InterAgency Papers


The InterAgency Paper (IAP) series is published by the Command and General Staff College Foundation Press for the Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation. The series is designed to provide an outlet for original research and scholarly papers on topics that will stimulate professional discussion and contribute to a better understanding of the interagency aspects of topics including national security; counterterrorism; stabilization and reconstruction operations; homeland defense and security; and disaster preparation and response. InterAgency Papers aim to focus in-depth on a particular national security issue involving the cooperation, collaboration, and coordination among and between governmental departments, agencies, and offices.

The Simons Center is always looking for authors to contribute manuscripts reflecting their experience, study and insight. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their works after a review of the Simons Center Writer’s Submission Guidelines , the Simon’s Center Style Guide and the Simons Center Interagency Research Topics list. Manuscripts may be submitted online through the Contribute Content page or by contacting editor@thesimonscenter.org.

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IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge



IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge
by Benjamin Cabana Interagency coordination for complex contingency operations is an extremely difficult challenge. Bringing together the various tools of American power in a holistic manner is widely recognized as a serious roadblock to successful stabilization and reconstruction operations. Defense, development, and diplomacy are all required for a successful stability… Read More

IAP 15W (January 2015) Embracing the Interagency Implications of a Changing National Security Strategy



IAP 15W (January 2015) Embracing the Interagency Implications of a Changing National Security Strategy

This paper examines the criticality of Army-interagency collaboration and assess the Army’s readiness to effectively engage and leverage the interagency. It discusses existing guidance and illustrate the need for a more clearly-articulated Army interagency strategy.

IAP 14W (November 2014) Strategic Approach to Combat Transnational Organized Crime



IAP 14W (November 2014) Strategic Approach to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

This paper looks at the disjointed efforts, a lack of understanding, and limited motivation to participate that characterize the current state of affairs on combating transnational organized crime, and examines approaches to better address this issue. The authors discuss whole-of-government and partner-nation efforts to combat transnational organized crime.