2020 Online Exclusive Articles

Exclusive Online articles are published only online to support timely discussion on emerging time-sensitive issues. Online publication also allows us to publish more articles than before due to the unconstrained nature of the website.

September 2020 Online Exclusive Articles

Assault on Fortress Europe: Military Deception and Operation Fortitude South

Lt. Jason Carminati, U.S. Navy

The author provides a brief examination of key lessons learned from Operation Fortitude South, the deception plan aimed at confusing German leaders during World War II with regard to where the Allies were planning to invade Europe. The Allies’ successful planning, execution, and enforcement of rigorous security procedures were principal factors in the success of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 17 September 2020


Decisive Action Goes Digital

Col. Chad LeMay, U.S. Army, Retired
Lt. Col. Timothy J. Brown, U.S. Army, Retired
Lt. Col. David S. Collins, U.S. Army, Retired
Lt. Col. M. Shane Perkins, U.S. Army, Retired*

*Perkins is the primary author of this article.

Instructors and team leaders for the Command and General Staff School's Decisive Action Tactical Application Course detail how they transitioned their class to a distributed learning modality as part in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that virtually eliminated face-to-face classroom instruction. Working together, they devised creative solutions, to overcome numerous challenges during planning, preparation, and execution of the course and produced conditions that better simulated the uncertainty, confusion, and fog of war than previous classroom instruction.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 3 September 2020


 

August 2020 Online Exclusive Articles

Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Transitioning from Literal to Virtual Teaching at the Command and General Staff School (CGSS)

Lt. Col. George Hodge, U.S. Army, Retired
Lt. Col. Richard A. McConnell, DM, U.S. Army, Retired*
Lt. Col. Thad Weist, U.S. Army, Retired

Command and General Staff School instructors describe how they overcame significant hurdles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to successfully transition from face-to-face instruction to teaching online.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 31 August 2020


 

March 2020 Online Exclusive Articles

A Call for Dialogue with the Opponents of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

Lt. Col. Richard T. Muster, U.S. Air Force

Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) may be critical to twenty-first century warfare development. However, academics and the Silicon Valley industrial base are reluctant to develop weaponized artificial intelligence because of its potential to perform unethically and/or to grow beyond human control. The author argues in favor of LAWS development in order for the United States to remain militarily competitive in the future.

Article published on: Online Exclusive Articles 10 March 2020