Founded in 1988, the Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) is a thought leader on landpower and works to inform and educate AUSA’s members, our local, regional and national leaders and the American public on the nature and character of land warfare and the U.S. Army. The Institute works to get the facts concerning defense issues to the people who can have the greatest impact on those issues, as well as to the people—Soldiers, families and the general public—who are looking for defense information, education and professional development. Our team carries out this mission in a number of ways: undertaking research projects, hosting conferences and activities, and publishing and distributing a wide variety of educational materials.


The Institute publishes a wide variety of professional research papers, analyses, essays and special reports. All materials are available free of charge, and reproduction and distribution are encouraged.

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The Institute regularly hosts various lectures, presentations and discussions at AUSA National Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, featuring both senior Army leadership and national security experts.

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Speakers' Bureau

The Institute’s Speakers’ Bureau provides access to a group of men and women with diverse backgrounds in military history, ongoing national security concerns and more.

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AUSA Book Program

The AUSA Book Program offers quality military-related books about Army heritage, military theory and policy and military force in the modern world.

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ILW Writing Program

Have a manuscript to publish? The Institute is currently seeking authors for its Land Warfare Paper and Landpower Essay series.

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ILW Senior Fellows

ILW Senior Fellows assist with strategic communications, develop policy positions, and promote Army professional development and education.

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