WPR Feature: The Future Face of Conflict

WPR Feature: The Future Face of Conflict

In the midst of two wars and with an "era of persistent conflict" foreseen ahead, America and its military are confronting battlefield urgencies and operational complexities that challenge the very way in which we conceive of warfare. Whether on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, or on the waters off of Somalia, the reality of today's conflicts have exposed gaps in our tactical thinking and operational approach to waging war.

The responses have combined doctrinal evolutions and operational innovations, demonstrating once again the strategic asset represented by American ingenuity and creative thinking. But they have also generated a passionate and at times heated debate, both within the military and the academy. In our first set of biweekly feature articles centered around a theme, WPR takes a look at the Future Face of Conflict, in an effort to put those debates in context.

In The U.S. Army's Doctrinal Renaissance, Jack Kem of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the genesis and significance of the Army's recently released Stability Operations manual, and what it means for future warfighting.

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