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International Society of Military Sciences (ISMS) 2012 Annual Conference

Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston Ontario Canada

23-24 October 2012

"Balancing domestic and international security requirement"

The cost of the war in Afghanistan is considered to be a heavy burden on taxpayers in the countries that participated in this war. Domestic pressure, political/electoral deadline and the context of economic crisis in the world since 2008 led these countries to make tough choices. Thus, the issue of balancing national interests and international security considerations has become more urgent than ever.

The conference is built around the following nine working groups:

War Studies; Military History; Military Technology; Leadership, Command and Control; Law and Ethics; Security Defence Policy; Armed Forces and Society; Defence Management; Military Education

Description of the ISMS Working Groups

1.   1. War studies. Military strategy, operational art and tactics, contemporary operations, conflict, future warfare, asymmetrical warfare, psychological operations, peace support ops, COIN, military support for civil authority, doctrine development, military theory and practice, lessons learned and identified, terrorism and counter-terrorism, organized crime, intelligence, military policing, international police operations, regional approaches, privatization of security, special forces.

2.   2. Military history. Chronological, geographical, component (army, navy, air force), thematic, military biography.

3.  3. Military technology. Information systems, systems testing, impact of technology on operations, weaponry, interaction with human dimension, R&D agendas, industry connections, life cycles and defence acquisition, network centric warfare and network enabled capabilities.

4.  4. Leadership, Command and control and basic competence. Sense-making, trust, stress, group cohesion and resilience, case studies, cultural awareness, gender, communication skills, mediation & negotiation, self-reflection, organizational culture, diversity management, temporary units, physical and psychological characteristics, human factors analysis, cognitive abilities, recruitment and selection, education and training, post-traumatic stress, military medicine.

5.    5. Law and ethics. International law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, rules of engagement, jus in Bello, jus ad bellum, jus pos bellum, status of forces agreements, pre-emptive action, moral dilemmas, values and transmission of values.

6.     6. Security and defence policy and strategy. International organizations, actors, factors-threats, cooperation, security regimes, alliances and coalitions, interests, risk evaluation and management, international relations, scenario development, crisis management, security complexes, influence strategy, coercion, deterrence, modelling, game theory, defence diplomacy, etc.

7.       7. Armed forces and society. Nation-building, institutional gaps, military sociology, armed forces as societies, armed forces in society, civil-military relations, conscription and professional armies, gender-ethnicity-identity and minorities, military families, unions and soldier associations, social experimentation and social activism with armed forces, media, public opinion, democratic control of armed forces, security sector reform, international cooperation, privatization.

8.      8. Defence management and economics. Resource management, change management, transformation, cost-benefit analysis, logistics, defence acquisition, strategic personnel policy, accounting, defence administration, military industrial complex, measures of effectiveness, benchmarking, outsourcing, privatization, base closures, infrastructure issues.

            9.  Military Education.  Curriculum development, pedagogy, standards and evaluation, professional development, academic freedom, case studies/simulations/exercises, professional collegiality in military education.

     The ISMS is an international academic organization composed of eight military universities/national defence colleges: The Royal Military College of Canada, the Norwegian Military Academy, the Finnish National Defence University, the Swedish National Defence Academy, the Netherlands Defence Academy, the Austrian National Defence Academy, the Belgian Royal Military Academy and the Baltic Defence College. The purpose of the ISMS is to foster academic research, cooperation and publication in the fields of security studies and military studies.