April 25, 2016: Despite significant investments of time and money by the military to reduce interpersonal violence and educate service members on appropriate interpersonal behaviors; bias, harassment and sexual assault continue to be a major problem in the armed forces. To solve the military sexual assault problem, it is critical that leaders, policy makers and individuals understand the Continuum of Harm which connects a broad range of deeply rooted beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that lead to sexual violence. During this event, organizational and individual approaches to tackling these challenges will be examined. Participants include psychologists, practitioners, researchers and DOD officials who are working to end military sexual violence. This session is designed to increase awareness of the various forms of interpersonal violence and expand the discussion about preventing and eliminating these behaviors. This event is hosted by the Service Women's Action Network in Arlington, VA and you can RSVP here.
February 4, 2016: Hosted by the Service Women's Action Network, the conference featured academic experts, organizational change practitioners, and military professionals providing advice on how to successfully implement change. The conference was intended to educate past and present service members, the media, policymakers, and DOD civilians and military leaders responsible for implementing this change. Topics included the following: Managing Operational Change, Analysis and Recommendations for the Service Implementation Plans, and Best Practices for Combat Units.
October 14, 2015: Read Ellen Haring and Megan MacKenzie's analysis of the October 2015 Marine Corps study on the integration of women into combat occupations.
August 27, 2015: WIIS co-hosted a networking event with distinguished guests to discuss and reflect on the recent graduation of two women from the U.S. Army Ranger School. 1st Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest received their Ranger tabs on August 21, 2015, becoming the first women ever to successfully complete the U.S. Army's Ranger School at Fort Benning, GA. The graduation of two women from a grueling course that puts a premium on physical strength and endurance is a testament to women's desire and ability to perform in combat roles.
Women In Combat: Lessons Learned from Cultural Support Teams
July 12-14: A discussion on the topic of Women in Combat with former members of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Cultural Support Teams (CSTs). The CSTs consisted of small teams of U.S. servicewomen who were specially selected, trained, and deployed in support of special operations missions in Afghanistan. The women served with Ranger teams during direct action missions and on Special Forces teams during village stability operations. What did these teams do while supporting special operations forces? What challenges did they face as they integrated the all-male Special Forces and Ranger teams? How did their deployment help the mission in Afghanistan? What lessons can they share for integrating women into combat units? These questions and more will be addressed at this event.
Update: Read the Latest Policy Briefing Report on CSTs here: Policy Brief - Women in Combat- CSTs
July 13: A discussion on the topic of Women in Combat with former members of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Cultural Support Teams (CSTs). The CSTs consisted of small teams of U.S. servicewomen who were specially selected, trained, and deployed in support of special operations missions in Afghanistan. The women served with Ranger teams during direct action missions and on Special Forces teams during village stability operations. What did these teams do while supporting special operations forces? What challenges did they face as they integrated the all-male Special Forces and Ranger teams? How did their deployment help the mission in Afghanistan? What lessons can they share for integrating women into combat units? These questions and more will be addressed at this event.
Read all about the event from one of the CST Working Group members, CAPT Meredith Mathis here.
Women in Combat: Where They Stand
April 27, 2015: Women in International Security, Alliance for National Defense, the Reserve Officer’s Association and No Exceptions hosted a half day event to examine what has changed for US servicewomen since the 2013 rescission of the Department of Defense ground combat exclusion policy.
Watch the C-SPAN coverage of the event here.
May 2014: Women in Combat: Experiences of Partner Nations symposium
January 2014: Hill Briefing
Event, February 2013
January 28, 2014: Integration of Women in Ground Combat: A Snap Shot One Year Later
July, 2013: Four Critical Elements of Successful Integration by Kerry Crawford
September 28, 2015: Marine Corps Study Analysis
April, 2015: Combat Integration Status Report
January 22, 2015 Combat Integration: A Snapshot Two Years Later
January 1, 2015: Combat Integration: Status Update
Articles and Press Releases
December 3, 2015: The United States Armed Forces Opens all Combat Roles to Women by Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat for WIIS Global
October 20, 2015: Nonprofits engaged in debate over women in combat by Mark Athitakis for Associations Now
October 17, 2015: 'Flawed' study casts doubts on mixed-gender units in US marine corps by Joanna Walters for The Guardian
October 15, 2015: Marine Corps Study Finds No Detriment to Morale in Mixed-Gender Combat Units by Dave Philipps for The New York Times
October 15, 2015: Marine reports show path to women in combat by
October 15, 2015: In Marine unit focused on integrating women, seven sex assaults reported by Dan Lamothe for The Washington Post
October 14, 2015: Exclusive access to Marine Corps study shows it misses the mark by Ellen Haring and Megan MacKenzie.
July 6, 2015: Deck stacked against women in experimental task force by Col. Ellen Haring (ret.) for Marine Corps Times
June 10, 2015: 1st Female Soldier Graduates Jungle Warfare School for Military1.com
May 29, 2015: Can Women Be Infantry Marines? by Col. Ellen Haring (ret.) for War on the Rocks
February 26, 2015: Can Women Cut It In Combat?: Of course. If they can, let's add them to the cutting edge. We will need them by Lt. Robert Bateman for Esquire
January 16, 2015: Rangers are NOT leading the way by Col. Ellen Haring (ret.) for Foreign Policy
January 3, 2015: Want to make the military more effective?: Address the problem of sexual assault by Robert Egnell for Foreign Policy
September 2013: For a Limited Time Only: Setting women Marines up for success by Capt. Katelyn van Dam for Marine Corps Gazette
September 5, 2013: A Col.'s View of Commander's Authority by Col. Ellen Haring (ret.) for Foreign Policy
August 1, 2013: Women and the Audie Murphy Model by Col. Ellen Haring (ret.) for the Armed Forces Journal
Summer 2013: Women in Battle: Gender Perspectives and Fighting by Robert Egnell for Parameters
Summer 2013: Women in Battle: What Women Bring to the Fight by Col. Ellen Haring for Parameters
3rd Quarter 2013: Insights From the Women in Combat Symposium by Col. Ellen Haring for Joint Forces Quarterly
June 24, 2013: To Stop Sexual Assault Against Women in the US Military Add More Women by Col. Ellen Haring and Anne Coughlin for The Christian Science Monitor
June 20, 2013: In the Army Sex Discrimination Begins at West Point by Anne M. Coughlin and Col. Ellen L. Haring for The Washington Post
February 19, 2013: Making a Case for Females on the Front Lines by Mary Jennings Hegar for The Houston Chronicle
January 26, 2013: A Woman Who Has Already Seen Combat by Mary Jennings Hegar for National Public Radio
November 2012: Marines or Marines*? by Chris and Jeannette Haynie for Proceedings Magazine
Interviews - The First Two Women Graduate from Ranger School
August 18, 2015: Senior Fellow Ellen Haring provided insight as to what women graduating from Ranger School means for the future of women in the security field.
- CNN Interview: "First Women Soldiers Complete U.S. Ranger Training"
- Huffington Post Interview: "Women To Become Army Rangers, Barred From Combat"
- PBS Interview: "Will the first women to finish Ranger School change what’s off limits in the military?"