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U.S. Army War College Key Strategic Issues List, 2015-2016

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Technical Report

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Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute Carlisle United States

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The global security environment remains volatile, uncertain and complex and the velocity of instability around the world has increased dramatically. The recently published National Military Strategy highlights the growing global disorder and increasing unpredictability. The complexity of this dynamic security environment is captured in the Armys new operating concept, Win in a Complex World. The challenge that we face is clearly articulated in the Army Vision Our Army also stands at an inflection point. Emerging from fourteen years of war, facing significant budgetary pressures, and confronted with an increasingly complex security environment, we must determine what kind of Army the Nation will need for the future. Our exclusive use of previous paradigms is insufficient for the task ahead. That task requires in-depth examination of the security environment thorough analysis of recent military operations and conflicts to determine future trends and responses understanding emerging technologies and their application to Landpower and proposing innovative ways to develop future leaders for optimal performance. Now more than ever, we need to focus the efforts of the Armys educational institutions on addressing these unique challenges. The Key Strategic Issues List KSIL, developed by the U.S. Army War College, in coordination with Headquarters Department of the Army HQDA and Major Commands throughout the Army, includes issues that must be addressed to ensure the Army of 2025 and beyond will continue to meet the needs of the nation. I strongly encourage those conducting research through our Senior Service Colleges and Fellows experiences, and other researchers, to consider the issues listed in the KSIL. As we build a new future to deal with this growing complexity, the Army will require evolutionary change, and this change begins by changing mindsets.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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