Accession Number : ADA314772

Title :   The Military Instrument of Power in Small Wars: The Case of El Salvador.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Pinkston, Bobby R.

PDF Url : ADA314772

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : This monograph discusses the role the American military instrument of power played in supporting the government of El Salvador during its battle against rebel forces during the period 1980-1992. The U.S. provided extensive military, political and economic assistance to the Salvadoran government during this period. This study determines the specific contributions of the U.S. military assistance. This study first examines the geographic, economic, and political background of El Salvador. It then examines the course of the Salvadoran revolution, with emphasis on the American military involvement. Next, it analyzes the specific contributions the U.S. military made in supporting the Salvadoran government. Finally, this monograph highlights the unique contributions of the U.S. military instrument of power and also the military lessons learned from the involvement in El Salvador. This evaluation of the military instrument of power, and the lessons learned from its use in El Salvador, help provide insight into the potential uses of the military instrument of power in future 'small wars'.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *FOREIGN POLICY, *LESSONS LEARNED, *MILITARY ASSISTANCE, *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), *EL SALVADOR, *LIMITED WARFARE, MILITARY HISTORY, ECONOMICS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY CAPABILITIES, POWER, MILITARY TRAINING, MILITARY PLANNING, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL REVOLUTION, POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS, FOREIGN AID, INSURGENCY.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE