Accession Number : ADA312251

Title :   Special Operations Forces and Non-State Actors in Operation Uphold Democracy: A Case Study.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 31 Jul 95-7 Jun 96,

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

Personal Author(s) : Pattee, Phillip G.

PDF Url : ADA312251

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 122

Abstract : This study investigates the role of Special Operations Forces in the other than war environment of Haiti during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. It is specifically concerned with the potential of nonstate actors to either assist or hinder Special This study investigates the role of Operations Forces in the attainment of national and military objectives. In view of the fact that Haiti is only one case study, this thesis concentrates on current U.S. Army and Joint doctrine for operations other than war using Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY as a measure of their effectiveness. The thesis concludes that current doctrine is generally effective and useful for planning and conducting future operations. The study noted that current doctrine promotes the idea that association with some nonstate actors would have the effect of inadvertently legitimizing them. This study suggests that association with the Haitian Armed Forces and the nonstate actor, Front for Advancement and Progress of Haiti actually degraded legitimacy of U.S. forces, while the legitimacy of the nonstate actor and the Haitian Armed Forces was not enhanced. The study suggests that working with nongovernment organizations on a basis of convenience, rather that a contractual basis, hindered SOF ability to achieve unity of effort and the social and economic end state.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *HAITI, *PEACEKEEPING, *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, WARFARE, ENVIRONMENTS, ECONOMICS, THESES, CASE STUDIES, DEMOCRACY.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE