Accession Number : ADA298141

Title :   Force Protection: A Critical Function During Military Operations Other than War.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Lindner, James F.

PDF Url : ADA298141

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The unique nature of Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) makes the identification and achievement of strategic and operational objectives difficult. This often focuses emphasis on the cost of the operation. Consequently, losses in personnel or equipment can disproportionately affect strategic and operational decisions. Force Protection, therefore, becomes a critical function during MOOTW. Although progress on force protection doctrine has been made, it continues to focus on traditional security measures implemented at the tactical level. This paper reviews existing force protection doctrine and recent force protection efforts in Somalia. A recommendation for a joint force protection doctrine is made. This doctrine would include the unique threat to US forces posed by MOOTW and it would direct that traditional and non-traditional security measures be applied as part of a synergistic program, planned and directed at the operational level. In addition, recommendations for the improvement of organizational structure and intelligence support for force protection are also made.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *PROTECTION, FUNCTIONS, WARFARE, INTELLIGENCE, ORGANIZATIONS, SECURITY, COSTS, OPERATION, SOMALIA, SYNERGISM, DOCTRINE.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE