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     The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command G-2’s Foreign Military Studies Office discovers and describes open source, foreign perspective insights of understudied and unconsidered aspects of the operational environment. FMSO’s products are integral to critical thinking in the Army’s leadership, analytic communities, and military education, and wherever there is a professional interest in what “they think they think.”  

     Officially established as the Soviet Army Studies Office (SASO) in 1986, SASO’s mission was to learn about the Soviet Army, primarily from their own writings, and provide unclassified information with expert analysis for use across numerous learning domains—from professional military education to unit‐level briefings and senior leader consultations to foreign engagements. From the beginning, the organization was staffed with a combination of leading academics, U.S. Army Foreign Area Officers, and expert analysts. In the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, SASO became the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO). Despite the globe-sized increase in the scope of research that the name change implied, FMSO’s mission has remained the same: to support the development of agile and adaptive Army leaders.

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This book is divided into three parts. Part one addresses President Vladimir Putin’s personality, Russian methods of developing strategy, and the Russian thought process for evaluating military affairs (forecasting, correlation of forces, forms, and methods of thought). Part two addresses the nature of future war, focusing on future war’s new weapons and organizations (to include aerospace, robotics, electronic warfare equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicles, among other pieces of...
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Books on guerrilla war are seldom written from the tactical perspective and from the guerrilla’s perspective. Fangs of the Lone Wolf: is an exception. These are the stories of low-level guerrilla combat as told by the survivors. They cover fighting from the cities of Grozny and Argun to the villages of Bamut and Serzhen-yurt, and finally the hills, river valleys and mountains that make up so much of Chechnya. Dodge Billingsley, the primary author was embedded with Chechen guerrilla forces...
The Russian Way of War: Force Structure Tactics and Modernization of the Russian Ground Forces Dr. Lester W. Grau and Charles K. Bartles
The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet Afghan War (Ali A. Jalali and Lester Grau)
Three Faces of the Cyber Dragon: Cyber Peace Activist Spook Attacker Timothy L. Thomas
Recasting the Red Star: Russia Forges Tradition and Technology Through Toughness Timothy L. Thomas
The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (Les Grau)
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This is a reproduction of a 1932 book published by General Skeen, who began fighting the Pushtun in 1897. His military career took him to fighting Boxers in China, the “Mad Mullah” in Somaliland and Germans on the Western Front of World War I. He always returned to British India where fighting the fractious Pushtun continued to be a problem. He was a brigade commander during the Third-Anglo-Afghan War, commanded the Kohat-Kurran field force and fought in the Waziristan campaign. He...
Chinese observations of warfare in the information age have resulted in a widespread transformation and metamorphosis of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from a mechanized to an informatized force. This transformation has affected nearly every aspect of China’s military from strategy to logistics to educational development.The Dragon’s Quantum Leap intends to peel back the transformation process and uncover the impact of new modes of thought on several key segments of military...
Authoritarian regimes are, by their very nature, insecure. They tend to view Western democracies as an existential threat to their way of rule and they fear the development of any type of opposition or protests in the streets. In Russia’s case, the latter fear of protests leading to a “color revolution” often appears as important as the ISIS threat to its southern border. Lacking political legitimacy, they rely on two factors to sustain their leadership, patriotism and control. This study...
Cyber Silhouettes: Shadows Over Information Operations (Timothy L. Thomas)
There is long history of writings on mountain combat that include such luminaries as Clausewitz and Engels. Yet the allied force in Afghanistan frequently displayed a reluctance to go and remain in the mountains. Les Grau has been writing on mountain combat before the US invasion of Afghanistan. During a trip to Afghanistan, Les and Chuck Bartles decided to do a book on foreign perspectives of mountain combat. Their goal was to share this information with units deploying to Afghanistan and...
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Decoding the Virtual Dragon: Critical Evolutions in the Science and Philosophy of Chinas Information Operations and Military Strategy Timothy L. Thomas
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Dragon Bytes: Chinese Information War Theory and Practice (Timothy L. Thomas)
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This book argues that the quality of foreign real property systems be made a priority issue in US diplomatic, military and intelligence thinking and strategy. The text does not argue that creating better land records will assure peaceful coexistence. Formal real property record systems correlate with peaceful societies, but the principle assertion here is in the negative. Even with formal records, functioning property courts, and a free and fluid market in land a place may still suffer violent...
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In August 2005, ten top Chinese scholars traveled to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to share their ideas with American participants during a symposium that was hosted by the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. These scholars brought with them their in-depth research and analysis on a host of topics that impact Central Asia, including energy security, border disputes, and the “three evils” (terrorism, separatism, and extremism), which have been a key objective in...
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