Military Strategy in the 21st Century: People, Connectivity, and Competition

by Charles Cleveland, Benjamin Jensen, Susan Bryant, and Arnel David

About Charles Cleveland

Lieutenant General Charles Cleveland (U.S. Army, Retired) left active duty in 2015 as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. His ARSOF 2022 rejuvenated U.S. Army unconventional warfare capabilities and institutionalized the Human Domain as an organizing concept for Army SOF. He also commanded SOCCENT, SOCSOUTH, and the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and has operational experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Lebanon, Pakistan, Panama, El Salvador, and Bolivia, and began his career in Special Operations and Army intelligence units during the Cold War.

About Benjamin Jensen

Benjamin Jensen, PhD, holds a dual appointment as an associate professor at Marine Corps University and as a scholar-in-residence at American University, School of International Service. He is also a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. Dr. Jensen’s previous publications including Forging the Sword: Doctrinal Change in the U.S. Army (Stanford University Press 2016) and, coauthored, Cyber Strategy: The Evolving Character of Power and Coercion (Oxford University Press 2018). He has published in several academic journals such as the Journal of Strategic Studies as well as major media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Financial Times. He writes the “Next War’ column for War on the Rocks. Outside of academia he is an officer in the U.S. Army 75th Innovation Command.

About Susan Bryant

Susan Bryant is a retired Army Colonel who served 28 years on active duty, including tours in Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula. She holds a doctorate of Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, where she currently teaches Grand Strategy and Military Operations, as well as American Military History. She is also a Visiting Fellow at National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategy Studies and a Visiting Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She lives with her family in Leesburg, VA.

About Arnel David

Lieutenant Colonel Arnel David is a Civil Affairs officer and Army Strategist still serving on active duty. He has served multiple tours of duty in both conventional and special operations units where he deployed to the Middle East, Central Asia, and Pacific. He is currently the Chief of Staff for the Army Future Studies Group and recently deployed as the Commander’s Initiative Group Chief for Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan. He is a distinguished military graduate from Valley Forge Military College and was a Local Dynamics of War Scholar at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.


 

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