Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Strategic Wish List

The Army War College has just published its annual Key Strategic Issues List, which gives military researchers a head's up on what kind of strategic questions the Army and DoD would like to see answered. So, what's on the Pentagon's mind? Here are a few subjects that caught my eye, for no particular reason:

Reconceptualizing the “war” on terror: Is it a war, and, if so, what is its nature and how should it be prosecuted?...

Challenges and opportunities of employing non-governmental militias in counterinsurgency efforts...

Should the war on drugs be integrated into the war on terror?...

What is the impact of under-equipped active duty and reserve units responding to WMD or natural disasters, or other Civil Support missions?...

Information, misinformation, and disinformation. How can DoD manage these in an information-rich world?...

Strategic implications of outer space as a theater of war...

Responding to the collapse of strategically significant states...

Globalization’s impact on the military-industrial base...

Planning for operations in areas with primitive and austere infrastructures...

Implications for the All-Volunteer Force fighting the “long” war...

How will the fact that fewer members of Congress have served in the armed services affect future Defense policy?...

Strategic implications of democratic, but anti-U.S. governments, in the Middle East...

How should the U.S. respond to acts of genocide (e.g., Rwanda, Sudan)?...

Balancing U.S. security interests between India and Pakistan...

Implications for U.S. security of a post-Castro Cuba...

There are also more detailed subject headings towards the end. Worth a glance if you'd like to know what the Pentagon thinks are the burning strategic questions of the day.

Posted by Judah in:  Odds & Ends   

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