Accession Number : ADA282447

Title :   U.S.-West European Cooperation in Out-of-Area Military Operations. Problems and Prospects.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Kugler, Richard L.

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 204

Abstract : During the Cold War, the United States and its Western European allies focused their military planning on defense of NATO's borders. The arrival of the out-of-area era, an era in which military intervention may be required outside the alliance area, confronts these nations with new and troublesome questions: Under what circumstances will Western interests dictate military intervention in crises outside the alliance area? To what degree will the United States and its allies be able to cooperate together when military force is required? How can political cooperation among these nations best be nourished? Now that down sizing is under way, will U.S. and West European military forces be adequate to the task, and how can their forces be improved to make them better? Focusing on these and related questions, this study conducts a political-military appraisal of the out-of-area era now rapidly drawing. It analyzes the issues surrounding out-of-area military operations and offers options for making improvements. Its goal is not to prescribe future policies, but rather to illuminate and inform.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT AREAS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *UNITED STATES, *WESTERN EUROPE, *COOPERATION, *INTERVENTION, MILITARY OPERATIONS, PROBLEM SOLVING.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE