U.S. Naval War College faculty members publish their learned opinions on diverse topics and time periods in various media outlets including academic journals, online publications, scholarly texts, and popular editions.
There exists substantial momentum within the military services to address perceived doctrinal shortcomings that will undoubtedly result in modifications, if not sweeping changes, to existing joint planning doctrine. One of the corrective constructs being actively considered for inclusion into joint doctrine is Design. Calls for Design emanate from a belief that existing doctrine for planning major operations and campaigns are no longer...
From relations with the Soviet Union to domestic tax reform, The Reagan Years provides a look into Ronald Reagan's presidency. The A-to-Z guide provides approximately 90 biographical entries on the most important people in Reagan's administration and examines the consequential events, policies, and issues of this era.
Recent challenges to US maritime predominance suggests a return to great power competition at sea, and this new volume looks at how navies in previous eras of multipolarity grappled with similar challenges. The book follows the theme of multipolarity by analysing a wide range of historical and geographical case studies, thereby maintaining the focus of both its historical analysis and its policy implications.
Let this volume serve three purposes. First, it is an example of naval history done well. All the essays were written by distinguished scholars, and they demonstrate the best of the field. They look beyond operations, integrating sea power into larger frameworks; they revel in complexity, rejecting simple explanations; and most of all, they ask the right questions. The lectures also demonstrate the endu-ing relevance of sea power theory.
During the Second World War, the US Army was faced with the problem of turning average civilians into soldiers capable of destroying the German army. To ease their adjustment to their new duties and overcome what US officers saw as the unsuitability of Americans for soldiering, the Army Ground Forces adopted a training regimen designed to produce an ‘induced urge to hate the enemy’.
This document is a summary of 16 key research and game findings focused specifically on the characteristics of civil-military response to a pandemic scenario. The numbered bullets below correspond to more detailed explanations of findings presented later in the document. While these findings are in no way definitive or complete, they are a sampling of relevant guidance based on research, gaming and expert opinion. It is our hope that these 16...
Many of Sir John Orde’s contemporaries thought he was a coward, partially responsible for Nelson’s failure to track down the Combined Fleet during the summer months of the Trafalgar Campaign. Sir Julian Corbett disagreed, arguing that Orde demonstrated laudable strategic insight. Most modern historians have followed Corbett’s lead. This article challenges the Corbettian consensus to suggest a new interpretation of Orde’s actions off Cadiz.
This volume is designed to be an in-depth and nuanced philosophical treatment of the virtue of obedience in the context of the professional military and the broader civilian political community, including the general citizenry. The nature and components of obedience are critical factors leading to further discussions of the moral obligations related to obedience, as well as the related practical issues and implications.
This article analyses the Islamic State media department’s involvement in deceptive influence efforts. Relying on an extensive database, the author identifies situations when decisions are made to involve the media in deception efforts, and why. He finds that the Islamic State used deception infrequently and carefully, while carefully balancing the need for credible and truthful information activities.
A brief history of the U.S. Naval War College.
A sober analysis of IS's media and propaganda output, essential for understanding what drives the movement. Goes beyond the descriptive and sensationalist to present and analyze a series of milestone source materials. Contextualizes the movement's approach to warfare, propaganda and governance. Useful for students, journalists, military personnel and civilians alike.
This article summarizes key lessons from the authors’ efforts to collect, analyze, and present a holistic perspective of this movement through its own works. The authors present three important themes central to the group's ability to survive: the centrality of territory and population control, the deliberate routinization of its leadership and organization, and its skill in propaganda.
Fidel Castro was never content with conﬁning his ambitions to as small a stage as Cuba. Immediately after the triumph of the 26th of July movement, he held up the Cuban Revolution as an example for the rest of Latin America and the Third World. On 3 January, a mere two days after Batista ﬂed the country, Castro delivered a speech in Santiago declaring that “all of America is watching the course of the fate of this revolution.”
The U.S. Army’s unofficial two-volume history of the Iraq War offers a critical examination of the conflict, one that is illuminating and controversial. In 2013, while serving as the U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff, General Raymond T. Odierno commissioned a team of Army warrior-scholars, all of whom had served in Iraq during the war, and asked them to conduct a candid examination of the conflict.
This article examines the British response to the failure at Bantry Bay in 1796. Doing so reveals not only the continuing significance of the invasion threat and the ways in which the British countered it, but also the challenges facing British military officials. Drawing on previously unexamined sources, it connects naval defense efforts to broader questions of British and Irish history.