Combined Arms Center (CAC) Commander’s Top Priority Research Topic List – 2007-2008

Approved: 16 October 2007 Annually, the CAC Commander issues a top-priority research topic list as a general guide to CGSC/SAMS students and other CAC agencies conducting professional research or writing for professional publication on issues of importance to the military. In addition, the CAC Commander has directed that Military Review use the annual list as a guide for evaluating the relevance of manuscripts submitted to Military Review for consideration of publication. The approved list includes topics specified by the CAC Commander himself together with those he approved from recommendations made by the CAC Senior Editorial Board. Originally organized in 2004 with representation from the major subordinate organizations at Fort Leavenworth, the Board is chartered to advise the Commander on measures aimed at ensuring that CAC- and government-sponsored research is appropriate and relevant to the current war on terrorism. Below is the list of research topics identified as being of greatest interest to CAC for the school year 2007-2008. Though topics fall into many fairly specific areas of interest, they are broad enough to allow considerable latitude in selecting topics on a wide variety of subjects that deserve careful research in support of Army objectives: 1. Resetting the Force: Army Challenges in Post-Conflict Eras (CSI) 2. The Interagency Process at Work: Case Studies (CSI) 3. Integrating Conventional and Special Operating Forces (CSI) 4. Training of Indigenous forces (CGSC) 5. The Role of Military Education in a Time of War (CGSC) 6. Fielding and training a new national army and police force: Afghanistan and Iraq (FMSO) 7. The Relationship of Military Force and “Soft Power” in the Current and Future World Order (MR) 8. Grace under Pressure: NATO, ISAF, and the Prospect of a Long Conflict in Afghanistan, implications for the evolution of the Alliance (SAMS) 1

9. Failing States, Humanitarian Intervention, and Conflict Resolution. An examination of the selected post-Cold War humanitarian interventions and their resolutions with implications for force commitments overtime (SAMS) 10. Leader Development/Training Changes Necessary to Develop both the Art and Science of Battle Command Across the Force (BCID) 11. Illusions of Progress: Generating Short-term Metrics for Longterm Conflicts (CSI) 12. A Professional Officer’s Dilemma: When and How to Speak Out Leading the Next Generation of Soldiers (The Millennium or “Y” Generation) (CGSC) 13. Principles and Tenets of Employing Amnesty as a Tool for Conflict Resolution Derived from Historical Case Studies (MR) - American Civil War - El Salvador - Nicaragua - Northern Ireland 14. The Kaleidoscope of Cultures and the Contemporary Operating Environment: How Do we educate and train leaders to deal with complex operational environments where culture and language define access to the human terrain? (SAMS) 15. Hezbollah and the New Model of Insurgent Mobilization: The Case of the Lebanon War of 2006 (SAMS) - A Hammer in Search of Nails: Israel in Lebanon, 2006 (CSI) 16. U.S. Army Institutional Learning in the Post-Conflict Environment (CSI) 17. Making the Transition: From Conventional Operations to COIN (CSI) 18. Foreign Information Warfare (FMSO) 19. Post- Iraq War Army: The Organizational Officer’s Role in Reconstitution (CGSC) 20. Logistical Support to COIN (CGSC) 21. Strategic Redeployment of Forces: Case studies on the redeployment of forces in the context of an on-going conflict and the politics of conflict redefinition. British withdrawal from Kenya, French withdrawal from Algeria, Israeli withdrawal from Sinai, US withdrawal from Vietnam, Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, US Army from the South at the end of Reconstruction. (SAMS) 22. Multinational Operations in China (CGSC)


23. Conflict Termination: Successful and Unsuccessful Transitions from Combat to Dialogue (CGSC) 24. Geopolitics and Geo-Strategy for the 21st Century: Reinterpretations of Geo-Strategic Balance in the Age of Terrorism (SAMS) 25. Information Operations and National Security for Small States: The cybernetic assault on Estonia and the Response of the European Union to a Member under attack (SAMS) 26. Illegal Immigration as an Asymmetric Weapon (MR) - Albanian Conquest of Kosovo - U.S. Conquest of Texas and the South Western States - Chinese Patterns of Generational Conquest by Assimilation 27. Manning ground forces for protracted, regional conflicts. A consideration of alternative solutions – expanded AVF, robust military contracting, and universal military service. (SAMS) 28. Military Intervention Operations in Africa (CSI) 29. Goals and tactics of non-State armed forces (FMSO) 30. Planning for withdrawal (FMSO) 31. Threats to US borders (FMSO) 32. Developing Agile, Multi-skilled Leaders among Strategic Privates and Lieutenants (CGSC) 33. Case study on the Soldier load requirements for dismounted operations in a COIN environment (CALL) 34. Ethical Challenges in COIN (CSI) 35. Ground vs. Aerial Precision Fires: Finding the Balance (CSI) 36. Fratricide: Causes and Remedies (CSI) 37. Soldier Morale and Unit Cohesion in COIN Operations (CSI) 38. Iranian ground tactics (FMSO) 39. Regional challenges in Northern Africa (FMSO) 40. The role of China in US National Security Affairs (FMSO) 41. Interservice Organizational Relationships During the 20th Century (CGSC) 42. Helping the “Stab-in-the-Back”: The End of the Great War as a Case Study in Flawed Conflict Termination (CGSC) 43. White Hoods and Carpetbaggers, 1865-1877: Reconstruction as a Case Study in Flawed Conflict Termination (CGSC) 44. The Mesopotamian Uprising after World War I: A Case Study in Flawed Conflict Termination (CGSC) 45. Chinese emphasis on Global Employment of D, I and E (from DIME) in an asymmetric conflict against the U.S.: the Quiet Chinese Conquest of Latin America, Africa, and Asia (MR) 3

46. Chinese Intentions Toward Taiwan: Awaiting the Ripening of the Moment for Military Action (MR) 47. After Castro: Avoiding the Mistakes of the Past in Dealing with Cuba (MR) 48. Iran: Eating Humble Pie and Public Diplomacy to Enlist Iranian Support for Ending the Conflict in Iraq (MR) 49. The Prospects for Sino-Russian Strategic Cooperation and Implications for US National Security Strategy (SAMS) 50. Sanctuary and the Long War: Implications of Sanctuary for Insurgent Groups in Pakistan and the Stability of Afghanistan (SAMS) 51. India as a Regional Power: Implications for US-Indian Military Contacts (SAMS) 52. Terrorist Threats from the European Union: National Policies and International Cooperation (SAMS) 53. Principles of Applying Computer Network Operations in Warfare (USAEWP) 54. Cyber-Electronic Warfare in Today’s Environment (USAEWP) 55. Capabilities and Functions required to Enable the Commander to Develop and Maintain Situational Awareness and Situational Understanding (G3) (BCID) 56. How Future Army Modular Achieve Decision Superiority during Full Spectrum Operations (G3) (BCID) 57. Managing Battlefield Capability: How We Handle Contractors on the Battlefield (from Bosnia to LOGCAP III and Beyond) (BCID) 58. Interoperability with Contractors or Other Agencies on the Battlefield (BCID) 59. Back to Basics: Reinventing Training Management at the Battalion-level to Support BCTs (BCID) 60. Rethinking the American Industrial Base in time of war (ammunition capacity, non-American technology nested in critical wartime components, etc.) (BCID) 61. Focusing the Digital Warfight: Why We Need to Re-think our Approach to Training Digitally. What Does Knowledge Management Really Mean? Digital Divide at Battalion and Below? (BCID) 62. Application of Martial Law on the Battlefield and to Turn the Fight Over to the Dept of State. (BCID) 63. What Does “Multi-Component” Mean and How Can We Make It Work? (BCID) 64. The “Good Enough” Standard in Time of War: What Does It Mean and How to Apply It with the JCIDS Process. (BCID) 4

65. JCIDS Process Assessment: Does it Provide the Agility necessary to Provide Software Intensive Systems to the Warfighter in a Timely Manner? Or in a Protracted Conflict? (BCID) 66. JCIDS Process Assessment: Does it provide the Agility necessary to Serve a Nation at War? (BCID) 67. Military Decision Making Process and Collaborative Battle Command: Still Relevant? (SAMS) 68. Bridging the Current to Future Force Battle Command (Do We Have a Plan?) (CADD) 69. Are We Developing TTPs and Doctrine that are Successfully Moving Us from the Information Age to the Knowledge Age and Have We Taken DOTMLPF Approach to Knowledge Management? (BCKS) 70. Organizing COIN in Full-Spectrum Environment: Achieving a “Whole of Government Approach” at Regional level with BCTs, MiTTs, PTTs, and Provincial Reconstruction Teams (COIN) 71. Adjustments in C2 Processes are needed to Better Prosecute Operations in a Counterinsurgency Environment (COIN) 72. Detainee Operations: Planning Considerations and Imperatives that can Transform Detainee Operations into a Force Multiplier (COIN) 73. Doctrinal Tools to Incorporate a Mindset Adequate to the Challenges of Counterinsurgency in Post-Colonial Environment (COIN)