book On Big Strategy By Harry R. Yarger & Strategic Studies Institute
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The word “strategy” pervades American conversation and our news media. We tend to use strategy as a general term for a plan, a concept, a course of action, or a “vision” of... More > the direction in which to proceed at the personal, organizational, and governmental—local, state, or federal—levels. Such casual use of the term to describe nothing more than “what we would like to do next” is inappropriate and belies the complexity of true strategy and strategic thinking. It reduces strategy to just a good idea without the necessary underlying thought or development. It also leads to confusion between strategy and planning, confining strategic possibilities to near-time planning assumptions and details, while limiting the flexibility of strategic thought and setting inappropriately specific expectations of outcomes. This “little book”—actually a monograph—talks about big strategy, strategy at the highest levels of the nation-state. It is applicable to grand strategy, national security strategy, national military...< Less
Toward An American Way Of War By Antulio J. Echevarria II & Strategic Studies Institute
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The American way of war has been much written about over the years. That literature is remarkable for its explicit and implicit consensus regarding the overriding characteristics of the American... More > approach to warfare--aggressive, direct, and focused on achieving decisive victory. A way of war implies thinking about conflict holistically, from prewar condition-setting to the final accomplishment of one’s strategic objectives. Unfortunately, American thinking about war tends to put more emphasis on coercive operations--the destruction of an opponent’s regular forces on the field of battle--than on what is loosely known as war’s “aftermath.” Yet, it is in the aftermath where wars are typically won. In this monograph, Lieutenant Colonel Echevarria examines the principal characteristics and ideas associated with the American way of war, past and present. He argues that Americans do not yet have a way of war. What they have is a way of battle.< 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
Soldiers In Cities: Military Operations On Urban Terrain By Strategic Studies Institute & Michael C. Desch
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This compendium is the result of a conference on “Military Operations in an Urban Environment” cosponsored by the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce in conjunction... More > with the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, the U.S. Army War College, and the Association of the United States Army. At the time of the conference, the concept of homeland defense was emerging as an increasingly important mission for the U.S. military. Now this mission has catapulted to prominence with the attacks of September 11 and the appointment of a Director of Homeland Defense—a Cabinet-level position. The authors of the chapters examine the ongoing doctrinal thinking, draw historical comparisons, and discuss the thoughts of those attending the conference—experts from the military, government civilian agencies, academia, think tanks, and the defense industry—regarding unconventional warfare. Collectively, they provide a comprehensive report on critical factors that the U.S. military soon may face.< Less

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