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July-August 2018

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The Victory Program

Excerpt from an interview with Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer, author of the "Victory Program."

Suggested Themes and Topics for Future Editions


The 75th Ranger Regiment Military Intelligence Battalion: Modernizing for Multi-Domain Battle

Maj. Paul A. Lushenko, U.S. Army

A military intelligence (MI) officer with the 75th Ranger Regiment argues that the recently established Regimental MI Battalion furthers the Ranger Regiment’s readiness through experimentation and innovation but also informs the Army’s broader structure and emerging operating concepts to help overmatch near-peer competitors.

Developing a Light Infantry-Robotic Company as a System

Maj. Zachary L. Morris, U.S. Army

Lethal autonomous weapon systems could substantially increase U.S. Army light infantry unit capabilities. The author espouses development of a light infantry-robotic company to capitalize on those advantages.

Reconnaissance beyond the Coordinated Fire Line: Division Warfighter Trends

Maj. Paul E. Roberts, U.S. Army

In decisive action training environment Warfighter exercises, divisions and corps struggle to continuously plan and execute reconnaissance operations beyond the coordinated fire line. An observer-trainer from the Mission Command Training Program offers that divisions must reempower the operations and intelligence synchronization meeting and introduce a reconnaissance cell into the main command post to overcome these challenges.

The Suwalki Gap: A Proving Ground for Cluster Munitions

Capt. Gregory Fetterman, U.S. Army

The need for cluster munitions is growing as Russia poses a credible threat of a high-intensity conflict in the Polish/Lithuanian borderland called the Suwalki Gap. An operational law attorney discusses the concerns over the use of cluster munitions and how to mitigate the risks associated with them.

A Central Asian Perspective on Russian Soft Power: The View from Tashkent

Robert F. Baumann, PhD

A scholar with expertise in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia analyzes Russian soft power, specifically as it is employed in Uzbekistan.

The Decades-Long “Double-Double Game”: Pakistan, the United States, and the Taliban

Thomas F. Lynch III, PhD

The strategic challenge of the Afghan Taliban continues to mean that the U.S. must pursue imperfect means to attain its most pressing security aim: denying international terrorists safe haven in either Afghanistan or Pakistan. In this regard, the author discusses the misalignment in U.S. and Pakistani strategies for Afghanistan and the South Asia region.

Many Voices Telling One Story: Public Affairs Operations across Africa in Support of Combatant Commanders

Capt. Jason Welch, U.S. Army

A public affairs officer (PAO) illustrates how Army PAOs must step outside traditional military leadership roles to communicate effectively on behalf of their command in the challenging environment of Africa.

Preparing Security Force Assistance Brigades for the Complexity of Human Interaction

Lt. Col. Brent A. Kauffman, U.S. Army

The U.S. Army would be well served to make significant investments in human domain training to maximize the effectiveness of security force assistance brigades as they advise, train, and assist foreign forces in their own environments. The author recommends three sources to inform a human domain training program.

Lebanese Armed Forces Implementing Instruments of National Power as Lines of Effort to Engage a Palestinian Refugee Camp

Maj. Jean Dagher, Lebanese Army

A Lebanese officer provides an insightful and detailed discourse on how his country used the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic components in an operational framework as lines of effort in dealing with a crisis in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp.


Mexico’s Fight against Transnational Organized Crime

Dr. R. Evan Ellis

The author discusses Mexico’s security challenges and its progress in combatting criminal groups and associated flows of illegal goods, and he offers recommendations for U.S. policy makers regarding support for our southern neighbor.

China-Latin America Arms Sales: Antagonizing the United States in the Western Hemisphere?

Capt. George Gurrola, U.S. Army

The author analyzes how China’s arms flows to Latin America can provide further specific insight into the maturity of China’s military relations with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Kevin Rousseau

The author reviews Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll.

Letter to the Editor

A reader comments on a previous article

Large Scale Combat Operations

A focus on the upcoming seven-book Large Scale Combat Operations series to be published by Army University Press.