In accordance with Army Regulation 870-5 and TRADOC Regulation 870-1, the Combat Studies Institute provides a wide range of military historical and educational support to the Combined Arms Center, Training and Doctrine Command, and the United States Army at large. CSI researches, writes, and publishes — through the CSI Press — original interpretive works on issues of relevance to our Army and the defense of our Nation. The Institute conducts an Oral History program that targets Command and General Staff College students and faculty, as well as permanent party and visitors of the Combined Arms Center that focuses on their respective operational experiences. CSI conducts a dynamic Staff Ride program for the Army that offers live and virtual battlefield Staff Rides while also serving as TRADOC's agent for information and assistance with how organizations can conduct their own facilitated Staff Rides. The Institute is also charged with sustaining the quality of the instruction of military history throughout the TRADOC school system and does this by assisting the TRADOC Chief Historian with program inspections, assessing and revising training support packages, conducting "train-the-trainer" courses, and by serving as the TRADOC proponent for the Military History Instructors' Courses (MHIC) and the Army's Field Military Historian Course (ASI 5X). CSI also exercises oversight responsibilities for the Combined Arms Center Command History Office and Fort Leavenworth’s Frontier Army Museum.
CSI consists of five functional Teams: the Research and Publications Team, the Military History Instructional Support Team, the Staff Ride Team, the CAC Command History Office, and the Frontier Army Museum.
Research and Publications (R&P) Team
The Research and Publication Team researches, writes, and publishes historical products that are doctrinally and operationally relevant to the Army's needs. CSI Press' publications are available in a variety of formats and are available for public use and free download at our website or from Apple's iTunes Store. The team administers an oral history program, the Operational Leadership Experience, which is a public archive of personal interviews concerning experiences in military operations around the world.
Military History Instructional Support Team (MHIST)
The Military History Instructional Support Team assists the TRADOC Historian in implementing an integrated and progressive program of military history instruction throughout the Army. The team conducts history curriculum development and instruction throughout the TRADOC school system and conducts military history instructor courses to certify individual instructors IAW the TRADOC History Program and administer the Army's Field Military Historian (5X ASI) program.
Staff Ride Team
The Staff Ride Team develops and conducts live and virtual Staff Rides as an education and development platform for the Army's leaders at all levels. Focusing on the timeless and universal aspects of warfighting, staff rides provide important insights into military operations, leadership, and the human dimension of warfare through focused study, methodical field study, and detailed analysis of insights gained. The team provides staff ride curriculum for the Command and General Staff College and also provides information and guidance to US Army units and DoD Agencies on how to plan and conduct Staff Rides.
CAC Command History Office
The CAC Command History Office researches, chronicles, analyzes, and publishes the activities and accomplishments of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. The office provides the Commanding General and staff with accurate historical research and analysis, maintains the command archive, prepares the annual command history, conducts the command Oral History program, maintains professional historical liaison, and supports leader development and education, public information, and visitor services through historical education.
Frontier Army Museum
The Frontier Army Museum collects and preserves artifacts that tell the story of the Frontier Army from 1804 to 1916 and Fort Leavenworth from 1827 to the present. The museum collection is used to support exhibits and serves as a medium for research and study. The Museum also supports the TRADOC school system, the Combined Arms Center, and Fort Leavenworth with educational tours, artifact displays and meeting venues. The Museum is open to the public and is available for both tours and outreach programs. For more information about CSI's functional teams and its collective capabilities, products, and programs, please feel free to further explore our webpage.