Civil Affairs Issue Papers, Volume 8: Building a Global Civil-Military Network

Civil Affairs Issue Papers, Volume 8: Building a Global Civil-Military Network

CA PSYOP officer receiving foreign jump wings
March 17, 2022

by The Civil Affairs Association
Special Report, March 2022
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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 8, includes:

by Colonel Joseph P. Kirlin III, USA, Ret.

2021 Civil Affairs Symposium Report
by Colonel Christopher Holshek, USA, Ret.

Civil Affairs and Great-Power Competition: Civil-Military Networking in the Gray Zone
by Sergeant First Class Nicholas Kempenich, Jr., USA

Innovation as a Weapon System: Cultivating Global Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist Partnerships
by Major Giancarlo Newsome, USA, Colonel Bradford Hughes, USA, & Lieutenant Colonel Tyson Voelkel, USA

Maximum Support, Flexible Footprint: Civilian Applied Research Laboratories to Support the 38G Program
by Dr. Hayden Bassett & Lieutenant Kate Harrell, USNR

Individualism versus Collectivism: Civil Affairs and the Clash of National Strategic Cultures
by Colonel Marco A. Bongioanni, USA

Back to Basics: Civil Affairs in a Global Civil-Military Network
by Major Jim Munene, USA, & Staff Sergeant Courtney Mulhern, USA


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The views and opinions of our authors do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association of the United States Army. An article selected for publication represents research by the author(s) which, in the opinion of the Association, will contribute to the discussion of a particular defense or national security issue. These articles should not be taken to represent the views of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, the United States government, the Association of the United States Army or its members.


Lead photo by Specialist Lisa Velazco, U.S. Army