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Lieutenant Colonel Brian North’s Making the Difficult Routine is the first focused study of the US Army’s capacity to rapidly change task organization in the summer and fall of 1944. North finds that a shared educational experience and a common foundation in doctrine were the key factors in the Army officer corps ability to reorganize large combat formations in the midst of intense combat. This study suggests that this capability was critical to the Army’s success in the European theater in 1944 and offers important insights for the US Army today. To download a copy, go to here....Read More
In the fall of 1864, a large Confederate force launched a major raid on Missouri. That raid would culminate in the Battle of Westport in Kansas City, a Union victory that effectively ended Confederate resistance in Missouri. The Battlefield Atlas of Price’s Missouri Expedition offers a guide to that raid, including over 75 maps that recount the operation in detail. To download the atlas, click here ...Read More
The Combined Arms Center and Army Press are proud to announce the publication of "Mission Command in the 21st Century." This collection of articles offers expanded examples on the practice of Mission Command in widely varied settings, all intended to sharpen the understanding of the Army’s central leadership philosophy. Download your copy by clicking the picture above....Read More

The latest Art of War Paper from CGSC Press examines the principle of initiative.

In this work, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sonnenberger of the German Army offers a detailed account of how the Prussian and German armies of the last two centuries defined and developed the principle of initiative as part of mission-type tactics (Auftragstaktik). This history offers rich context for understanding how initiative should fit within the US Army’s current concept of Mission Command. To download a copy of this work, click here

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CSI Press has released 16 Cases of Mission Command in iBook format. This book offers historical illustrations of military leaders using the principles of Mission Command in battle. The cases included range from the War of 1812 to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each chapter includes a brief historical narrative followed by a discussion of the Mission Command principles displayed in the action. Since its first publication in 2013, 16 Cases had been adopted by JRTC and a large number of OPD programs to assist in teaching Mission Command doctrine to Soldiers of all ranks. To download a free copy of this iBook click here....Read More
In April 2015, the US Army Command and General Staff College and the CGSC Foundation held its annual symposium on “The Professional Ethic and the State.” The conference focused on the ethical relationships that exist between the US Government and its military forces. The presentations given at this conference discussed a wide array of topics including moral lapses by senior military leaders, ethical obligations toward veterans, and the relationship between American society and the military. The symposium report is now available for download here. ...Read More