The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute is committed to support the Peace and Stability Operations community with high quality publications developed through a disciplined approach to research and analysis that addresses USG and international policy-relevant issues at both the national / strategic level and in support of the US and multinational operational forces and interagency elements. Through our comprehensive publications program we look to provide visibility to the challenging Peace and Stability Operations issues facing the nation and the world and hopefully stimulate thought and analysis to come to recommendations and solutions to tough problems.
- April 1, 2009
- The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower
Author: Nathan Freier
This monograph describes one among many potential points of departure for upcoming QDR deliberations on landpower force planning. In opening up decision space for the new defense team, it concludes that DoD should initiate an unconventional revolution when fashioning U.S. land forces so as to optimize them for employment against less traditional but still violent—and often nonmilitary—threats to core U.S. interests.
- November 1, 2008
- Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development
Author: Nathan Freier
This monograph argues that thoughtful evaluation of the most plausible defense-relevant shocks and their deliberate integration into DoD strategy and planning provides senior defense officials with key checks on excessive convention. Further, the institutionalization of deliberate net and risk assessment of defense-relevant shocks, reasoned judgments about their origins, and preliminary analysis of the most appropriate responses to them promises to routinize prudent hedging in DoD strategy and planning.
- August 1, 2008
- The American Military Advisor: Dealing with Senior Foreign Officials in the Islamic World
Author: Michael J. Metrinko
This introductory paper concerns the role of the American military advisor. Military officers have
frequently been called upon to serve as advisors to foreign officials and to play seminal roles in the
political and development realms overseas.