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German soldiers from 2 Company Multinational Engineer Battalion
  • Futures Command

  • What nations consider themselves to be at war or in conflict with the United States? Nonstate actors? How are they conducting war, and what does this mean for the Army?

  • What operational and logistical challenges are foreseen due to infrastructure limitations in potential foreign areas of operation and how can we mitigate them?

  • What lessons did we learn during recent hurricane relief operations?

  • What is the role of the military in protecting natural resources?

  • What lessons have we learned from U.S. counterinsurgent military assistance in Africa?

  • What are the security threats, concerns, and events resulting from mass refugee immigration into Europe?

  • Saudi Arabia and Iran: How are cultural changes in both societies affecting the operational environment and potential for conflict between them?

  • Iran: What should the U.S. military do to prepare for and promote normalization?

  • Case study: How does Japan's effort to establish the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" compare with current Chinese efforts to expand control over the South China Sea?

  • Are changes demanded to the professional development models of the officer and NCO structure in the face of large scale combat operations and increased readiness requirements?

  • What is the correlation between multi-domain operations and large-scale combat operations?

  • How should this impact the Army’s training, readiness, and doctrine?

  • What material solutions are required to fulfill the Army's unified land operations obligations in large scale combat operations?

  • What is needlessly duplicated in the Army (e.g., what should be done away with, how should the Army adjust, and how would it benefit)?

  • What must be done to adjust junior leader development to a modern operational environment?

  • What must we do to develop a more effective means of developing and maintaining institutional memory in order to deal with emerging challenges?

  • What is the role for the Army in homeland security operations? What must the Army be prepared for?

  • Case studies: How do we properly integrate emerging technology?

  • What are the potential adverse impacts on military standards due to factors associated with poor integration of new cultures, ethnicities, or racial considerations and how can those impacts be mitigated?

  • Case study: How is gender integration changing the Army and how it operates?

  • Case study: How does tactical-level military governance during occupation following World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom compare?

  • After eighteen years of institutional/operational experience largely focused on counterinsurgency, how do we return to preparing for large-scale combat operations?
  • See/understand/seize fleeting opportunities?
  • Develop the situation in contact and chaos?
  • Offset “one-off” dependencies and contested domains?
  • Rapidly exploit positions of advantage?
  • Survive in hyperlethal engagements?
  • Continuously present multiple dilemmas to the enemy?
  • Decide and act at speed?
  • Fully realize mission command?

March-April 2019