Civil Affairs Issue Papers, Volume 7 – Civil Affairs: A Force for Influence in Competition

Civil Affairs Issue Papers, Volume 7 – Civil Affairs: A Force for Influence in Competition

CA soldiers
March 26, 2021

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The Civil Affairs Issue Papers series forms the Civil Affairs Association’s capstone to deepen and broaden the formal processes for civil affairs (CA) force development along the lines of policy, doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF-P). Now in their eighth year of advancing a more strategic, comprehensive, and integrative understanding of CA, they also contribute to fostering a learning organization that must go beyond military command structures and the CA Corps, including allied and counterpart civil-military organizations and interorganizational partners.

While the findings, opinions and recommendations of this singular source document are representative of the extended family of the CA Corps, they do not represent official opinion of any kind. This document enables operator input to the CA proponent offices and Army, Marine, and joint commands and institutions, on professional and force development issues, giving voice to those with the greatest stake in the future of their enterprise. These papers are also increasingly read at major service, joint command and defense policy levels.

Because more of the papers than the five printed here were worthy of publication and contained insightful ideas, the Association publishes similar articles online in its Eunomia Journal, as well as in the Small Wars Journal and professional journals, with the assistance of the Publication Advisory Board. While one goal is to mainstream CA into the larger discussions of the Army and Marines, the joint force and national security issues, the other is to help improve CA writing skills as a function of intellectual readiness and building human capital.

For more information, visit the Civil Affairs Association website.

Civil Affairs Issue Papers, Volume 7, includes:

2020 Civil Affairs Symposium Report
by Colonel Christopher Holshek, USA, Ret.

Changing the Business Model III: Renewing Civil Affairs’ Influence-Based Capabilities
by Robert Schafer & Lieutenant Colonel Shafi Saiduddin, USA

A Gap in Thought and Deed: Civil-Military Relations and Civil-Military Operations
by Master Sergeant Larry Lloyd, USA

Civil Affairs and Civil-Military Cooperation: A Hybrid Solution to Defeat Hybrid Threats
by Major Csaba Szabó, Hungarian Army, & Master Sergeant Robert Nicholson, USA

Civil Considerations in an Era of Great-Power Competition
by Lieutenant Colonel Diana J. Parzik, USA & Major Michael Schwille, USA

Into the Gray Zone: Integration of Civil Affairs and Information Operations with Embassies
by Captain Scott Haviland, USMCR, Major David Cook, USMCR, & Major Don Newberry, USMCR


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Lead photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colin Sens, U.S. Navy