ILW Special Reports 

Special Reports cover a wide range of topics depending on the issues affecting the Army and the need for information by the membership and opinion makers.

To order printed hard copies of these and other ILW publications send an e-mail to ILWPublications@ausa.org or call 800-336-4570, Ext. 4630. Please include the alphanumeric information that follows each title, along with your membership number.


ILW Special Reports

 Profile of the U.S. Army—A Reference Handbook (2014/2015 Edition)
(ILW Special Report, July 2014)

This ILW Special Report is a user-friendly reference book for people familiar with the Army and an easy-to-read introduction for family members, civilian employees, contractors and future Soldiers—takes a top-down approach, first describing the Army’s role as a key element in the national security structure and then flowing into the “why” and “how” of the Army’s organization. It also contains information and helpful graphics on the Soldier, the uniform, the Army’s command structure, Army families, installations and the Army’s current operations. For readers seeking more details, each chapter includes a list of relevant websites. Finally, Profile contains a glossary of acronyms and maps illustrating locations of current Army combat corps and divisions, Army National Guard divisions and brigade combat teams, and Army Reserve direct reporting commands.


★ ★ ★      2013      ★ ★ ★


Remembering a Sine Wave: A History of Feast and Famine for the U.S. Army
by Frederick J. Kroesen (Special Report, October 2013)

This Special Report conducts a historical survey, beginning with George Washington’s Continental Army and progressing gradually into a discussion of concerns that the Army is currently facing in the 21st century. After every significant military engagement, funding and resources for sustainment of a ready and reliable force have been severely restricted. This has caused a centuries-old pattern of a hollow force and a lack of ability on the Army’s part to meet new challenges swiftly, adequately and economically—both in terms of financial concerns and in Soldiers’ lives. The best course of action, Kroesen argues, would be to learn from past mistakes and to move forward with a renewed and firmly established commitment to ensure the sustained capability of the Army in all future encounters.

★ ★ ★      2012      ★ ★ ★


Profile of the U.S. Army—A Reference Handbook (2012/2013 Edition)
(ILW Special Report, June 2012)

This ILW Special Report is a user-friendly reference book for people familiar with the Army and an easy-to-read introduction for family members, civilian employees, contractors and future Soldiers—takes a top-down approach, first describing the Army’s role as a key element in the national security structure and then flowing into the “why” and “how” of the Army’s organization. It also contains information and helpful graphics on the Soldier, the uniform, the Army’s command structure, Army families, installations and the Army’s current operations. For readers seeking more details, each chapter includes a list of relevant websites. Finally, Profile contains a glossary of acronyms and maps illustrating locations of current Army combat corps and divisions, Army National Guard divisions and brigade combat teams, and Army Reserve direct reporting commands.


★ ★ ★      2011      ★ ★ ★


Fiscal Year 2012 Army Budget: An Analysis
(ILW Special Report, September 2011)

This ILW Special Report details the resources required for the Army to accomplish its missions today and tomorrow. It examines the Army’s proposed budget in the context of the federal and Department of Defense budgets and breaks down requests according to funding authority and programs, from Soldiers’ pay to research and development. It explains budget terminology and procedures, including the supplemental funding process that is necessary for the Army to sustain the current level of operations and provide for Soldiers.


Win, Learn, Focus, Adapt, Win Again
by General Martin E. Dempsey (ILW Special Report, March 2011)

This compilation of writings by General Martin E. Dempsey—six articles published in ARMY magazine from October 2010 to March 2011, plus the speech he delivered at AUSA’s 2011 Winter Symposium in February—captures the mutual focus of General Dempsey and General George W. Casey on what our Army must do to shape itself for the future. These articles are based around an ongoing dialog, which also included other senior Army leaders, that has been focused on charting the Army’s direction when, after years of combat, it again transitions as a trained and ready force into another uncertain future such as we faced after the Gulf War. There is recognition that our Army is always a force in transition, that it will expand and contract, train and deploy, and perpetually modify its Tables of Organization and Equipment.


★ ★ ★      2010      ★ ★ ★


Fiscal Year 2011 Army Budget: An Analysis
(ILW Special Report, September 2010)

This ILW Special Report details the resources required for the Army to accomplish its missions today and tomorrow. It examines the Army’s proposed budget in the context of the federal and Department of Defense budgets and breaks down requests according to funding authority and programs, from Soldiers’ pay to research and development. It explains budget terminology and procedures, including the supplemental funding process that is necessary for the Army to sustain the current level of operations and provide for Soldiers.


Profile of the U.S. Army—A Reference Handbook (2010/2011 Edition)
(ILW Special Report, June 2010) 

This ILW Special Report is a user-friendly reference book for people familiar with the Army and an easy-to-read introduction for family members, civilian employees, contractors and future Soldiers—takes a top-down approach, first describing the Army’s role as a key element in the national security structure and then flowing into the “why” and “how” of the Army’s organization. It also contains information and helpful graphics on the Soldier, the uniform, the Army’s command structure, Army families, installations and the Army’s current operations. For readers seeking more details, each chapter includes a list of relevant websites. Finally, Profile contains a glossary of acronyms and maps illustrating locations of current Army combat corps and divisions, Army National Guard divisions and brigade combat teams, and Army Reserve direct reporting commands.


★ ★ ★      2009      ★ ★ ★


Fiscal Year 2010 Army Budget: An Analysis
(ILW Special Report, September 2009)

This ILW Special Report details the resources required for the Army to accomplish its missions today and tomorrow. It examines the Army’s proposed budget in the context of the federal and Department of Defense budgets and breaks down requests according to funding authority and programs, from Soldiers’ pay to research and development. It explains budget terminology and procedures, including the supplemental funding process that is necessary for the Army to sustain the current level of operations and provide for Soldiers.


U.S. Army Campaign Streamers: Colors of Courage Since 1775
(ILW Special Report, September 2009) 

This ILW Special Report describes the history of Army unit awards for campaign and battle honors from the Revolutionary War to the present, including a list of every campaign streamer. The text has been revised and expanded since its first appearance nine years ago and provides a unique explanation and insight into the Army's history and accomplishments in defense of the nation.


The Sergeants Major of the Army: On Leadership and the Profession of Arms
(ILW Special ReportJune 2009) 

This ILW Special Report includes words from the thirteen Sergeants Major of the Army who have served since the position of Sergeant Major of the Army was established in 1966. It marks the occasion of the Year of the NCO and captures some of the wisdom of these great noncommissioned officers—words that might otherwise be lost forever—and includes tributes from those who have served with them and appreciate how invaluable the SMA is to the NCO Corps. Officers and NCOs alike will benefit from these thoughts, and every NCO should have a copy as part of his or her professional library.


★ ★ ★      2008      ★ ★ ★


Fiscal Year 2009 Army Budget: An Analysis
(ILW Special Report, September 2008)

This ILW Special Report details the resources required for the Army to accomplish its missions today and tomorrow. It examines the Army’s proposed budget in the context of the federal and Department of Defense budgets and breaks down requests according to funding authority and programs, from Soldiers’ pay to research and development. It explains budget terminology and procedures, including the supplemental funding process that is necessary for the Army to sustain the current level of operations and provide for Soldiers.


Profile of the U.S. Army—A Reference Handbook (2008/2009 Edition)
(ILW Special Report, June 2008)

This ILW Special Report is a user-friendly reference book for people familiar with the Army and an easy-to-read introduction for family members, civilian employees, contractors and future Soldiers—takes a top-down approach, first describing the Army’s role as a key element in the national security structure and then flowing into the “why” and “how” of the Army’s organization. It also contains information and helpful graphics on the Soldier, the uniform, the Army’s command structure, Army families, installations and the Army’s current operations. For readers seeking more details, each chapter includes a list of relevant websites. Finally, Profile contains a glossary of acronyms and maps illustrating locations of current Army combat corps and divisions, current Army National Guard divisions and brigade combat teams, and projected Army Reserve direct reporting commands.


The Army’s Home—What Army Installation Management Command is Doing to Restore the Army’s Balance
by LTG Robert Wilson (ILW Special Report, March 2008)

This ILW Special Report provides an overview of IMCOM’s mission (to provide the Army with installation capabilities and services to support expeditionary operations in a time of persistent conflict, and to provide a quality of life for Soldiers and families commensurate with their service) and the strategy the command is employing to support the Army Chief of Staff’s four imperatives for placing the Army in balance by 2011.


★ ★ ★       2007       ★ ★ ★


Fiscal Year 2008 Army Budget: An Analysis
(ILW Special Report, September 2007)

This ILW Special Report details the resources required for the Army to accomplish its missions today and tomorrow. It examines the Army’s proposed budget in the context of the federal and Department of Defense budgets and breaks down requests according to funding authority and programs, from Soldiers’ pay to research and development. It explains budget terminology and procedures, including the supplemental funding process that is necessary for the Army to sustain the current level of operations and provide for Soldiers.


Establishing Strategic Vectors: Charting a Path for Army Transformation
by COL Mark D. Rocke and LTC David P. Fitchitt (ILW Special Report, April 2007)

This ILW Special Report examines Army Chief od Staff GEN Peter J. Schoomaker’s Focus Areas—the engine for change of the Army transformation efforts first highlighted by AUSA three years ago. It furnishes a concise summary of the enormous change set in motion by the Focus Areas, serving as a case study in leading and managing change. It describes what the Army has learned from this experience in its quest to remain relevant to America’s security needs in an ever-changing, increasingly complex strategic and political landscape. To meet the needs of the nation, the Army will depend on its leaders to continue building “the bridge to the future” started by the Focus Areas. The Army must be flexible to adapt its path as necessary yet unrelenting in its determination to accelerate transformational momentum.


★ ★ ★      2006      ★ ★ ★


Fiscal Year 2007 Army Budget: An Analysis
(ILW Special Report, September 2006)

This ILW Special Report details the resources required for the Army to accomplish its missions today and tomorrow. It examines the Army’s proposed budget in the context of the federal and Department of Defense budgets and breaks down requests according to funding authority and programs, from Soldiers’ pay to research and development. It explains budget terminology and procedures, including the supplemental funding process that is necessary for the Army to sustain the current level of operations and provide for Soldiers.


★ ★ ★      2005      ★ ★ ★


Your Soldier, Your Army: A Parents’ Guide
by Vicki Cody (ILW Special Report, October 2005)

This ILW Special Report turns Mrs. Cody's 30-year experience as the wife and mother of Soldiers into advice and consolation for other parents whose children are deploying. (She is the wife of GEN Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief of Staff, Army.)


Fiscal Year 2006 Army Budget: An Analysis
(ILW Special Report, September 2005)

This ILW Special Report provides a full accounting of what the Army needs to accomplish its missions today and tomorrow. It examines the Army’s proposed budget in the context of the federal and DoD budgets and breaks down requests according to funding authority and programs, from Soldiers’ pay to research and development. It explains budget terminology and procedures, including the supplemental funding process that could increase the Army’s initial budget submission by more than 50 percent.


Profile of the U.S. Army—A Reference Handbook (2005 Edition)
(ILW Special Report, August 2005)

This ILW Special Report describes and defines the Army as it is organized today and being shaped for tomorrow. It is intended to be a user-friendly reference book for people familiar with the Army and an easy-to-read introduction for family members, civilian employees, contractors and future Soldiers.


★ ★ ★      2004      ★ ★ ★


America's Army at War . . . Relevant & Ready: Moving from the Current to the Future Force . . . Now
(ILW Special Report, February 2004)

This ILW Special Report provides slides and text for use in presenting the state of the Army and the Chief of Staff's vision for keeping the Current Force relevant and ready as it evolves into the Future Force. (This 33-page chain-teaching package is available only online. AUSA Chapter officers can download a PowerPoint version of this presentation in Leader Links Document Library.)


★ ★ ★      2002      ★ ★ ★


The United States Army in Somalia 1992–1994
by Richard W. Stewart, PhD (ILW Special Report, December 2002)

This ILW Special Report places the firefight of 3–4 October 1993 into the wider context of the U.S. humanitarian, political and military operations in Somalia.


★ ★ ★      2001      ★ ★ ★


TRICARE for Soldiers: A Guide to the Military Health System for Soldiers and Their Families
(ILW Special Report, October 2001) 

This ILW Special Report provides basic information about TRICARE and points its users to the sources of information to help them find the best solutions to health care requirements.