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Suggested Writing Themes and Topics-2024


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  • From the U.S. military perspective, what are the greatest external threats to the United States? Why, and how?
  • Are there nations that consider themselves to be at war with the United States? If so, how are they conducting war, and what would increase the probabilities of their success?
  • Is there a new “Cold War”? If so, who make up the new confederated blocs (i.e., the new “Axis” powers) aligned against the United States, and how do they cooperate with each other? What types of treaties or agreements do they have that outline relationships they share to reinforce each other?
  • Who best synchronizes DIME (diplomacy, information, military, and economic elements of power) to achieve strategic goals? Contrast and compare employment of DIME by China, Russia, Iran, and the United States. How should the United States defend itself against foreign DIME?
  • Does China have an “Achilles’ heel”? What is its center of gravity? If it has one, how can it best be attacked/exploited?”
  • What does China view as the United States’ “Achilles’ heel” or center of gravity? (e.g., Trade relations? Resource shortages? Diminishing technological manufacturing base? Societal instability and factionalism?) How specifically is it exploiting these?
  • How should the United States respond to Chinese aggression toward Taiwan?
  • What lessons are we learning from Russia’s war with Ukraine? What should be the next steps for the United States? What should be the desired end state from a U.S. perspective?
  • What is the impact of irregular immigration on the security of the United States?
  • What is the status of security force assistance brigades (SFAB)? What is the future for SFABs?
  • What is the role now of the U.S. Armed Forces in Africa? Far East? Middle East?
  • What logistical challenges will the U.S. military face in large-scale combat operations?
  • What does the future hold for nanoweapons? Electromagnetic warfare? Artificial intelligence? Information warfare? How is the Army planning to mitigate effects?


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November-December 2023