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AUSA Senior Fellow's Book on Army Reading List

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AUSA News
Monday, August 28, 2017

A book written by a senior fellow in the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare has been added to the 2017 professional reading list of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley.

Retired Lt. Gen. James W. Dubik, who in addition to being an AUSA senior fellow is also a frequent writer for ARMYmagazine, is the author of Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory, a 2016 book that looks at the moral and political responsibilities of the planning and execution of war. It was published in hardback by the University Press of Kentucky, and will come out in paperback in March.

Dubik’s book is part of a Battles and Campaigns series in which AUSA focuses on military land power and land warfare history, combat, strategy and tactics, and general defense issues as they relate to important battles and campaigns throughout history.

Milley’s reading list, found online at www.history.army.mil/html/books/105/105-1-1/index.html, is part of the Army’s push to enhance individual professional development. “Even as we train our units and physically condition our bodies, we must improve our minds through reading and critical thinking,” he said.

About Dubik, Milley writes, “A retired soldier, general, and scholar, Dubik combines study and personal experience to address the shortcoming he finds in the literature on military ethics. In particular, he argues that both political and military leaders are accountable for the planning and execution of war and addresses the issue of the morality of pursuing strategies that cannot achieve war aims. He also offers five principles for waging just wars in the modern era.”

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, AUSA vice president for education who oversees the association’s book program, said, “We are pleased to see the attention given to Lt. Gen. Dubik and to his book. He is a valuable member of the AUSA team, and his book is a valuable contribution to the professional education of today’s and tomorrow’s soldiers.”

Dubik is a visiting professor and director of external education and outreach at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies. He also is a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame, a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Advisory Council and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.