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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.

Another Engagement Strategy For North Korea

Another Engagement Strategy For North KoreaAt the conclusion of the six-nation talks in Beijing last August, North Korea announced there was no reason for further negotiations and their only option was to continue their nuclear weapons development program. The Beijing Summit was the first multilateral diplomatic effort aimed at heading off a nuclear crisis that became apparent in October 2002 when North Korea acknowledged restarting its nuclear program in violation of the 1994 Agreed Framework. In exchange for giving up the nuclear program, North Korea wants economic aid, diplomatic recognition, and security assurances from the US through a nonaggression treaty. The Bush administration regards these demands as “blackmail” and is unwilling to negotiate unless North Korea first dismantles its nuclear program. Almost two months after the talks in Beijing, there continues to be a standoff between the US and North Korea that precludes meaningful negotiation. The stakes are high and now North Korea claims to have begun making bombs out of spent nuclear fuel rods.

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Scientific Optimism: Jomini and the U.S. Army

Scientific Optimism: Jomini and the U.S. ArmyThe U.S. Army presents itself as a Clausewitzian organization.  Officers in the Army fondly quote the Prussian theorist and, at the strategic level, his dictums dominate; political control of the military, war as an extension of policy, his trinity, etc.  Consideration of Clausewitz’s friction and fog of war has translated into the doctrine of auftragstaktik and maintenance of initiative at the lowest possible levels of command.  At the tactical and operational levels, however, the U.S. Army remains more firmly rooted in the ideals of Antoine-Henri Jomini.  Jomini’s scientific approach to understanding and succeeding at war lies at the heart of Army doctrinal operations.  The American Army, in its collective description of war and its methods of planning operations in war, follows more closely the Swiss theorist than the Prussian. 

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The United States and Iraq's Shi'ite Clergy: Partners or Adversaries?

THE UNITED STATES AND IRAQ'S SHI'ITE CLERGY: PARTNERS OR ADVERSARIES?When the U.S.-led military forces took control of Iraq in early 2003, they assumed control of a country with a short but extremely complex religious, ethnic, and social history. As the future of post-Saddam Iraq unfolds, the attitudes and behavior of the Shi'ite Muslim Arabs are emerging as critical factors for Iraq's future. This community, traumatized by years of Iraqi government brutality, forms 60-65 percent of the Iraqi population. Currently, the majority of its members appear determined not to return to their former status as an oppressed majority ruled by minority Sunni leaders.

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June 2003 | Volume 1.1