Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-194).
What is the long war? -- Who is involved in the long war? -- What will affect the way the long war unfolds? -- How might the long war unfold? -- What does this mean for the Army? -- Observations on the long war -- Appendix: A. Short descriptions of ideology, governance, and terrorism -- B. The use of civilizational conflict when describing the long war -- C. Interpreting the influence diagram -- D. Relating long war strategies to grand strategies -- E. Location of oil and natural gas resources -- F. Demographic trends and factors -- G. Water in the Middle East.
The United States is currently engaged in a military effort that has been characterized as the "long war." This study explores the concept of long war and identifies ways in which it might unfold as well as the implications for the Army and the U.S. military more generally. This report uses the generation of either "trajectories" or alternative paths in which the long war might unfold to explore the implications for the U.S. military.