Strategic Landpower in the 21st Century: A Conceptual Framework

March 2, 2015

Just consider what has happened in the world in the past year. Russia launched the first cross-border invasion of another country on the European continent in seven decades. A terrorist army with tens of thousands of fighters, ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], has taken over a swath of territory the size of Indiana in the Middle East. -Senator John McCain1

As the United States prepares to draw down its Army to a pre-World War II level, now is a prudent time to consider how we as a nation view Strategic Land Power (SLP) and its role in U.S. national security strategy. This paper offers a strategic framework that articulates why SLP is important, defines it in a broad strategic context, offers a way to gauge its relative strength and provides a brief discussion regarding what constitutes adequate SLP for a nation.