As we range in the new year, we introduced another new series — “Great Captains” — which tells the stories of powerful and successful military leaders. We rebranded our podcast presentations as Warcasts, several of which focused on regional issues and included special guest commentators from inside and outside the Department of Defense. The new National Security Strategy was also a focus in January, as we published articles and held a faculty roundtable to discuss its contents and implications

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Volume 4 (Winter Qtr 2018) INDEX of Articles and Features
WEEK OF 1 JANUARY 2018
GREAT CAPTAINS: COMMAND & THOSE WHO DID IT BEST

by Jacqueline E. Whitt and Tom Galvin, released 3 January

Opening article for War Room’s Great Captains series on exceptional military leaders, providing insights to help develop greatness among today’s officers.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: THE LESSONS OF FAILURE (GREAT CAPTAINS)

by Len Fullenkamp and Andrew A. Hill, released 3 January

Presenters Len Fullenkamp and Andrew A. Hill tell a compelling story about how George Washington overcame failure to successfully lead the American Revolution.

WEEK OF 8 JANUARY 2018 – FOCUS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY: DEGRADING THE U.S.’S ABILITY TO MOBILIZE?

by Ken Gilliam, released 9 January

Argues that the gap between the strategy’s goals and available resources will result in reduced U.S. capability to get to the next fight.

ARMY WAR COLLEGE ROUNDTABLE ON THE NEW(?) NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY

by Mark Duckenfield, Richard Lacquement, Michelle Ryan, and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 11 January

Army War College faculty discuss the National Security Strategy released the previous month, its relationship to strategies past, and implications for the military.

WEEK OF 15 JANUARY 2018
KILLING WITH AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS SYSTEMS

by Michael Saxon and Christopher Korpela, released 17 January

Discusses the moral arguments on all sides of the question of lethal autonomous weapon systems — how does their development influence just war theory?

BUILDING THE CONTINENTAL ARMY: VON STEUBEN’s “BLUE BOOK” (DUSTY SHELVES)

by Jack Giblin and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 19 January

Podcast tells the story of how the Continental Army’s first training manual, written in 1779 by Baron von Steuben, came about.</p?

WEEK OF 22 JANUARY 2018
PERSPECTIVES ON STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP — GEN. ROBIN RAND, U.S. AIR FORCE GLOBAL STRIKE COMMAND

by Robin Rand and Buck Haberichter, released 23 January

Commander, U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command discusses strategic leadership in today’s dynamic, complex environment.

WEEK OF 29 JANUARY 2018
WE WON … NOW WHAT? HOW TO SECURE VICTORY — A PODCAST

by Bill Flavin and Scott Braderman, released 30 January

Reflecting on the problems of post-conflict Iraq, this podcast discusses joint and interagency efforts to prepare for future post-conflict situations.

THE TET OFFENSIVE: 50 YEARS LATER — A PODCAST

by Frank Jones and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 31 January

Discusses the Tet Offensive, a significant event of the Vietnam War that, a half- century later, provides important lessons for today’s military.

FIVE ENDURING BARRIERS TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Larry Goodson, released 2 February 2018

Five enduring, persistent dichotomies fuel tension and conflict in the Middle East — lasting peace is impossible unless we understand and address them.

WEEK OF 5 FEBRUARY 2018
COOK’S ‘MIDNIGHT DRAWINGS’ AND THEIR HAUNTING VIEWS OF WAR (DUSTY SHELVES)

by Jim McNally and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 6 February

Discusses the “midnight drawings” of a Korean War veteran and PTSD sufferer who coped by sketching scenes of the war and fellow soldiers. This haunting collection is held at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

MAX BOOT ON THE LURE OF SIMPLE MILITARY SOLUTIONS — A PODCAST

by Max Boot and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 8 February

Guest commentator discusses potential for becoming trapped in an unconventional fight where tactical successes are undermined by strategic setbacks.

SYNTHETIC READINESS: THE REMEDY FOR FUTURE JOINT READINESS

by Heath Niemi, released 9 February

It is time to embrace a revolution in training: “synthetic readiness”. Virtual and augmented reality is the next great leap in training military forces.

WEEK of 12 FEBRUARY 2018
NEW RECRUITS GET TWO BLANKETS; MOBILIZING RESERVISTS, ONE

by Garri Hendell, released 13 February

Army reservist presents negative experiences during reservist mobilization and argues that the Army is inconsistent in applying mobilization standards.

THE STRANGE BLOODLESS COUP IN ZIMBABWE — A WARCAST

by Chris Wyatt and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 16 February

WAR ROOM podcast tells the story surrounding the house arrest, coup, and resignation of Zimbabwean President Mugabe and what it means for country’s future.

WEEK OF 19 FEBRUARY 2018
GAME ON: GETTING AMERICAN POWER BACK IN THE FIELD

by Nate Freier, Trey Braun, Al Lord, Mike Hatfield, Jim Hayes, and Andrew Ulmer, released 20 February

The U.S.’s reluctance to act as a great power has rendered it outmaneuvered by its competitors — will the new National Defense Strategy chart a corrective path?

ORGANIZED CRIME: NOT WHAT YOU SEE ON TV — A WARCAST

by Paul Kan and Jacqueline E. Whitt, released 23 February

Presents how organized crime is an important force in the global environment. Also dispels a number of popular but misleading myths..

WEEK OF 26 FEBRUARY 2018
HOPE IS NOT ‘A’ STRATEGY: IT’S THE ONLY STRATEGY

by Jeremy Weber, released 27 February

“Hope is not a strategy” can quickly curtail strategic discourse, but this article shows how hope has been historically central to U.S. grand strategy.

PRESERVING MILITARY HISTORY: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE — A WARCAST

by Arjun Subramaniam and Patrick Bratton, released 3 March

Special guest Air Vice Marshal (Dr.) Arjun Subramaniam provides his perspectives on relationships between India and the U.S., and discuss the importance of preserving a nation’s military history.

WEEK OF 5 MARCH 2018
MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLE, 1781: THE LESSONS OF YORKTOWN

by Theodore Zagraniski, released 7 March

It is difficult to win on a battlefield with each domain equally contested. Yorktown shows how selective control can bring great strategic effects.

HOW DO GREAT STRATEGIC LEADERS DEVELOP OTHERS? — A WARCAST

by John Kem and Andrew A. Hill, released 9 March

The Army War College’s 51st Commandant discusses what good strategic leaders do to develop others and construct positive developmental climates.

WEEK OF 12 MARCH 2018
“UNITED IN DIVERSITY”: THE EUROPEAN UNION LOOKS FORWARD

by Ludwig Blaurock and Darrell Driver, released 13 March

Special guest from the European Union delegation to the U.S. discusses the strengthening relationship between the EU, US, and NATO.

ERIN GO BRUSSELS: TREATY OF BRUSSELS AT 70

by Joel Hillison, released 16 March

War Room welcomes special guest Michael Morell, former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2010-2013. He discusses the evolution of strategic intelligence since 9/11 and moral and ethical challenges analysts continuously face.

WEEK OF 19 MARCH 2018
SOUTH AFRICA’S ELECTIONS AND THE MATURING OF DEMOCRACY — A WARCAST

by Dan Hampton and Chris Wyatt, released 20 March

For the first time in the post-apartheid era, South Africa’s ruling party is vulnerable. What does this potentially mean for the nation’s future?

BELIEVING IS SEEING: ON STRATEGIC IMAGINATION

by Andrew A. Hill and Douglas Douds, released 23 March

Using Grant’s experience of turning defeat into apparent victory, the authors show how social construction of perceptions can overcome tactical realities.

WEEK OF 26 MARCH 2018
GOOD (BORDER) FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS? ON THE U.S. AND LATIN AMERICA — A WARCAST

by Eric Farnsworth and Ian Lyles, released 27 March

Special guest Eric Farnsworth from the Council of the Americas discusses both the benefits and challenges of U.S. relations with its partners in the Americas.

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