Author Archives: Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.

Strategic Nuclear Forces in U.S. National Security in the 21st Century Research Study The end of the Cold War brought with it a reduction in the size of strategic nuclear arsenals but not a diminution in the importance of nuclear forces in U.S. national security. The balance of terror has been [Read More...]
The War in Afghanistan: The Importance of Ground Power Issue Brief Even relatively small conflicts can provide lessons for the future development of the U.S. military. The war in Afghanistan is no exception. Although only four months old, this war has verified some long-standing truths about the conduct of [Read More...]
Homeland Defense: Back to the Future for the U.S. Air Force Issue Brief Since the invention of the airplane, a mission of air forces worldwide has been the protection of the homeland against air attack. During the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force invested heavily in defense of the North American [Read More...]
The Script of War Article Published in The San Diego Union-Tribune President Bush has said that this will be a war like no other in U.S. history. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said it will not involve massive airstrikes and the maneuvers of [Read More...]
Comanche: One Means of Assuring America’s Margin of Safety Issue Brief According to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the Department of Defense will pursue strategic and force planning “to assure that the U.S. invests in the force for the future to assure that we have the necessary margin of [Read More...]
Land Warfare: Heavy Metal Has a Future Issue Brief Defense intellectuals have a way of making everything sound too complicated. Consider the notion of “asymmetric” threats. The term came into vogue in the mid-1990’s to describe aggressors who compete in niche areas such as chemical weapons or [Read More...]
Comanche Chopper is Vital to Objective Force Article Published in the Army Times The heart and soul of the Army’s plan to transform itself into a 21st Century force, its so-called Objective Force, is the Future Combat System (FCS). As described in Army publications and briefings, the [Read More...]
Army Leads Transformation Article Published in the Defense News For almost a decade now, the central focus of defense planning in the U.S. and the source of innumerable articles, has been how to transform the military that won the Cold War into a [Read More...]
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