Joint All-Domain Command and Control

The Department of Defense (DOD) is in the process of a once-in-a-generation modernization of its approach to commanding military forces. Senior DOD leaders have stated that the department’s existing command and control architecture is insufficient to meet the demands of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS). Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is DOD’s concept… Continue Reading Joint All-Domain Command and Control

Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Gun-Launched Guided Projectile

This report provides background information and issues for Congress on three potential new ship-based self-defense weapons for the Navy—solid state lasers (SSLs), the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG), and the gun-launched guided projectile (GLGP), also known as the hypervelocity projectile (HVP).   More at Amazon.com  

Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles

The Navy wants to develop and procure three types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) called Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs), and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs). The Navy’s proposed FY2022 budget requests $434.1 million in research and development funding for these large UVs and their enabling technologies. The Navy wants… Continue Reading Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles

U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas

In an international security environment described as one of renewed great power competition, the South China Sea (SCS) has emerged as an arena of U.S.-China strategic competition. China’s actions in the SCS in recent years—including extensive island-building and base-construction activities at sites that it occupies in the Spratly Islands, as well as actions by its… Continue Reading U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces

Even though the United States has reduced the number of warheads deployed on its long-range missiles and bombers, consistent with the terms of the 2010 New START Treaty, it is also developing new delivery systems for deployment over the next 10-30 years. At the present time, the U.S. land-based ballistic missile force (ICBMs) consists of… Continue Reading U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces

Navy Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) Program

The Navy’s new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program envisions procuring a class of 24to 35 new amphibious ships to support the Marine Corps, particularly in implementing a new Marine Corps operational concept called Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). (A June 17, 2021, long-range Navy shipbuilding document envisions procuring a total of 24 to 35 LAWs,… Continue Reading Navy Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) Program

India-U.S. Relations

India is expected to become the world’s most populous country, home to about one of every six people. Many factors combine to infuse India’s government and people with “great power” aspirations: its rich civilization and history; expanding strategic horizons; energetic global and international engagement; critical geography (with more than 9,000 miles of land borders, many… Continue Reading India-U.S. Relations

Changes in the Arctic

The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and has substantial interests in the region. The seven other Arctic states are Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland,… Continue Reading Changes in the Arctic

Maintaining the High Ground: The Profession and Ethic in Large-Scale Combat Operations

Volume 10 of the United States Army’s Large Scale Combat Operations book series, Maintaining the High Ground: The Profession and Ethic in Large-Scale Combat Operations combines discussions and historical case studies from the past seventy-five years to address ethical challenges for the Army Profession. Healthy and functioning professions facilitate the employment of expert knowledge to serve… Continue Reading Maintaining the High Ground: The Profession and Ethic in Large-Scale Combat Operations