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2019 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition
Contest opens 1 January 2019 and closes 15 July 2019.
Suggested Themes and Topics for Future Editions
Field Manual 3-0: Doctrine Addressing Today’s Fight
Members of U.S. Army Combined Arms Center Commander’s Initiative Group discuss the need for Army leaders to embrace and master the doctrine put forward in Field Manual 3-0, Operations, to rapidly align the Army culture with its latest doctrine.
No “Ordinary Crimes” An Alternative Approach to Securing Global Hotspots and Dense Urban Areas
This article placed second in the 2018 DePuy writing contest. A senior military police officer proffers a compelling argument that crime has a greater impact on global instability than peer conventional threats.
Emerging U.S. Army Doctrine: Dislocated with Nuclear-Armed Adversaries and Limited War
The author believes that limited warfare is much more likely in the future than large-scale combat operations (LSCO), as the threat posed by nuclear-armed adversaries decreases the likelihood of LSCO, and U.S. doctrine fails to consider the potential for the use of nuclear weapons..
Identity: Enabling Soldiers, Supporting the Mission
By making effective use of current tools—and in the future, artificial intelligence—identity activities will enable the joint force to deny the enemy anonymity, distinguish combatants from noncombatants, and take the fight to our opponents. The author describes how identity activities are a critical enabler to military operations.
Priorities of the Construction of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Conditions of Development of Forms and Methods of Contemporary Armed Struggle
The author provides a discussion of the doctrinal revisions and new priorities for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan as a result of the approval of the Defense Doctrine of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2018.
Five Operational Lessons from the Battle for Mosul
The battle for Mosul provides a blueprint for future large-scale combat operations in dense urban environments. The authors provide five observations from that battle that should guide the operational approach to the next urban fight.
Waging Wars Where War Feeds Itself
In this third place winner of the 2018 DePuy writing contest, the author opines that there is a new type of siege warfare that creates a situation wherein war feeds itself, turning the densely populated areas in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East into hot spots the Army is least prepared for.
Negotiation Education: An Institutional Approach
Negotiation education and training at all levels can help Army officers solve complex problems that require cooperative solutions. The authors propose a more robust, progressive negotiation education that builds throughout an officer’s professional military education.
Venezuela, a “Black Swan” Hot Spot: Is a Potential Operation in Venezuela Comparable to Operation Just Cause in Panama?
This is a 2018 DePuy writing contest honorable mention placing article. As Venezuela faces a historic socioeconomic disaster that may lead to a failed state in the Americas, the authors and considers the ramifications of a possible military intervention by combined regional powers to end the crisis. A senior member of the Department of Homeland Security discusses this possibility and compares the potential scenario to the 1989 U.S. intervention in Panama.
China's New Style Warfare: Call for Papers
Military Review invites the submission of articles that discuss China as a peacetime competitor and adversary, as well as a potential wartime enemy of the United States.
Visualizing the Synchronization of Space Systems in Operational Planning
Gaining and maintaining a relative advantage in a multi-domain environment will require the synchronization of tactical actions across all domains—including the actions of space systems—to achieve strategic ends. The author offers an explanation of space systems and provides a visualization tool that a staff might produce to achieve that synchronization.
Corruption and Corrosion in Latin America
A political scientist traces the history of corruption in Latin America, describes some of its more notorious recent examples, and analyzes the poisonous and corrosive effects of corruption on freedom and democracy in the region that are fostering an unstable regional and hemispheric security environment.
Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov’s 2018 Presentation to the General Staff Academy: Thoughts on Future Military Conflict—March 2018
A Russian affairs expert translates a speech by Russian General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, “The Influence of the Contemporary Nature of Armed Struggle on the Focus of the Construction and Development of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Priority Tasks of Military Science in Safeguarding the Country’s Defense.”
Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
The author critiques a book by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that summarizes the development of the U.S. intelligence community over the past fifty years, provides insights into the intelligence profession itself, and bluntly describes what the author considers the biggest current threat to our national security.
“No Mail, Low Morale” The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, an all-female, all-African American unit, provided mail delivery support to soldiers in Europe during World War II. The unit was recently commemorated with a monument on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.