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Call for Applications: MWI Non-Resident Fellows and Adjunct Scholars

The Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point cordially invites all interested parties to submit applications for its Non-Resident Fellowship and Adjunct Scholars Programs. Background The Modern War Institute is a research center at West Point devoted to the study of contemporary conflict by conducting rigorous and original research, convening interdisciplinary panels, speaker series, and conferences, and educating the next generation of military leaders. MWI’s Non-Resident Fellowship and Adjunct Scholars Programs assemble some of the world’s top thinkers, scholars, and practitioners of modern war and warfare. The purpose of the program is to enhance the rigor of the institute’s...

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Video: Max Brooks on the Importance of Championing Creativity in the Military

On November 19, Max Brooks, an MWI non-resident fellow and author of the New York Times-bestselling novel World War Z, visited West Point to speak to cadets and faculty about the importance of creativity in modern war. Tracing the course off some of the most important innovations in US military history, Brooks makes the case that it isn’t just the innovator that is critical, but leaders who empower creative thinking in a traditionally hierarchical and rigid organization. As war becomes increasingly complex, Brooks argues, both that creativity and the courage to champion it will be vital to success on the battlefield....

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Max Brooks Talks Creativity with Cadets

On Thursday, January 19, Max Brooks discussed the importance of creative thinking to a roomful of cadets. As part of the Modern War institute’s Speaker Series, Brooks, an MWI Non-Resident Fellow, drew on lessons ranging from the novelty of a TV show like The Sopranos to the invention of the M1 carbine by a bootlegger in a North Carolina prison as examples of creativity that had a lasting impact. He stressed that it took courage to champion new ideas in the face of cultural resistance or bureaucratic inertia. Brooks asked why we did not invite the North Vietnamese, who...

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Conference Report: “Reassessing Deterrence in the 21st Century”

In November, the Modern War Institute hosted its inaugural Class of 2006 War Studies Conference. The conference is organized to bring together distinguished representatives from the private sector, government, academia,the think-tank community, and the joint military services to debate and discuss issues related to modern war and warfare. This year’s conference explored the question of whether deterrence, a hallmark of Cold War-era defense policy, is still relevant in an increasingly multipolar world, one increasingly characterized by threats posed by violent non-state actors, hackers, a multitude of small wars, as well as the proliferation of nuclear armed states and our traditional near-peer...

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