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The Council for Emerging National Security Affairs is proud to announce the development of its next book project.  The publication, titled Deterring Dragons and Subduing Snakes: Perspectives on American Gray Zone Challenges, will focus on the contemporary use of national power to deter, disrupt, and/or defeat the array of competitive threat streams that face the United States and shape the decisions of senior policy makers.   This edited volume will focus primarily upon the future use of American instruments of national power in addressing both state and non-state threats, the acquisition strategies and emerging technologies that will enable future competitive concepts, and the policy changes needed to shape and support future military utilization.  The manuscript will focus on the recently-popularized theme of “Gray Zone Challenges”—defined as competitive interactions among and within state and nonstate actors that fall between the traditional war and peace duality.

Although the scope and construction of the book will change as submissions are received, the editing team would like to scope chapter submissions into the 4 following areas.  The editors suggest submissions be between 3000-3500 words with citations consolidated as endnotes in Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian) format.  (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html)

WARFIGHTING STRATEGIES:  This section will focus on emerging service and joint warfighting strategies and their respective relevance in facing modern threats, especially as they relate to “Gray Zone Challenges.”

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES:  Authors are requested to consider and write about the impact of emerging technologies.  These technologies may include aspects of the cyber domain, nanotechnologies, hypersonic weapons, and low cost “swarming” concepts.

POLICY REQUIREMENTS:  The final section will be devoted to policy suggestions that will improve the utility of military forces and/or the interoperability between military and other intergovernmental entities.  Is there a need to update Goldwater Nichols?  If so, what needs changing?  Is there a need to alter the way in which we present our forces (adding to or eliminating individual services)?  How do we fund and sustain future military concepts?

Interested authors should contact Paul Brister (paul.brister@censa.net) to discuss submissions and potential themes. 

CENSA looks to publish this book no later than August 2017, and the editing team will establish timelines to ensure timeliness of publication as soon as responses are recieved.

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