Long a staple of military professional reading lists, “A Message to Garcia,” written by Elbert Hubbard continues to be considered among the most important literary works on leadership—and followership. It held a place of prominence on the Marine Corps Commandant’s reading list from the first list in 1989 all the way through 2015. We have both personally witnessed it being praised in various military education and professional development venues. And our experiences raised serious questions about the work’s enduring value. The lesson intended to be derived from the story is unclear, and its applicability to the modern military professional...Read More
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A few weeks ago, I published the article “It’s Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit.” This article received both criticism and support. Some of the supportive messages suggested that I take the next step and offer an organizational solution. If trends in both global population movement and the nature of warfare—both of which I discussed in the previous article—do in fact warrant the establishment of a brigade trained and equipped for the full range of military operations in a megacity, the next question to be addressed is clear. What would such a unit look like? One of the...Read More
New National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster could be among the most influential voices on how the military trains and equips for, and ultimately fights, its future wars. So how does he think those wars are likely to look?Read More
Innovation cultural tenets are built into military units’ DNA . . . mostly. The challenge is allowing them to bubble to the surface.Read More
John Amble | January 4, 2017 |
The Modern War Institute hosted its first annual Class of 2006 War Studies Conference in November 2016. Over three days at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the conference brought 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 a world 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 adversaries like China and Russia. On this page, you can find videos of keynote speakers, links to the conference program and post-conference report, detailed descriptions of each of the conference’s five panel discussions, and a list of conference participants. USMA Class of 2006 War Studies Conference Official Conference Registration Book Click here to view. The conference report provides detailed summaries of keynote remarks, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions, including conclusions reached about the enduring value of deterrence as a strategic concept in the 21st century. Click here to view. Conference Panels Panel 1: Revisiting Schelling, Fifty Years On Is Schelling’s concept of deterrence still relevant to today’s world? If so, how as a concept should it be applied? If not, what...Read More
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