Accession Number : ADA299367

Title :   The Potential for Internal Warfare in the United States.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Curtner, Daniel D.

PDF Url : ADA299367

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 118

Abstract : Drawing upon the writings of social theorists, expositions on American society, public law, and military doctrine, this study examines the potential for internal warfare in the United States. It also addresses the potential for domestic conflict and limited forms of insurgency. The role of active military forces in countering these potential threats to internal security is discussed as well as the adequacy of public law and military doctrine. Social, political, economic, historical, and environmental characteristics of a nation serve as agents of cohesion or of conflict. The United States is increasingly divided over the social issues of race/ethnicity, religion, and crime. These three issues are exploited by some of the hostile groups which exist in the nation. These groups present a potentially violent threat to social order. Government assets and public law are adequate to deal with anticipated domestic threats. Military doctrine, however, lacks the connection between military operations in urban terrain and domestic civil disturbance. The potential nature of modern American social conflict is more organized and violent than that which our military doctrine addresses. This study concludes that internal warfare is not likely to occur, but increased social conflict and insurgency are on the horizon.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, UNITED STATES, ENVIRONMENTS, THREATS, SECURITY, TERRAIN, INTERNAL, RACE(ANTHROPOLOGY), ETHNIC GROUPS, CONFLICT, DOMESTIC, RELIGION, URBAN AREAS, FEDERAL LAW, COHESION, HUMAN RELATIONS, MILITARY LAW, CIVIL DISTURBANCES, INSURGENCY.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE