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The U.S. Army Professional Writing Collection draws from a variety of professional journals that focus on relevant issues affecting The Army. The views expressed are those of the author and do not represent the official position of 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.

Integrating Partner Nations into Coalition Operations

U.S. Special Operations Command: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st CenturyThe 9/11 terrorist attacks have led to a general consensus in the U.S. government regarding the need to reform national security architecture to meet current and emerging 21st-century threats, particularly in the areas of interagency coordination and coalition operation capabilities. Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have further highlighted the need for new doctrine and mechanisms to facilitate interagency coordination, as well as cooperation with other nations. This has led to new directives and multiple efforts within the federal government to explore such concepts. Each of these efforts gives rise to its own set of terms, structures, procedures, and doctrine. Current U.S. government approaches to the development of doctrine, organization, and procedures for combined and multinational integrated operations emphasize American structures and processes across agencies, rather than the multinational aspects of integration. Little work has been done formally to incorporate representatives, perspectives, and practices from potential partner nation military, civilian, and nongovernmental entities which may offer significant insight on the process of integration into coalition efforts led by or involving the U.S. government and its forces.

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Draining the Swamp: The British Strategy of Population Control

Looking to the Future: NATO Training Mission-IraqThirty years after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States and its Army again find themselves confronted with a tenacious insurgency, this time in Iraq. Given our decidedly mixed record in counterinsurgency operations, we tend to look elsewhere for successful models. Many look to the British, especially their exemplary and thorough victory in Malaya, to provide such a model. Commentators cite the British Army’s superior organizational adaptability and flexibility, strategic patience, their predilection for using the minimum force necessary, the relative ease with which they integrated civil and military aspects of national power, and the apparent facility with which they adapted their strategies to local circumstances of geography and culture. We would indeed do well to emulate the aforementioned characteristics of British counterinsurgency practice, but there was more to British success in Malaya than a good attitude. The key element of their success was the effective internment of that segment of Malayan society from which the insurgents almost entirely drew their strength.


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Whither the Warrior-the Truth About Wartime Recruiting

The Future of AfghanistanAs America’s Soldiers fight overseas, they are maligned back at home. Our wars, critics contend, are being fought on the backs of the poor, the non-white and the unqualified. They’re wrong. Many Americans believe that we have a mercenary Army made up of poor, ignorant farm boys, slum dwellers, school rejects and kids who can’t find a decent job. They hear this in the media all the time. It is a subtle, constant campaign propagating the myth of the underprivileged Soldier. Playing fast and loose with the facts to motivate opposition to U.S. policies is just wrong, a disservice to the military, and threat to the all-volunteer force that is at the taproot of both the security and liberty of American society. Maintaining the strength and size of our all-volunteer military isn’t always easy. But Americans step up when their country needs them. To suggest the system is failing or exploiting citizens is wrong. And to make baseless and false claims about the nature of U.S. troops simply to discredit their mission ought to be politically out of bounds.


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Combating Terrorism: A Socio-Economic Strategy

Combating Terrorism: A Socio-Economic StrategyThe threat of terrorism reduces overall investment and retards economic growth worldwide. While uncontained terrorism is costly for all economies, it could impose a disproportionate cost in trade and income growth in Asia-Pacific countries. Most developing economies in the region depend heavily on trade flows, particularly with the United States. Many of these economies rely on foreign direct investment inflows. New counterterrorism measures require one-time investments, which lead to short- to mid-term increases in the costs of doing business. These costs should be viewed as an investment that will pay dividends through reduced risk premiums and increased trade efficiency. In addition to the advantages of reducing exposure to terrorism, technological advances that enhance security are likely to boost the efficiency of cargo handling and people movement, lowering trade costs and making trade flows more efficient. The benefit of preventing reduced trade flows and encouraging investment is continued regional and global economic growth. Expansion and prosperity would enable nations and organizations to fund economic development policies and activities, which would create opportunities and expand a new middle class in communities that have traditionally supported terrorist groups.


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