Emerging technologies in the field of logistics

Andreas Alexa

This article focuses on the description of emerging technologies in the field of logistics and the implications to the support und the sustainment of military operations in the year 2040.

Although the future is not predictable and it is a view into the glass ball, there will be significant changes in the next 20 years. Some of the new technologies, which are currently only thought by science-fiction authors and forward thinking enterprises, will not be carried out, others however will be implemented in the civil world and therefore will have an impact in the conducting of military operations.


 

 





“The Cycles of Navy Strategy”

Donald Abenheim

 

The long era of expanding U.S. defense-budgets from 2002 until 2010 unfolded with much debate over the best ways to employ Naval forces in the Global War on Terror and in the effort to create stability in Iraq. As the United States emerged from the decade-long campaign to eliminate Osama bin Laden and to crush al-Qaeda, however, Navy leaders discovered that the international and domestic political landscape had changed. Demobilization and austerity, highlighted by sequestration of the Department of Defense budget, now loomed large in American domestic politics.


 

Current drone warfare in the light of the prohibition of interventions

The use of drones in armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Syria

 

Markus Reisner

 

The deployment of drones since the attacks of 9/11 has led to a transformation of modern warfare. Armed drones are currently extensively used in crisis regions all over the world. They are the “weapons of choice” for modern military forces to counter asymmetric warfare and terrorism. Such robots are cheap platforms which can conduct missions in dull, dirty and dangerous environments. They can ensure precision and efficiency over a long endurance and their deployment creates the advantage of zero-risk to friendly personal. But there are also grave concerns about their use.


 

Battlefield Middle East –
War on the »Islamic State (IS)«

Notes from a Perspective of Military
Theory and Geostrategy

By Jürgen Rose

 

Remarks on the senseless versus sensible use of military

With regard to the thesis „War is not a solution” often repeated like a mantra not just in pacifist circles but also in circles dealing with political science, the question about the „sense” or „nonsense” of the action by military force against the longstanding „Jihadist state-building project”, under the tag »Islamic State (IS) «, must seem heretical.

 


 


Strategic Thinking in the Era of Cultural Wars

Dan Schueftan

 

Modern war presents an embarrassing challenge to modern powers resting on a robust social, economic and military infrastructure. This brings an essentially open society to a profoundly different battlefield that sanctifies human life and is devoted to the promotion of the quality of life on the one hand, with societies that are, to different degrees, tribal, authoritarian and dysfunctional, on the other. The latter very often failed to meet the challenges of the modern era, and are unwilling to pay the cultural price of the transformation required for securing a better future for their children that predominantly is the adoption of pluralistic values and practices, specifically female equality.

 

 


 


High Politics - rule geography, military structure and power structure: an overview of the object area

Clemens Eicher

A problem area may be defined simply as a bundle of several possible design options for a particular slice of reality applicable to contacts with the target systems of States in a diverging mode. A problem thus defined enters the policy area, if governments put it on their agenda and thereby initiate a policy cycle, which entails international decision-making, implementation and revision.


 

The 2016 EU ‘Global Strategy’: Consequences for European Force Structures

Jan Willem Honig

When one surveys successful grand strategy statements of the not-so-distant past and compares these with the EU’s new ‘Global Strategy’,one basic difference catches the eye. Whether secret –– like the 1950 Report to the US National Security Council known as NSC68, or public –– like NATO’s 1967 ‘Report of the Council on the Future Tasks of the Alliance’, known as the Harmel Report, they either explicitly contained or quickly permitted the central tenet of the proposed strategy to be captured in a catch-phrase: ‘containment’ and ‘defence and détente’. 


 


The European Union – Refugees and the Balkans

Valdon Bytyçi

 

The European Union is facing the most dangerous challenges since its existence. The war in Syria, terrorism, refugees, the Ukraine crisis and tensions in the Balkan countries have shaken and continue to shake the foundations of this unique organism and if it does not change its policies toward these struggle, it may become an additional page of an imaginary Atlantis. First of all, this union of states is fighting itself, which is bringing it back to the position of the last century. It is the last chance for the “Paper Tiger” to return to an active body and to be a model for others.


 


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The Arctic –

a test site for a new, global geopolitical architecture with the focus on China’s role

By Jörg-Dietrich Nackmayr

 

Why The Arctic Is So Interesting

This text investigates what effect the melting and possible disappearance of the Artic ice shelf during the coming decades will have on the geopolitical balance in the far North and which conflicts could result therefrom. The analysis will focus on China. Up to now, China’s appearance on the Arctic scene has not been adequately reflected in publications.


 

A Research Note: Counter-Elitist Power Organization - Theoretical Basics and Conception

by Clemens Alexander Eicher and Robert Moser

 

The current third wave of globalization since 1991 ensued with the end of the system-wide pact confrontation. Increasing expansion of production, distribution and finance cycles, beyond national borders, has caused veritable gains in the fields of transport, conveyance and communication. The relative arbitrariness between transnational interactions is not a result of an erosion of regulations, but must be interpreted as outcome of political decision-processes. These developments left their mark on the operational environment of the international state system.

 


 

The Benefits of a Definition of the Term Strategy – A Perspective

Wolfgang Peischel

Athena was worshipped as the goddess of wisdom, war, the tactics of war and of strategy, as well as the patroness of the arts and sciences. Legend has it that she sprang, fully grown and accoutred, from Zeus’s forehead after Hephaistos had cloven it at his behest. Hence, the goddess of strategy can also be seen as the embodiment of wisdom and of thought per se. If one regards thought and action as antipodes, the term strategy could be given a faint spin – because Athena jumped from Zeus’s head, and not his arm. 

Marc Bloch credited the French officer corps of 1940 with great professional, operational-level and tactical expertise. However, he criticised their approach – mired in their upbringing and training - which betrayed the values of the Enlightenment. According to Bloch, 1940 France was primarily a defeat of the spirit and of thought.

 

















 

American Civil War an Official History:
The Kansas “Red Legs” as Missouri’s Dark Underbelly

Donald L. Gilmore 

The Kansas-Missouri Border 1861-1862: Guerrilla Warfare

The passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was the beginning of constant political debates about the status of a number of new states of the Union, to be split into Proslavery or Free states as demanded by Congress. Slowly the arguments shifted into armed conflict before the Civil War, and became a guerrilla war in Missouri in 1861. In February 1861, Missouri had decided to remain in the Union, but Governor Jackson wanted to join the Confederacy (CSA), creating a split military, part Pro-Union, the rest pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard, now driven into the Southern part of the state. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The necessity of an EU “Grand Strategy” for a Euro-Atlantic Security Alliance of the twenty-first century and its implications on EU Member States

Günter Eisl

The Perspectives of this Paper

This paper does not reflect national political positions on the subject of European Strategy, nor is there any intent to close current “strategy gaps” in the European Union, and it does not describe what is institutionally or politically possible to achieve.
The EUs defence budgets were since 1990 on a permanent decline, and even when now some states begin to spend more money on the military, the defence posture is inadequate and the military of a number of EU Member States is more or less defunct.