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Brittle and Brutal: An Avoidable 2024 Civil Military Relations Forecast

Brittle and Brutal: An Avoidable 2024 Civil...

The historically high public confidence of the American public in the U.S. military has steadily dropped over the past few decades, trending toward the all-time lows of the 1970s and…

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America’s Call to Duty

America’s Call to Duty

America faces a national security crisis in fielding a sustainable, formidable military force. This was foreseeable at the inception of the all-volunteer force and requires swift action. Over the fifty…

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FM – 30: A Step Forward in Approaching Operational Art

FM – 30: A Step Forward in Approaching Operational...

The Army in 2023 finds itself in a unique position. The 2022 National Defense Strategy prioritizes China as the number one pacing threat, with Russia as the number two acute…

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Additive Manufacturing in Contested Environments

Additive Manufacturing in Contested Environments

The availability of replacement parts for equipment remains a critical challenge for operations in contested defense settings. Traditional supply chains and logistics are unreliable and leave warfighters in adverse, if…

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Defense Primer: Future Years Defense Program (FYDP)

Defense Primer: Future Years Defense Program (FYDP)

The Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) is a projection of the forces, resources, and programs to support Department of Defense (DOD) operations. The FYDP is compiled every year and typically…

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Reconceptualizing the Space Domain Beyond Historic Perspectives of Warfare

Reconceptualizing the Space Domain Beyond Historic...

Strategies for waging land, air, and sea wars have been ongoing for as long as humans have existed in those domains. Technological advances over the last century have necessitated the…

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Deterrence and Space Strategy: A Framework from the Study of History and Theory

Deterrence and Space Strategy: A Framework from...

If the United States wishes to sustain the strategic advantages provided by outer space, then it needs a “way” to tailor activities across instruments of national power for space deterrence.…

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The Army’s XM-30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle (Formerly Known as the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle [OMFV])

The Army’s XM-30 Mechanized Infantry Combat...

The Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) is being designed to replace the M-2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). Optionally manned means the OMFV is to have the capability to…

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Through a Glass Clearly: An Improved Definition of LSCO

Through a Glass Clearly: An Improved Definition of...

The Army needs a useful definition of large-scale combat operations (LSCO) because without one, we risk learning the wrong lessons from history and being unprepared for the next war. Without…

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Coercive Strategies and Their Inertial Considerations

Coercive Strategies and Their Inertial...

On 24 February 2022, Russia initiated an invasion of Ukraine. Western powers made plenty of threats during the preceding weeks that did nothing to dissuade Russian aggression. It seems that…

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Armed Drones: Evolution as a Counterterrorism Tool

Armed Drones: Evolution as a Counterterrorism Tool

Armed drones (also commonly called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs) are unmanned aircraft designed to identify, surveil, and engage ground-based targets—ranging from material to individuals—with kinetic weapons. The United States…

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Special Operations Forces Reference Manual

Special Operations Forces Reference Manual

Special operations encompass the use of small units in direct or indirect military actions focused on strategic or operational objectives. These actions require units with combinations of specialized personnel, equipment,…

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Fiscal Year 2023: Consolidated Annual Report on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena

Fiscal Year 2023: Consolidated Annual Report on...

This report is provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in response to a requirement established in the National Defense…

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Strategy for Countering Weapons  of Mass Destruction

Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass...

This strategy identifies the need to account for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats holistically to prevent, mitigate, withstand, operate through, and recover from WMD attacks. Recognizing that different actors…

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PLA Logistics and Sustainment: PLA Conference 2022

PLA Logistics and Sustainment: PLA Conference 2022

There is no issue more critical to US security than the expansive and long-term challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Russian war in Ukraine is deservedly…

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