Accession Number : ADA319862

Title :   White Papers - 2025. Volume 3. Book 1. Power and Influence.

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL CENTER FOR AEROSPACE DOCTRINE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

PDF Url : ADA319862

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 352

Abstract : The word frontier evokes an image of such distant borders as the American frontier of the nineteenth century or the beckoning unknown of space. It also suggests austerity, hardship, and lawlessness. The frontier of 2025 will be the streets and fields of the developing world. The battle will be for cooperation of people ravaged by poverty, disease, hunger, and crime. These problems will be epidemic, in some regions driving the US to choose wisely where, when, and how to act. The dilemma of 2025 will mirror today: whether to meet force with force or prevent violence by preempting it.' Within a domestic environment of increasing fiscal discipline and regard for life, the most efficient way to defend our national interest is to act before a situation flares into violence. One possibility is to dampen these violent flare-ups with a force dedicated to preventing or resolving conflict. However, this option requires a profound shift in focus and an unprecedented appreciation of degrees of conflict and hostility. Within each situation, there are instances where the application of lethal military force is appropriate. There are also instances where force is counterproductive. A murky void separates the two. We need to bridge that void. This paper advocates creating a small, rugged, and specialized composite force dedicated to creating and operating in the physical and psychological state we will call the peacespace. 2 The size and composition of the force will be crucial to success or failure. In 30 years, we envision that a composite force will consist of military, civil service, contractor, and international personnel. Aided by technological possibilities and new conceptual thinking, a security assurance force (SAF-pronounced Safe) will foster institutions required for long-term stability in a region.

Descriptors :   *PEACETIME, *SPACE WARFARE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), STARVATION, STABILITY, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, EFFICIENCY, LONG RANGE(TIME), REGIONS, LETHALITY, INTERNATIONAL, DOMESTIC, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, SECURITY PERSONNEL, FLARES.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Space Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE