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Background Briefs

Background Briefs are informal papers addressing a wide range of topics to include country profiles, military organizations, subject matter primers and history.

This series ran from 1989 to 2005.

2005

Space Support Elements: Embedded Space Expertise in Army Modular Forces
Background Brief 105 (November 2005)

The Army's Interest in Space Control
Background Brief 104 (November 2005)

Future Combat Systems: Taking the Current Force into the Future
Background Brief 103 (June 2005)

2004

The Ballistic Missile Defense System: The Army Role in Limited Defensive Operations
Background Brief 102 (October 2004)

Integrating Global Capabilities for Joint Warfighters: Serving as Army Service Component Command to U.S. Strategic Command
Background Brief 101 (October 2004)

Army Space Forces—Enabling the Joint Warfighter
Background Brief 100 (October 2004)

2003

Missile Defense of the Homeland: Setting the Stage for Initial Operations
Background Brief 99 (December 2003)

Army Service Component Command Support to U.S. Strategic Command: New Missions for the 21st Century
Background Brief 98 (December 2003)

Army Space Support as a Critical Enabler of Joint Operations
Background Brief 97 (December 2003)

2002

Computer Network Operations: A Critical Element of Current and Future Military Operations in Combatting the Asymmetrical Threat
Background Brief 96 (November 2002)

Space—A Key Enabler of Effective Land Force Operations
Background Brief 95 (November 2002)

Toward Integrated Air and Missile Defense: Implications of the New Environment
Background Brief 94 (November 2002)

2001

Computer Network Operations—An Integral Part of Land Force Operations
Background Brief 93 (December 2001)

The Potential of Directed Energy
Background Brief 92 (December 2001)

The Army's Role in This Nation's Emerging Missile Defense Architecture
Background Brief 91 (December 2001)

2000

The Potential of Directed Energy
Background Brief 90 (December 2000)

Space Capabilities—An Integral Part of Land Force Operations
Background Brief 89 (November 2000)

National Missile Defense—Protecting Our Nation
Background Brief 88 (November 2000)

Army Theater Missile Defense—Challenges for 2010 and Beyond
Background Brief 87 (November 2000)

Military Health Care: Overview at the End of the First Session, 106th Congress
Background Brief 86 (January 2000)

1999

The Army's Interest in Space Control
Background Brief 85 (December 1999)

Army Theater Missile Defense—Challenges for 2010 and Beyond
Background Brief 84 (November 1999)

National Missile Defense—Your Army Protecting Our Homeland
Background Brief 83 (November 1999)

Roots of the Insurgency in Kosovo
Background Brief 82 (June 1999)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Transition
Background Brief 81 (April 1999)

Special Operations Forces: An Overview
Background Brief 80 (March 1999)

1998

People's Republic of China
Background Brief 79 (March 1998)

Special Operations Forces: An Overview
Background Brief 78 (March 1998)

Transforming Defense: National Security in the 21st Century
Background Brief 77 (January 1998)

1997

The Association of the United States Army: Goals, Organization and Activities
Background Brief 76 (September 1997)

Global Threats and Challenges
Background Brief 75 (July 1997)

Summary of Quadrennial Defense Review
Background Brief 74 (June 1997)

Military Telemedicine: A Status Report
Background Brief 73 (March 1997)

The Military Force Structure Review Act of 1996: The Quadrennial Defense Review and National Defense Panel
Background Brief 72 (February 1997)

1996

Realistic Planning for Retirement Health Care
Background Brief 71 (April 1996)

U.S. Defense Policies Since World War II
Background Brief 70 (March 1996)

1995

The Association of the United States Army: Goals, Organization and Activities
Background Brief 69 (August 1995)

Russia: A Profile
Background Brief 68 (April 1995)

Summary: Department of Defense Budget and Department of the Army FY96 Budget
Background Brief 67 (March 1995)

Professional Military Reading – Recent Titles
Background Brief 66 (January 1995)

1994

North Korea: A Profile
Background Brief 65 (October 1994)

Atlantic Command
Background Brief 64 (August 1994)

U.S. Defense Policies Since World War II
Background Brief 63 (May 1994)

Special Operations Forces: A Primer
Background Brief 62 (April 1994)

Depot Maintenance
Background Brief 61 (January 1994)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Transition
Background Brief 60 (January 1994)

1993

Defense Acquisition Reform
Background Brief 59 (October 1993)

Army Issue: Digitization and the Modern Battlefield
Background Brief 58 (June 1993)

Army Issue: Strategic Mobility, Sustainment and Army Missions
Background Brief 57 (May 1993)

Army Issue: Limiting Active Army Strength Reductions
Background Brief 56 (April 1993)

Army Issue: Theater Air Defense
Background Brief 55 (April 1993)

Army Issue: Protect the Force
Background Brief 54 (April 1993)

Army Issue: Power Projection
Background Brief 53 (March 1993)

Army Issue: Army Role in Space
Background Brief 52 (March 1993)

Army Issue: Forward Presence
Background Brief 51 (March 1993)

Army Issue: Army Recruiting
Background Brief 50 (February 1993)

Army Issue: Close Air Support
Background Brief 49 (February 1993)

Army Issue: Land Force Dominance
Background Brief 48 (February 1993)

The Nature of the Global Threat and Relevance to Army Missions
Background Brief 47 (February 1993)

Force Projection Army Command and Control (C2)
Background Brief 46 (January 1993)

1992

Louisiana Maneuvers Revisited
Background Brief 45 (November 1992)

Defense Symposium on Industrial Preeminence for National Security
Background Brief 44 (September 1992)

My Experiences in the World War: Excerpts from the Memoirs of General John J. Pershing
Background Brief 43 (August 1992)

Special Operations Forces: A Primer
Background Brief 42 (April 1992)

Korean War – The First Days of the Ground War
Background Brief 41 (March 1992)

The U.S. Army Between World War II and the Korean War
Background Brief 40 (March 1992)

The Early Stages of World War II
Background Brief 39 (March 1992)

The U.S. Army Between World Wars I and II
Background Brief 38 (March 1992)

1991

A Bibliography of AUSA Books for Professional Reading
Background Brief 37 (December 1991)

Ballistic Missile Protection
Background Brief 36 (December 1991)

Army Base Closures: A Status Report
Background Brief 35 (July 1991)

Army Equipment Systems Performance in Operation Desert Storm
Background Brief 34 (April 1991)

Biological Warfare Defense: The Army's Role
Background Brief 33 (March 1991)

AirLand Battle – Future: Materiel Needs for Missions
Background Brief 32 (February 1991)

Soviet Compliance with the CFE Treaty: Putting the Juggernaut on Stand-by
Background Brief 31 (February 1991)

Summary of Authorities Available to the President in Emergencies Short of a Declared War
Background Brief 30 (January 1991)

1990

The Army's Technology Base Master Plan
Background Brief 29 (November 1990)

Army Competition Advocacy Program
Background Brief 28 (November 1990)

World War II — A Selected Chronology
Background Brief 27 (October 1990)

A Selected Bibliography of World War II
Background Brief 26 (October 1990)

Iraq Today – A Perspective
Background Brief 25 (September 1990)

The Army and the Light Helicopter
Background Brief 23 (July 1990)

Readiness Impact of a Precipitous Reduction of Army Strength
Background Brief 22 (July 1990)

Arms Control Negotiations in Progress
Background Brief 21 (August 1990)

U.S. Army Personnel Reduction Plan, FYs 90–97
Background Brief 20 (July 1990)

The Year of Eisenhower
Background Brief 19 (July 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 8 – Cutting the Forces of the U.S. Army: The Strategic and Human Impact)
Background Brief 18 (June 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 7 – The U.S. Army and Strategic Mobility)
Background Brief 17 (June 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 6 – Mid-Intensity Conflict in an Uncertain World: The U.S. Army as a Contingency Force)
Background Brief 16 (June 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 5 – The U.S. Army and Low-Intensity Conflict)
Background Brief 15 (May 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 4 – The Role of the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1990's: Beyond CFE)
Background Brief 14 (May 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 3 – Arms Control and Army Modernization Requirements: Advanced Technologies for Conventional Forces)
Background Brief 13 (May 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 2 – The Army in the Total Force Structure: Readiness, Reserves and Demographics)
Background Brief 12 (April 1990)

The Future U.S. Army: Outlook for the 1990's (Topic No. 1 – The Role of the U.S. Army in the Emerging Security Environment: An Overview)
Background Brief 11 (April 1990)

U.S. Defense Policies Since World War II
Background Brief 10 (March 1990)

AirLand Battle – Future Doctrine for a Strategic Force for the 1990's and Beyond
Background Brief 9 (February 1990)

1989

Chronology of Major Arms Control Measures
Background Brief 8 (October 1989)

Summary of Various Ethics Initiatives
Background Brief 7 (September 1989)

The Fiscal Year 1990 Amended Budget
Background Brief 6 (May 1989)

Conventional Arms Control
Background Brief 5 (May 1989)

Chemical Weapons
Background Brief 4 (April 1989)

Army Women in Combat Roles
Background Brief 3 (April 1989)

U.S. Overseas Base Rights May Be in Jeopardy
Background Brief 2 (March 1989)

The GI Bill—Army's Best Recruiting Tool
Background Brief 1 (March 1989)