Accession Number : ADA302692

Title :   Non-Traditional Missions and the U.S. Military: Past, Present, and Prospects.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Jeff R.

PDF Url : ADA302692

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 163

Abstract : Non-traditional military missions have become a topical issue in tne United States since the end of the Cold War and are an important concern for the All-Volunteer Force. Many feel that military involvement in activities such as disaster relief, civil-military programs, humanitarian assistance, and peacekeeping is revolutionary, inappropriate, and contrary to the central purpose of the armed forces. However, American military forces have participated in non-traditional missions throughout the country's history. These missions have been a vital part of military service as the focus of the military changed along with the nation. This thesis defines non-traditional missions and reviews U.S. military participation over three periods: 1776 to 1973, when America's involvement in the Vietnam war ended and the All-Volunteer Force was initiated; 1973 until the end of the Cold War in 1989; and 1989 to the present. This sets the stage for a detailed evaluation of the reasons for and against continued involvement in non-traditional missions. Recommendations balancing the military's legacy of non-traditional missions with current needs and constraints are offered to suggest a course for the future.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MISSION PROFILES, *ALL VOLUNTEER, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), WARFARE, DISASTERS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, EMERGENCIES, THESES, COLD WAR, VIETNAM.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE