For over a decade, SSI has published the annual Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) to inform students, faculty, and external research associates of strategic topics requiring research and analysis. Part I of the Academic Year (AY) 2015-2016 KSIL, referred to as the Chief of Staff of the Army Special Interest Topics, consists of five critical topics that will be addressed by the USAWC as Integrated Research Projects. Part II: Priority Research Areas, has been developed by the U.S. Army War College in coordination with Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) and Major Commands throughout the Army. Part III: Army Warfighting Challenges, developed by ARCIC, represents those critical issues associated with the Army Operating Concept, "Win in a Complex World." The KSIL will help prioritize strategic research and analysis conducted by USAWC students and faculty, USAWC Fellows, and external researchers, to link their research efforts and results more effectively to the Army's highest priority topics.