Committee Selects Civil Affairs Issue Papers for Symposium

The Civil Affairs Issue Papers Committee has selected the five papers for presentation to close out the two-day online Civil Affairs Symposium on “Civil Affairs: A Force for Winning without Fighting,” on Tuesday, 15 November.

The authors will compete for audience ballots on cash awards per paper of: 1st prize, $1,000; 2nd prize, $500; and 3rd prize, $250. The papers include:


· “Reclaiming Civil Affairs as a Strategic Asset: Identifying ‘Deep Expertise’ for the Benefit of the Army,” by Lieutenant Colonel John Paul LeCedre

· “Social Sciences Contribution to Civil Affairs,” by Captain John McLaughlin

· “The Power of the People: Civil Affairs and Civil Resistance,” by Captain Daniel Moriarty

· “Civil-Military Operations in the Age of Artificial Intelligence," by Major Tony Smith

· “Refining the Civil Affairs Value Proposition: Governance in the Modern Operation Environment,” by Captain John Wirges


These papers will also appear in the 2022-23 Civil Affairs Issue Papers, the ninth such volume, for release before the online Civil Affairs Roundtable in April 2023.


For those papers that did not gain selection as Issue Papers, the Association offers two options to the authors of papers not selected. The first is to have paper-based articles published in the Eunomia Journal on the Association website, per the submission guidelines.


Authors can also look at the professional journals cited on the Publication Advisory Board webpage and see how a version of their paper can help mainstream civil affairs into the larger discussions of related Army, joint force, and national security issues.


Chaired by retired Brig. Gen. Bruce B. Bingham, the Committee also includes Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Kuehrs, Col. Caroline Pogge, Col. Tony Vacha, Col. (Ret.) Leonard DeFrancisci, Col. (Ret.) Christopher Holshek, Col. Ret.) Dennis Cahill, and Col. (Ret.) Larry Rubini. Holshek, Cahill, and Rubini also serve as the paper editors.


In addition to their comments, the authors will also have the benefit of audience feedback at the Symposium. Copies of the full papers will not be available until publication in 2023.


However, the authors are preparing one-page summaries of their papers, which the Association will post on its website prior to the Symposium.


To learn more about the Symposium and register online.


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