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The U.S. Army Professional Writing Collection showcases articles from a variety of professional journals that focus on relevant issues affecting The Army. This micro-site seeks to stimulate innovative thinking about the challenges that may face tomorrow’s Army. It is further intended that the articles featured on this site cause reflection, increased dialogue within The Army Community, and in the best case, action by Soldiers. Updated monthly, these articles are written by Soldiers, civilians, academics, and other subject matter experts. Links to various Army publications, Department of Defense journals and selected non-governmental defense-related publications are also provided on this site.

The Sustainment Portal-Virtual Technology for Transformation

The Sustainment Portal-Virtual Technology for TransformationThe Army Combined Arms Support Command's Sustainment Portal initiative addresses the Transformation challenge by using technology to integrate, improve, and transform the processes of combat, materiel, training, and simulation development. Using a virtual platform powered by a suite of local and remotely linked digital systems, the Sustainment Portal provides a collaborative environment for planning and assessing doctrinal concepts, conducting mission analyses, performing digital rehearsals, developing simulation-based training, and supporting schoolhouses and Army or joint units during exercises, deployments, and actual operations.

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Inverse Engagement: Lessons from US-Iraq Relations, 1982-1990

Inverse Engagement: Lessons from US-Iraq Relations, 1982-1990Despite the U.S. military success in Iraq, Saddam Hussein's longevity should in itself serve as a significant warning to policymakers that something may be amiss in the formulation and execution of US foreign policy. In this article the author re-examines the fundamental intellectual assumptions of what is known as "engagement," the foreign policy doctrine that guided US behavior toward Iraq in the decade preceding Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. Despite the wholesale failure of engagement in Iraq before 1990, the fundamental assumptions that guided US engagement policies have remained largely unexamined. This failure to acknowledge historic mistakes raises the disturbing possibility that similar failures of engagement may occur in Washington's strategic relationships with other problematic international actors and rogue states.

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Iraqi Freedom Confirms Some Familiar Lessons

Iraqi Freedom Confirms Some Familiar LessonsAfter every war, but this one more than most, competing battlefield lessons and their presumed resource implications threaten to produce a rhetorical struggle every bit as contentious as the war they claim to reflect. But before we begin extrapolating global conclusions from a three-week war between the world's preeminent military power and what turned out to be something less than a world-class adversary, it might be worth reviewing some of its less ground-breaking but no less important lessons. For in many respects, what we have seen during the past few weeks merely confirms what a good deal of military experience already tells us.

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The Army and Land Warfare: Transforming the Legions

The Army and Land Warfare: Transforming the LegionsFor more than a decade there has been a spirited debate over the existence of a fundamental change in the nature of warfare - a revolution in military affairs. That controversy not only reflects the growth and rapid diffusion of military-related technology, but un-certainty over its ultimate impact. Like the dramatic advances in mechanization, aviation, and radio which changed the military in the interwar years, the Army must interpret and exploit information and information-related technology as well as precision-strike weapon systems to engage targets over a wide area with greater lethality, precision, discrimination, and speed.

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July 1, 2003 | Volume 2.1