"This first set of issue papers is based on the papers presented at the Civil Affairs Symposium at the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, PA, in November 2014, held in conjunction with three panel discussions. These were published and launched at the annual Civil Affairs Roundtable in March 2015 at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. The intent, for the foreseeable future, is to enter into a cycle of issue papers presented and selected every fall at the annual Symposium and the publication and the discussion of the resulting issue papers every spring at the annual roundtable. At that time those present will nominate the topic of the next issue papers and request papers thereafter. The Civil Affairs Issue Papers, under the larger rubric of 'The Future of Civil Affairs,' look at a host of issues, among them: mission, doctrine, and operations; executive and legal authorities; Joint/Service proponent; force design, structure, and management; force mix and integration of Active and Reserve Components; recruitment, career management, and education and training; and, inter-organizational partnering."