What is the School of Advanced Military Studies (US)?

Introduction The School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) is one of four United States Army schools that make up the United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This “enormously rigorous” graduate school comprises three programmes: the larger Advanced Military Studies Programme (AMSP); the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Programme (ASLSP),… Read More


What is a US Army Strategist?

Introduction United States Army Strategist or Functional Area 59 or FA59 is a functional area of the United States Army. While the US military and Army has had strategic thinkers throughout its history, the United States Army’s FA59 career field emerged in the late 1990’s with its first cohort beginning duty in 2001, partially due… Read More

What is the Basic Strategic Art Programme (US)?

Introduction The Basic Strategic Art Programme (BSAP) is an academic programme taught at the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The course was designed to support the educational requirements for Functional Area FA59 (FA59), US Army Strategist, formerly called Strategic Plans and Policy. The first course began in 2003 and the school continues… Read More

What was Operation United Assistance (2014)?

Introduction Operation United Assistance was a 2014 United States military mission to help combat the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, including the part of the epidemic occurring in Liberia. The 101st Airborne Division headquarters was responsible for leading the mission. Brief History The United States Africa Command, working through United States Army Africa, has… Read More

Who as Daniel Inouye?

Introduction Daniel Ken Inouye (/iːˈnoʊˌeɪ/ ee-NOH-ay; Japanese name: 井上 建, Inoue Ken; 07 September 1924 to 17 December 2012) was an American lawyer and politician who served as a United States senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. Beginning in 1959, he was the first US representative for the State of Hawaii.… Read More

Who was Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright?

Introduction Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV (23 August 1883 to 02 September 1953) was a career US Army officer and the Commander of Allied forces in the Philippines at the time Japan surrendered to the United States, during World War II. Wainwright was a recipient of the Medal of Honour for his courageous leadership during the… Read More

Who was Roy Benavidez?

Introduction Master Sergeant Raul Perez “Roy” Benavidez (05 August 1935 to 29 November 1998) was a United States Army master sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honour for his valorous actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on 02 May 1968, while serving as a member of the United States Army Special Forces… Read More