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U.S. Army War College Key Strategic Issues List 2013-2014

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Today s global environment is the most uncertain the Army has faced in several decades. It is unpredictable and dynamic. We do not know when we will have to deploy Soldiers to fight again but history tells us that we will. We owe it to them to ensure they have the proper resources to be ready when needed. Research on the topics contained in this document will assist us in shaping the Army of the future. In 2012, the Army began with an initial vision of this future in the Army Strategic Planning Guidance ASPG. The 2013 ASPG refined that vision by incorporating a year s worth of study, analysis, and experience. Through research in the following topics, we will continue to transition to the Army of the future. We organized these topics to support the four imperatives and related objectives discussed in the 2013 ASPG. We must decide which capabilities and knowledge gained over the past decade-plus of combat we will develop further, which we will maintain, and which we will allow to go dormant. We must decide how to organize, train, and equip our Army efficiently to prepare it for the uncertain global environment ahead of us. To assist in doing so, we publish the Army Priorities for Strategic Analysis APSA. The Chief of Staff, Army is keenly interested in each of the topics listed however, I highlight a subset of these topics at the front of the document, the analysis of which is truly critical to the Army s future success, and I strongly encourage U.S. Army War College students and Fellows to consider those priority issues, as well as others listed in the APSA. The Army needs your study and analysis today more than ever. The APSA also provides fertile ground to be tilled by our external research associates. Given today s fiscal realities and the dynamic strategic environment, the Army s vision, direction, and objectives must continue to evolve so that we can adapt to global challenges.

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

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