by Huba Wass de Czege (Landpower Essay 13-2, April 2013)

  by Mari K. Eder (Landpower Essay 13-1, April 2013)

In a recent AUSA Landpower Essay (Strategizing Forward in the Western Pacific and Elsewhere), Huba Wass de Czege provides a broad brush of the AirSea battle concept as it relates to the development of a comprehensive strategy for the region. Now that is a mouthful. I knew Huba when we were serving in the Army and was always impressed byt he insights he brought to the big, tough questions faced by our armed forces. With regard to this excellent, very thought-provoking article, here is my comment:

This Landpower Essay discusses the increasingly varied landscape that our Army faces as methods of modern warfare constantly evolve. The U.S. Army, unique as the nation’s landpower capability, is made up of a racially and religiously diverse population of Soldiers. Within the wider vision of improving training and leadership capabilities within Army culture, this diversity should be leveraged to improve national security in current and future conflicts. In addition to the requirements of organization and equipment that each mission requires, the human element of choosing the best individuals for each mission—with careful consideration of language capabilities, cultural understanding and ethnic origins of each Servicemember—should be a primary focus. As the Army works to face new challenges, two important variations, Special Forces and cavalry, have already evolved to address the expanding uncertainties of an increasingly disparate and turbulent world order.

This Landpower Essay states that defining “easy fighting” theories as conceptions that promise low-risk and high-gain solutions to complex world problems, criticizes the apparently unwise and unrealistic current trend of the military to shape the majority of its engagements as AirSea Battles. Since the First Gulf War, the belief has grown that the power to change intolerable situations on the ground can be achieved without hard and bloody fighting by Soldiers and Marines. However, the author posits that the inconvenient truth is that easy fighting theories cannot be relied upon to deliver high-stakes results.

"Tactics for Small Wars," a Landpower Essay, an Institute of Land Warfare publication, July 2008

This year's topics of interest for the contest include the future of landpower, the strategic role of landpower, and the Army's role in national security. Essays must be original and must not be previously published or exceed 5,000 words. All entries must be postmarked by 17 February 2012 in order to be accepted. Everyone except those involved in the judging is eligible to enter and win.

Landpower Essays | Association of the United States Army

The ongoing effort among the U.S. ground force concept development communities to describe the strategic value and role of land-based military power in the future is an opportunity to think about how these institutions go about thinking of wicked problems — and why. Wicked problems have no definable problem statement, no objectively correct answer, and layers of uncertainty and unpredictability that make efforts to “solve” them, especially through bureaucratic consensus, naive. Developing successful approaches to these wicked problems is impossible if we believe existing paradigms already provide the conventional frames, references, and processes for mechanically answering these concerns. This essay suggests that the landpower stakeholders should view this period of uncertainty in pre-paradigm terms. That new frame has three immediate implications: a reconsideration of whom the stakeholders ought to include in the broader community of interest; a resetting of expectations about what is achievable by the existing concept development process; and a realignment of the efforts used to study these wicked problems.

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In this new Institute of Land Warfare's Landpower Essay Colonel John D. Rosenberger, USA Retired, examines the debate surrounding traditional Cavalry organizations - not the mechanized infantry and armor units bearing the name only, but those units that perform reconnaissance and security missions for their parent unit - and their potential role (or lack thereof) in the Future Force.

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The article reports on the 2012 Strategic Landpower Essay Contest sponsored by the Army War College and the Army War College Foundation, which is designed to advance professional knowledge of the strategic role of landpower in joint and multinational operations.

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The Army War College and the Army War College Foundation are sponsoring the 2012 Strategic Landpower Essay Contest. The competition is designed to advance professional knowledge of the strategic role of landpower in joint and multinational operations.

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The article presents a reprint of the article "Landpower Essay No. 07-1," which appeared in the February 2007 issue of "Institute of Land Warfare." The section discusses the importance of constructive engagement in the synchronization of diplomatic and military operations at the tactical level....