Reference: 27 Sep MajGen Robert Scales, USA (Ret), PhD

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The Next Generation of Small Unit Warfare [NOTES]
A Lunch Discussion with Major General (ret.) Robert H. Scales, PhD

Monday, September 27, 2010, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

The Brookings Institution, Stein Room, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

The 21st Century American military it has found itself fighting two extended land wars, neither against a nation state or conventional armed forces.  Our forces have responded to with changes in doctrine, and the introduction of new technologies to the integration of new human resources in the form of contractors, translators, and human terrain experts.  But where will we go from here?  In his recent work, Scales has focused on how changes in selection, training, and organization might make future small units not only more powerful, but also the backbone of our operations.

Major General (ret.) Robert H. Scales is an authority on both land warfare and leadership development. Prior to his current position, as President of Colgen, LP, he served for over thirty years in the Army, in command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and Korea.  Scales ended his military career as the Commandant of the United States Army War College.  In 1995 he created the Army After Next program which was the Army’s first attempt to build a strategic gaming and operational concept for future land warfare.  He has written three works:  Future Warfare, Yellow Smoke: the Future of Land Warfare for America’s Military, and The Iraq War: A Military History.  He is a graduate of West Point and holds a PhD in History from Duke University.

See Also: Review: Firepower In Limited War

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Journal: Reflections on Integrity

Dr. Peter W. Singer, Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings, will introduce and moderate the discussion.