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This is the eleventh issue of our online journal, Strategos. The journal is designed to stimulate discussion among the members on pertinent strategic issues and provide a venue for publication among practitioners and scholars. In this issue we offer a number of articles aimed at both broad and in some cases specific matters of interest to the strategist. Scott Smitson provides a brief but provocative analysis of U.S. strategy in the long war against radical Islamic terrorism. Smitson asserts that the U.S. has pursued a mismatched policy and strategy of annihilation and democratization and instead argues for marginalization of the increasingly fractious but persistent threats. Perhaps a new strategy cast more in line with aggressive or offensive containment is inevitable in a more resource constrained future. It would take only one sizable terrorist event, however, on U.S. soil clearly connected to overseas jihadists to quickly reshape such a restrained strategy.
This is the tenth issue of our online journal, Strategos. The journal is designed to stimulate discussion among the members on pertinent strategic issues and provide a venue for publication among practitioners and scholars. In this issue we offer a number of articles aimed at a broad and varied matters of interest to the strategist. Kerry V. Roberts offers some ideas about cyber warfare and Chinese strategic culture. He explores the nature of cyber warfare, some challenges, and insight specifically with regard to China’s proclivity to this new aspect of military operations. Perhaps no area of national security is receiving more attention lately than the concerns about cyber security.
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From the Editor, Mike Matheny, PhD
This is the ninth issue of our online journal, Strategos. The journal is designed to stimulate discussion among the members on pertinent strategic issues and provide a venue for publication among practitioners and scholars. In this issue we offer a number of articles aimed at a broad and varied matters of interest to the strategist. J.P. Clark’s article poses several questions and some advice on the matter of the Army’s institutional planning. He reminds us that the Army does seem to be at an important inflection point between wars, downsizing, and fiscal strait jacket. Strategic, that is long term institutional planning for the Army must start with the questions of what the Army must do and how it wants to do it. This institutional soul searching must quickly resolve missions and resources in order to find solutions in force structure and doctrine.
Bryan Groves article on transitioning from military to civilian led efforts reminds us that all wars must end, but in achieving long lasting strategic results—how they end is critical. What lessons can be learned from Iraq when compared to Afghanistan. The challenge looms large as this particular conflict winds down.
Jeremy Gray’s article on China continues his timely discussion of the rise of China. The author offers hope that the West can indeed accommodate the peaceful rise of China. This insightful article provides a good look into the strategic culture of this growing power in Asia. I would only offer that strategists may well look at structure both domestic and regional to help understand the probabilities of conflict, but should never discount the role of chance and accident. The proverbial Guns of August scenario as described by Barbara Tuchman in her seminal account of the outbreak of World War I is always a caution to strategic optimism.
Finally, the frequency and quality of Strategos is directly related to the number and quality of submissions. This online journal seeks to engage the interests of all those interested in strategy and provide an outlet for views not perhaps found elsewhere. I heartily encourage all members of the association to join this forum and keep up the intellectual fire.
Mike Matheny, Ph.D.
COL, U.S. Army Retired
@brettfriedman William F. Owen…see @InfinityJournal, among others.
Please check-out our current edition of Strategos, Volume III, Issue 4 (Spring 2012).
The Editor of Strategos, Dr. Mike Matheny, Ph.D. notes,
This is the eighth issue of our online journal, Strategos. The journal is designed to stimulate discussion among the members on pertinent strategic issues and provide a venue for publication among practitioners and scholars. This issue seeks to address some new and some enduring concerns. The recent changes in the nature and scope of the mandated theater campaign plans present significant challenges to theater strategists. Required by the Department of Defense, each Combatant Command seeks to outline the command’s plan to achieve U.S. national security interests in its area of responsibility. This is certainly no easy task for the team of planners and strategists charged with getting it right. Curiously, there is no standard format for a theater campaign plan and each Combatant Command handles it a bit differently. Don Travis who served as a planner in Central Command brings his experience to bear in an article full of good advice to planners
Please join us for the 2012 U.S. Army War College Strategy Conference to be held at historic Carlisle Barracks from 10-12 April. The conference this year is titled “The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy in an Age of Austerity: Challenges and Opportunities.” To attend, please register at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) Website http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/conf/.
During the past few years, we have witnessed profound shifts in the U.S. and the global economy, leading many to believe we have entered a fundamentally new era in which U.S. national security must be assured with significantly fewer resources. Additionally, many view the concept of national security in much broader terms than in the past. This era of constrained resources involves more than just budget reductions; it affects the people needed, the skills they must have, and the nation’s capabilities for developing them.
At the same time the second decade of the 21st Century begins with many questions and few answers concerning the changing global security environment, and the appropriate strategic choices the United States must make to address it. We selected the conjunction and interaction of these two high-order shifts as the focus for the XXIII Annual U. S. Army War College Strategy Conference. These are just some of the larger issues we will address. Our topic will prove to make this conference a lively, interesting, and penetrating exploration of strategic challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Merry Christmas to all our Assoc members, particularly hose deployed in harm’s way!
@ArmyStrat what must the Army do? Prevent and prevail…but what does that mean?