Burke Chair on Lessons of War

Continuing the work of Arleigh A. Burke Chair holder Anthony H. Cordesman’s seminal four-volume series, the "Lessons of War" project analyzes current and recent U.S. military operations. The project seeks to capture knowledge gained from U.S. military experiences in a rapidly evolving warfighting environment.

The Lessons of War are informed by a wide array of inputs, from U.S. military and civilian ground experience to comparison to historical data and trend analysis. Implications on future warfighting and warplanning constructs—as well training, equipment, and personnel asset requirements—are all brought to bear. The project includes topic-specific reports representing a comprehensive and ongoing effort to coalesce multiple concurrent efforts into a cohesive and useful analysis of recent major operations.

Project topics include:

  • Lessons of post–Cold War conflict
  • Ongoing lessons of the Iraq War
  • Ongoing lessons of Afghanistan
  • Lessons of international cooperation in counterterrorism
  • Lessons of the Global War on Terror
  • Lessons of intelligence successes and failures

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In addition to several published books that can be purchased online from the CSIS Press, the project focuses on the steady development of working documents that are revised on an ongoing basis. As a result, all of the material provided in this section should be regarded as working material that is subject to update.  To provide suggestions corrections to any material, please send your comments to the Office of the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at BurkeChair@csis.org