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Information Warfare
Forging Communication Strategies for Twenty-first Century Operational Environments 
By James P. Farwell

Great political and military leaders understand that communication strategies are key to victory
in any conflict. Seizing the narrative can enable victory while failure to do so yields that
advantage to the adversary. Gone are the days when competing armies confronted one another
across battlefields. The information environment has made engagements and conflict both local
and global all at once such that—as never before—information warfare is critical to victory.
Understanding culture, history, local political dynamics, the interactions of different players, and
the need to forge cohesive communication plans at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels
matters more than ever to commanders and operators. In Information Warfare, James P. Farwell
describes how commanders and operators must and can define winning outcomes and the
strategies, operations, and tactics to achieve them. He lays out concrete, actionable steps to get
results and places them in historical context, then provides a workbook to assist readers in
devising communication strategies that produce victory in the sphere of information warfare.

Disaster Labs 
How American States Use Partnerships to Manage the Unthinkable 
By Austen D. Givens

Disaster Labs: How American States Use Partnerships to Manage the Unthinkable by Austen D. Givens explores how state governments partner with businesses and nonprofits to manage large-scale emergencies. Using extensive one-on-one interviews with senior government and private sector leaders in California, Florida, New York, and Virginia, coupled with analyses of government policy documents, laws, regulations, and press accounts, Disaster Labs examines how public-private sector coordination is now essential for emergency management nationwide.


Complex Terrain Megacities 
By and the Changing Character of Urban Operations 
By Benjamin M. Jensen, Henrik Breitenbauch, and Brandon Valeriano

This edited volume, composed by military professionals in the Gray Scholars Program at Marine Corps University, describes the changing character of urban operations. The pattern of human settlement and interaction is changing and the future is   urban. Because the majority of the world’s population lives within cities, the future of strategic competition and conflict reside there as well.


Aspects of Leadership
Ethics, Law, and Spirituality
By Carroll Connelley and Paolo Tripodi

Aspects of Leadership brings together scholars from different disciplines and practitioners from a broad variety of backgrounds to address three key areas: ethics, law, and spirituality. The essays in this book are intended to inform leaders, and the general public, about the challenges of ethical decision making, the application of the law of war, and the important role of spirituality. Aspects of Leadership will educate readers and generate important questions that leaders should ask themselves, encouraging them to reflect upon their pivotal roles in these three areas.


The Best-Laid Schemes
A Tale of Social Research and Bureaucracy
By Seymour J. Deitchman

The Best-Laid Schemes contains two overarching lessons for current and future efforts. First, social scientists and defense personnel failed to communicate their constraints and capabilities sufficiently for integration to happen. Social science cannot do everything DOD wants. Some of what military organizations want is not scientifically possible or violates the ethical codes necessary for scientific enterprise. Likewise, DOD, especially the supporting establishment, is not a blank slate onto which scientists can layer current theory, methods, and information.



The Dilemma of Lawlessness
Organized Crime, Violence, Prosperity, and Security along Guatemala's Borders
By Ralph Espach, Daniel Haering, Javier Meléndez Quiñonez, and Miguel Castillo Giron

This study addresses this gap by examining the effects of illicit trafficking and criminal organizations within the three border municipalities of Guatemala: Sayaxché in the northern department of Petén, Gualán in the eastern department of Zacapa, and Malacatán in San Marcos in the west. These municipalities sit on important smuggling routes and are well-known by Guatemalan police, intelligence agencies, and local populations to be regional centers for organized crime.