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The Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) extends the influence of AUSA by informing and educating its members; local, regional and national leaders; and the American public, on the critical nature of land forces and the importance of the United States Army. ILW carries out a broad program of activities including the publication of professional research papers, newsletters, background briefs, essays and special reports. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view most of these documents online.

To order ILW publications--free of charge--send an e-mail to; call (toll free) 800-336-4570, ext. 630, or write to AUSA's Institute of Land Warfare, ATTN: Publication Requests, 2425 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201-3385. Please provide your name, mailing address, daytime telephone number, the title of the publication you wish to receive, and the alphanumeric identifier that accompanies most of the publication titles. If you are a member of AUSA, please include your member number as well. For more information, call 800-336-4570, ext. 226.

Latest Publications
Supporting Those Who Have Given So Much: Army Medical Action Plan Update
Supporting Those Who Have Given So Much: Army Medical Action Plan Update" (Defense Report 07-3, September 2007) briefly examines the progress of the first three phases of the AMAP, including the implementation of the Army's "10 Quick Wins"--ten goals to reach by 15 June. Phase IV is set for September 2007-January 2008, when the new organizations will achieve initial operational capability. Full operational capability will occur during Phase V in the beginning of 2008. The overall purpose of the plan is to identify issues and implement solutions, leading to a streamlined system that provides the best possible medical care for Soldiers and their families. (11/2/2007)

Transforming the U.S. Army Reserve to an Operational Force
Army Reserve's role in current operations and what is required to provide needed capabilities to combatant commanders on a continuous basis. The Army Reserve has implemented an Army-wide system to establish a training, mobilization and deployment model of predictability for commanders and Soldiers called Army Force Generation, or ARFORGEN. To improve force structure, the Army Reserve is deactivating its legacy structure of Regional Readiness Commands (RRCs) and Regional Readiness Groups (RRGs) and activating Operations and Functional (O&F) Commands. Finally, to improve recruiting and retention the Army Reserve has increased its incentives, such as referral bonuses, tuition assistance, retirement benefits and better health care.

Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) Warfighters' Forum: A New Army Paradigm for Home Station Unit Training
(Torchbearer Issue Paper, October 2007) describes the Army's new training concept, the Stryker Brigade Combat Team Warfighters' Forum (SWfF), a new home station unit training paradigm that ultimately will serve as a model for light and heavy formations as well. The mission of the SWfF is to enhance SBCT leader, leader-team and unit training throughout the ARFORGEN process; to include the incorporation of lessons being learned by all SBCTs, in order for SBCTs to perform at higher levels of mission proficiency in each subsequent deployment; and to serve as a conduit of SBCT operational experience for training, doctrine and force design and as a model for other Army training and leader initiatives. The SWfF will play an increasingly critical role in transforming Army home station training and significantly enhancing Army readiness.

Key Issues Relevant to Army Intelligence Transformation
(Torchbearer National Security Report, July 2007, PDF 1.7MB)
Discusses the importance of actionable intelligence, which enables a high level of shared situational understanding. When delivered with speed, accuracy and timeliness, actionable intelligence allows commanders and Soldiers to operate at their highest potential and conduct successful operations. Four key vectors discussed in the report allow Army Intelligence to support the Army in all threat environments--traditional, irregular, disruptive and catastrophic. Fully transformed Army Intelligence will not only support ongoing operations, it will also guard against potential threats across the full spectrum of current and future operations.

The Evolution of the Pentagon's Strategic Warfighting Resource and Risk Process
(Land Warfare Paper No. 64, June 2007, PDF ) by Robert F. Larsen
Discusses the actions the Department of Defense (DoD) has taken to streamline resource management to provide a more joint outlook to weapon systems procurement and capabilities development. Since 2001, there have been major strides in the Pentagon’s strategic warfighting resource and risk process for creating systems that are “born joint,” and DoD is still trying to establish a common framework for a capability-based planning process for all the services. However, as with any major transformation, there will be areas where it can continue to improve. This paper recommends several changes to ensure DoD develops a joint force to meet the nation’s needs, with the intent to help senior leaders optimize investments in joint capabilities areas to meet current and future security challenges. (7/13/2007)

Establishing Strategic Vectors: Charting a Path for Army Transformation
by Colonel Mark Rocke and Lieutenant Colonel David Fitchitt
(Special Report, April 2007, PDF 575K) Examines General Schoomaker’s Focus Areas—the engine for change of the Army transformation efforts AUSA first highlighted three years ago. It furnishes a concise summary of the enormous change set in motion by the Focus Areas, serving as a case study in leading and managing change. It describes what the Army has learned from this experience in its quest to remain relevant to America’s security needs in an ever-changing, increasingly complex strategic and political landscape. To meet the needs of the nation, the Army will depend on its leaders to continue building “the bridge to the future” started by the Focus Areas. The Army must be flexible to adapt its path as necessary; yet unrelenting in its determination to accelerate its transformational momentum.

Army Medical Action Plan
(Defense Report 07-2, June 2007, PDF 197K) Examines the Army’s initiative to develop a sustainable system wherein wounded, injured and ill Soldiers are medically treated and vocationally rehabilitated to prepare them for successful return to duty or transition to active citizenship. This plan will ensure that the needs of operational units, Soldiers and their families are jointly met. Its mission is to support the Army’s Warrior Ethos of “I will never leave a fallen comrade” by identifying and implementing improvements in the Army’s system of caring for warriors in transition, and to establish long-term solutions that provide a lifetime of care.

Plan "C" is for Culture: Out of Iraq, Opportunity
(Landpower Essay No. 07-4, May 2007, PDF 438K ) by Gregory Paul P. Meyjes
Analyzes cultural awareness as a key element for stabilizing and rebuilding war-torn nations, and discusses how the Army can implement it in the current warfight. Recent post-conflict operations in a growing number of areas around the world—Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, to name a few—have shown a need for a new set of cultural insights with which to inform government policies and new cultural skills with which to complement the combat competencies of intervention forces. Current efforts in this vein are not doing enough—the time is right for a plan “C" that calls for the engagement of skilled and independent experts to mediate among the minorities, the state, the coalition and others in the world community, and to guide those who serve in theater

Give Voice to Your Knowledge
The Association of the United States Army’s professional education program is designed to identify, discuss and influence the outcome of significant issues that affect the Army and national defense. With that goal in mind, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare will host authors’ presentations of the year’s best Land Warfare Papers at the Association's 2007 Annual Meeting, 8-10 October in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for submitting your candidate Land Warfare Paper for Annual Meeting 2007 is 31 May. For more information, call 1-800-336-4570, ext. 226, or e-mail

Dispatches from the Front
Troop Commander Delivers Aid, Mentorship in Naray
Throughout his time in northeastern Afghanistan, Capt. Todd Polk, commander of Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron 71st Cavalry Regiment has worked with the district sub-governor, Hagi Tulzaman Zhaziaban, to stabilize the local government, set up programs to help the people, and strengthen the local police force.

Forward Support Company Comes Through for Spartan Infantrymen
Of all the long, dusty, barely-paved roads through eastern Afghanistan, few are as important as the artery a distribution platoon travels regularly to bring essential supplies to infantrymen in small patrol bases in the Pech Valley. The road that runs along the Pech River also happens to be one of the most dangerous. (4/28/2007)

Army Logistical Support Team Helps ANA Climb Toward Success
The soil beneath the boots of any Coalition soldier in Afghanistan is most likely soil that was fought for. Once a location has been acquired, firebases and camps are built up and ways are immediately sought to improve the quality of life for troops who will reside there. The same desire to provide the best to their fighters applies to the Afghan National Army, and helping make their ambitions a reality becomes the mission of a U.S. Army Logistical Support Team. (4/28/2007)

25th ID Troops Deliver Supplies to Pediatric Hospital
“They do more with less.” That’s how Capt. Christopher Curtis, the surgeon for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, described the doctors at the pediatric hospital in Kirkuk. Now, thanks to the efforts of Curtis and his team, the doctors will have more to work with when it comes to medication and supplies. (4/19/2007)

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