Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)

The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is the U.S. Army's institute for geostrategic and national security research and analysis. The Strategic Studies Institute conducts strategic research and analysis to support the U.S. Army War College curricula, provides direct analysis for Army and Department of Defense leadership, and serves as a bridge to the wider strategic community.

The Strategic Studies Institute is composed of civilian research professors, uniformed military officers, and a professional support staff. All have extensive credentials and experience. SSI is divided into three components: 1) the Strategic Research and Analysis Department focuses on global, transregional, and functional issues, particularly those dealing with Army transformation; 2) the Regional Strategy Department focuses on regional strategic issues; and 3) the Academic Engagement Program creates and sustains partnerships with the global strategic community.

In addition to its own resources, SSI has a web of partnerships with strategic analysts around the world, including the foremost thinkers in the field of security and military strategy. In most years, about half of SSI's publications are written by these external partners.

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Iraq's Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challengess and Options
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Iraq's Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challenges and Options

Iraq's Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challengess and Options

The Strategic Lessons Unlearned From Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the Afghan National Security Forces Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan
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The Strategic Lessons Unlearned From Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the Afghan National Security Forces Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

The Strategic Lessons Unlearned From Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the Afghan National Security Forces Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

The Limits of Military Officers' Duty to Obey Civilian Orders: A Neo-Classical Perspective
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The Limits of Military Officers' Duty to Obey Civilian Orders: A Neo-Classical Perspective

The Limits of Military Officers' Duty to Obey Civilian Orders: A Neo-Classical Perspective

Always Strategic: Jointly Essential Landpower
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Always Strategic: Jointly Essential Landpower

Always Strategic: Jointly Essential Landpower

Duffer's Shoal: A Strategic Dream of the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility
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Duffer's Shoal: A Strategic Dream of the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility

Duffer's Shoal: A Strategic Dream of the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility

A Shared Burden: The Military and Civilian Consequences of Army Pain Management Since 2001
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A Shared Burden: The Military and Civilian Consequences of Army Pain Management Since 2001

A Shared Burden: The Military and Civilian Consequences of Army Pain Management Since 2001

Assessing Egyptian Public Support for Security Crackdowns in the Sinai
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Assessing Egyptian Public Support for Security Crackdowns in the Sinai

Assessing Egyptian Public Support for Security Crackdowns in the Sinai

China's Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia's Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia
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China's Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia's Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia

China's Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia's Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia

The Strategic Importance of the Global Oil Market
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The Strategic Importance of the Global Oil Market

The Strategic Importance of the Global Oil Market

Gold, Blood, and Power: Finance and War Through the Ages
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Gold, Blood, and Power: Finance and War Through the Ages

Gold, Blood, and Power: Finance and War Through the Ages

A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key U.S. Allies and Security Partners
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A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key U.S. Allies and Security Partners

A Hard Look at Hard Power: Assessing the Defense Capabilities of Key U.S. Allies and Security Partners

The New Russian Engagement With Latin America: Strategic Position, Commerce, and Dreams of the Past
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The New Russian Engagement With Latin America: Strategic Position, Commerce, and Dreams of the Past

The New Russian Engagement With Latin America: Strategic Position, Commerce, and Dreams of the Past

Paid To Perform: Aligning Total Military Compensation With Talent Management
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Paid To Perform: Aligning Total Military Compensation With Talent Management

Paid To Perform: Aligning Total Military Compensation With Talent Management

The Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2025
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The Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2025

The Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2025

Prospects For Iran's New Direction
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Prospects For Iran's New Direction

Prospects For Iran's New Direction

Another Brick in the Wall: The Israeli Experience in Missile Defense
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Another Brick in the Wall: The Israeli Experience in Missile Defense

Another Brick in the Wall: The Israeli Experience in Missile Defense

Toward a Unified Military Response: Hurricane Sandy and the Dual Status Commander
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Toward a Unified Military Response: Hurricane Sandy and the Dual Status Commander

Toward a Unified Military Response: Hurricane Sandy and the Dual Status Commander

Confidence Building in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Territorial and Weapons-Based Regimes
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Confidence Building in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Territorial and Weapons-Based Regimes

Confidence Building in Cyberspace: A Comparison of Territorial and Weapons-Based Regimes

Maturing Defense Support of Civil Authorities and the Dual Status Commander Arrangement through the Lens of Process Improvement
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Maturing Defense Support of Civil Authorities and the Dual Status Commander Arrangement through the Lens of Process Improvement

Maturing Defense Support of Civil Authorities and the Dual Status Commander Arrangement through the Lens of Process Improvement

Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support
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Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support

Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support

Breaking the Nordic Defense Deadlock
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Breaking the Nordic Defense Deadlock

Breaking the Nordic Defense Deadlock

The State-Society/Citizen Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for Planning and Implementation of U.S. Intervention and Peace/State-Building Operations
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The State-Society/Citizen Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for Planning and Implementation of U.S. Intervention and Peace/State-Building Operations

The State-Society/Citizen Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for Planning and Implementation of U.S. Intervention and Peace/State-Building Operations

A Russian View on Landpower
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A Russian View on Landpower

A Russian View on Landpower

From Frozen Ties to Strategic Engagement: U.S.-Iranian Relationship in 2030
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From Frozen Ties to Strategic Engagement: U.S.-Iranian Relationship in 2030

From Frozen Ties to Strategic Engagement: U.S.-Iranian Relationship in 2030

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