As part of our effort to enhance the professional development of Soldiers, educate the public about the role of the Army, and ensure that military and civilian leaders have the knowledge they need for decision-making, AUSA continues a robust publishing campaign across the full spectrum of our operations. Our publications bring together AUSA staff, senior fellows, Soldiers pursuing their professional military education and professional development, and experts in Army and national security issues to educate and inform readers about the role of AUSA, landpower, and our Army.

Army Magazine

ARMY Magazine continued in 2015 to explore topics central to the Army’s future, looking at the impact of smaller budgets on readiness, training and weapons, and focusing on challenges in leadership and career options. Cutting a wide swath in topics, cover stories looked at such things as the declining weight of tanks, the importance of training for urban combat, and whether science and technology could create so-called supersoldiers. The 25th anniversary of the First Gulf War was marked by a look into how the war was fought and also what lessons were learned. The magazine also looked at World War II and reviewed leadership and strategic lessons that helped shape today’s Army. A provocative story in September questioned whether cuts in the Army budget are funding Air Force and Navy modernization programs. A June cover story discussed leadership lessons that could be taught on the battlefields of Normandy, and an August story and photo essay had an insider’s look at the heat, hazards, and wet boots resulting from attending Jungle School. ARMY also focused on what a smaller military means to the hundreds of communities where Soldiers are stationed, looking at their pleas to avoid troop reductions, and the Army’s final decision on allocating a 40,000-Soldier cut. Many articles were aimed at junior officers, career enlisted members, and families with discussion about career management, leadership challenges, and coping with family separation. Every issue in 2015 included a compelling story about a Soldier, usually a non-commissioned officer, who had done something in their Army life that made them stand out above the crowd, sometimes just by doing their job and sometimes through a heroic act. ARMY continued to published several popular columnists, but added new voices like a female first lieutenant expressing her views on combat assignments for women, a staff sergeant suggesting doing away with set-length enlistment contracts, and Middle East expert Emma Sky writing about the fate of Iraq. These columns, plus contributions from long-time writers, retired GEN Frederick J. Kroesen (“Front & Center”); retired BG John S. Brown, a former Army Chief of Military History (“Historically Speaking”); retired LTG Daniel P. Bolger (“The Outpost”); and contributing writer Scott R. Gourley (“Soldier Armed”), provided fodder for a compelling collection of letters to the editor. Readers continued to be pleased. “I’ve been a member of AUSA since 1971, and it is rare that an issue of ARMY disappoints,” one reader wrote to complement an article about leadership. Another, writing to praise GEN Kroesen’s essays and the assortment of book reviews, said, “Keep up the good work.” A third, who said he’d been reading ARMY since he was an ROTC cadet in 1967, “The articles have always been enlightening and often very instructive.” One reader, completing an article about whether the Army’s culture needed to change, said, “Kudos to ARMY magazine editors for having the courage to publish a blunt, outstanding, and what I’m sure some see as a controversial article.” 


AUSA News continued to provide comprehensive coverage of AUSA symposia, Hot Topic forums, and other events and insights into the Association’s activities on Capitol Hill, articles about NCO and Soldier programs, family readiness, and stories on all aspects of America’s Army. Each month, the AUSA News’s “Bill Box” displays the legislation that AUSA is tracking and its potential impacts on the Army. The “View from the Hill” and “Capitol Focus” columns delve deeper into the legislative and budgetary issues concerning the Army. The “NCO and Soldier Report,” written by former SMA Kenneth Preston, covers outreach to AUSA chapters and Soldiers on installations throughout the Army. Family Readiness also contributes stories each month that focus on topics important to military families. This year AUSA News made an effort to expand coverage of AUSA events, running relevant stories leading up to our events and also publishing post-event wrap-ups containing detailed reporting on the topics discussed by panelists and speakers during the events.


AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare (ILW) Torchbearer Campaign was productive in 2015, with exciting new publications on key Army issues, including: “Strategically Responsive Logistics: A Game-Changer”; “The U.S. Army in Europe: Strategic Landpower in Action”; “Rapid Equipping and the U.S. Army’s Quick-Reaction Capability”; “Enabling Reserve Component Readiness to Ensure National Security”; “The U.S. Army’s Expeditionary Mission Command Capability”; “Installations: The Bedrock of America’s Army”; “The U.S. Army in Motion in the Pacific”; and “Force 2025 and Beyond: The U.S. Army’s Holistic Modernization Strategy.” ILW continues to publish Defense Reports (e.g., “Building Readiness to Sustain Global Responsiveness and Regional Engagement”), Land Warfare Papers (e.g., “Integrating Landpower in the Indo–Asia–Pacific Through 2020: Analysis of a Theater Army Campaign Design”), Landpower Essays (e.g., “Strategic Landpower in the 21st Century: A Conceptual Framework”), National Security Watches (e.g., “Innovation and Invention: Equipping the Army for Current and Future Conflicts”), and the NCO Update (published four times a year). The 2016-2017 edition of ILW’s special report “Profile of the U.S. Army”—the definitive primer of America’s Army and its role in national defense—is already being prepared for publication in summer 2016.


The Book Program published nine books this year with publishing partners in the United States and the United Kingdom.