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Transformation Concepts for National Security in the 21st Century


Edited by Dr. Williamson Murray.

September 2002

409 Pages

Brief Synopsis

This book represents some of the thinking by students at the U.S. Army War College, considering the nature and direction of transformation. They consider how the transformed joint services of the United States should employ force in the 21st century. The services are exploring concepts such as Effects Based Operations and Rapid Decisive Operations to move swiftly and strike vigorously to secure victory in the coming decades. At the same time the nation and its armed forces are developing new concepts of homeland security to defend the country in the war on terrorism. Officers who participated in the Advanced Strategic Art Program (ASAP) during Academic Year 2002 wrote the individual chapters.

FOREWORD

The famous Confederate General Stonewall Jackson noted that “To move swiftly, strike vigorously, and secure all the fruits of the victory is the secret of successful war.” This observation is at the very heart of the current discussion and experimentation on how the transformed joint services of the United States should employ force in the 21st century. The services are exploring concepts such as Effects Based Operations and Rapid Decisive Operations to move swiftly and strike vigorously to secure victory in the coming decades. At the same time the nation and its armed forces are developing new concepts of homeland security to defend the country in the war on terrorism. The following chapters represent some of the thinking by students at the U.S. Army War College, considering the nature and direction of transformation concepts that deal with these issues.

Officers who participated in the Advanced Strategic Art Program (ASAP) during their year at the U.S. Army War College wrote these chapters. The ASAP is a unique program that offers selected students a rigorous course of instruction in theater strategy. Solidly based in theory, doctrine, and history, the program provides these students a rich professional experience that includes staff rides, exercises, and the best instructional expertise available. The program is designed to provide the joint community with the best strategists and planners in the world. In the case of these officers and their work, they have already begun to make a difference. They and their fellow graduates of the U.S. Army War College will continue to serve the Army and the nation for many years to come.

CONTENTS

Foreword
1. TRANSFORMATION: Volume II
Dr. Williamson Murray

2. THE ARMY, TRANSFORMATION, AND MODERNIZATION, 1945-91: Implications for Today
Colonel Arthur W. Connor, Jr.

3. EFFECTS-BASED OPERATIONS: The End of Dominant Maneuver?
Colonel Gary H. Cheek

4. EFFECTS-BASED OPERATIONS: A New Operational Model?
Lieutenant Colonel Allen W. Batschelet

5. EFFECTS-BASED OPERATIONS: Theory, Application, and the Role of Airpower
Lieutenant Colonel Brett T. Williams

6. RAPID DECISIVE OPERATIONS: The Emperor’s New Clothes of Modern Warfare
Lieutenant Colonel James L. Boling

7. OPERATION JUST CAUSE: Concepts for Shaping Future Rapid Decisive Operations
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Embrey

8. TRANSFORMING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY
Lieutenant Colonel Steven L. Salazar

9. THE ARMY’S ROLE IN HOMELAND SECURITY
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Shanahan

10. MILITARY TRANSFORMATION FOR WARFARE IN THE 21st CENTURY: Balancing Implications of Urban Operations and Emerging Joint Operational Concepts
Lieutenant Colonel Charles L. Taylor

11. A U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERAGENCY STRUCTURE TO COMBAT TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM
Lieutenant Colonel George J. Woods III

12. RAPID DECISIVE OPERATIONS: The Search for the Holy Grail of Joint Warfighting
Lieutenant Colonel David R. Hogg

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