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

  • 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 is the progress in development of Futures Command?

  • Technology advancements and their application

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

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

  • China case study: How does Japan's effort to establish the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" compare with current Chinese efforts to develop the “New Silk Road” and assert control over the South China Sea?

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

  • Update on status of the regional power rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran

  • What are the security threats, concerns, and events resulting from illegal immigration globally?

  • What must we do to create 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?

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

  • 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?


Large-Scale Combat Operations

    How do we foster deep institutional focus on large-scale combat operations (LSCO)?

  • Needed restructuring?

  • 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 (including attacks using weapons of mass destruction)?

  • Continuously present multiple dilemmas to the enemy?

  • Decide and act at speed?

  • Fully realize mission command?

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

  • Changes demanded to the professional development models of the officer and noncommissioned officer structure?

  • Increased readiness challenges?

  • Required adjustments that need to be made among the Army’s support elements to reset for LSCO (e.g., personnel, logistics, medical, etc.)?

  • What is the correlation between multi-domain operations and LSCO? Impact on the Army’s training, readiness, and doctrine?

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

  • Hypersonic weapons: What are their real capabilities? How do we defend against them?





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November-December 2019