This archive contains all research published by the Army Press Online Journal, in chronological order of publication.
Featured Essays 29 July – 11 Aug
As we prepare to deal with terrorism and the rise of non-state actors, we need to understand the double-edged sword of rapid technological advancement. Lt. Col. Nolan outlines trends and risks.
Having lost three modern wars due to inability to categorize and understand the phase of war that begins after conventional war is over, it is imperative that we remedy this. Thomas Neely argues that our conventional wars spin into attritional war, and attritional war cannot be won.
Organizations strive to solve problems and manage internal anxiety. Understanding how these challenges are affected by leader choices and collective understanding of why and how we do what we do provides leaders more options for overcoming internal stressors and meeting organizational goals. Carey Walker and Matthew Bonnot analyze organizational climate and culture in easy to understand and practical terms.
As the U.S. continues to prioritize partnerships, it is important for those in the Army to discuss best practices for making the most out of working with other military entities. Lt. Col. Archambault covers principles for partnership at the unit level.
Recruiting Command suffers a range of organizational issues as it strives to meet its commander’s intent. Sgt. 1st Class Alex Joy and Cpt. Joseph Harmon explain how mission command can be used to improve recruiting efforts.
Assessing the Decisive Action Fight June 2016
As the Army transitions away from COIN and continues training for the decisive action fight, assessment processes must follow suit. Currently, adapting the assessment procedure is not where it needs to be. Colonel Roach and Major White address some of the key issues.
Maj. Michael Cohen sifts through the various, conflicting information on Ukraine’s military, militia, and government to paint a clearer picture of how, exactly, Urkraine directly contributed to the destruction at Ilovaisk.
As NATO prepares for its 2016 Summit, the U.S. needs to carefully consider their way forward in dealing with Russia. Lt. Col. Robinson outlines priorities and key factors to ensure practical trumps paranoia in strategic planning.
As the Army undergoes a generational shift, educators and trainers need to give greater attention to the digital capabilities of soldiers. Whatever their capability, what is most important is recognizing that learning is interactive and social in nature. Digital tools should be used to enhance knowledge building. Dr. Liston Bailey argues for a cultural shift in the way that training is conducted.
Despite the rampant resistance to distance learning being an effective teaching method, it continues to exist and gain traction. Lt. Col (R) Judy lays out, in objective, straightforward terms, the good, the bad, and the ugly of distance learning, in order to show it is going to be the most effective method of ensuring quality education across the Force.
Mission command has continued to evolve in German military doctrine, particularly the doctrinal concept of “Innere Fuehrung.” Lt. Col. Jens Küster, German Army, explores the differences in evolution of the concept in U.S. and German doctrine, in order to highlight salient features for U.S. military professionals to address as the concept continues to evolve in ADP 6-0.
Periodic Financial Assessment Apr 2016
Current Army systems that work with Soldiers and their finances don’t really solve the underlying problems. Soldiers continue to amass unhealthy debt. Maj. Karl Ludeman explains what is broken and provides a workable solution.
In order to protect American and allied interests, we need to maintain access tot the global commons. This has been true, and will continue to be so.
Develops others routinely received the lowest ratings in CASAL surveys. Matthew Bonnot and Carey Walker give a straightforward breakdown of what is broken with leader development in the Army, and actionable steps on how to resolve the issue.
CGSOC at a Distance Apr 2016
Many believe that non-residential CGSOC can’t hold a candle to learning on post in Fort Leavenworth. David Pierson breaks down this assumption.
Changes to the operational environment are not always properly accounted for, particularly after tactical success. Maj. James Stultz and Lt. Col. Michael Buchanan and offer new insights into effectively dealing with the rapidly changing operational environment of modern warfare.
One of the U.S. Army’s greatest assets is international law. Maj. Rob Williamson and Lt. Col. Todd Burkhardt discuss some recent history of working with Afghan National Army Special Operations Command towards their development as a professional fighting force. Showing citizens a commitment to their security and well-being helps win the peace. Read this article for an account of the importance and training in the domain of international law in working with partner nations.
Counterinsurgency success might need to be defined as “managing the condition.” Michael J. Gurney outlines how to think through designing and assessing a counterinsurgency campaign.
Mission Command has its origins in German military thinking. David Shunk outlines key historical moments; read to gain insight into MC’s historical and philosophical origins, the better to think through how to implement Mission Command in all things Army.
Mission Command in Education Mar 2016
Paul Sanders (U.S. Army, retired) explains how the adult education theory Andragogik as applied in Army Distance Education programs provides students with the foundations of 6 principles of Mission Command
CW3 Crifasi explores how to re-organize the promotion and assignment process for Field Artillery Warrant Officers. A good read for any officer for thinking through holes and gaps in the talent management system.
Maj. Adam Scher breaks down the limits of conventional wisdom blinding us from understanding the Iraqi Army’s collapse in 2014 in order to provide a foundation for ensuring a similar disaster does not happen again.
Capt. Kyle Wolfley examines the issue of airborne forces successfully assaulting A2/AD environments. He argues that “the Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle offers the Joint Force the ability to conduct an operational envelopment, avoid the enemy’s principle air defenses, and seize ground objectives.”
The Army continues to re-evaluate its ethical boundaries. Col. Siegl reminds us that many of our decisions are not consciously made, and explores how that plays out in the domain of Army ethics.
When leadership has a goal–a plan, a vision–in mind, it runs into inherent difficulties between opposing forces such as control/flexibility, continuity/change, and individual/collect. Professors Galvin and Allen explore these paradoxes in terms of fostering innovation in the Army. (Profs Galvin & Allen)
The Army has a long history of helping the infrastructure of underdeveloped regions. What we need is to improve our assessment of these programs. (Maj. Orlando Craig)
We must have sustainable training programs for our work with partner nations. Here are some lessons learned from the Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. (Maj. Adam Brady and Capt. Satchell)
Atrocity crimes happen most frequently during armed conflict, and we need to re-organize better minimize such unnecessary deaths. (Maj. Atkins, Jan 2016)
Maj. Bruck argues that we still haven’t fully figured out how to handle accountability for when Army robots break or make mistakes.
Leadership development has been undermined by the training model. It is time to explore changes in the wake of the new Officer Evaluation Report. (Capt. Perkins)
To conduct expeditionary urban operations within the megacity operational environment (OE), the Army must make the following organizational changes: first, create urban engagement teams (UETs); and second, redesign the reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) squadrons. (Capt. Hartrich)
Maj. Brady (US Army) and Lt. Cmdr. Powell (US Navy) examine the integration of Task Force Steel Tiger into Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). They explore lessons learned for successful integration of a tactical battalion into an operational or strategic-level joint task force.
Leader Presence in Future Wars Nov 2015
Capt. Terry calls for open dialogue on leadership values and culture, and the impact of leadership style on warfare as it changes in the future. He draws attention to key elements of leadership concepts as a starting point for this discussion.
Building the New NCO Professional Nov 2015
Dr. Bailey explains major changes to the NCO training system, how they are vital to future success, and the goals of the new education process as a new emphasis is placed on knowledge and skills.
Maj. Scott LeBlanc (Canadian Army) gives insight into how identity will impact conflict in urban spaces. megacities are growing, they are a mosaic of cultures. the army needs to be ready.
Capt. Kevin Sandell overviews recent developments in the media war & looks to what the U.S. needs to do to be successful.
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