Accession Number : ADA328225

Title :   Considerations for the Development of a DoD Environmental Policy for Operations Other Than War.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Carr, David L.

PDF Url : ADA328225

Report Date : 30 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : Since the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense has evolved its warfighting strategy from traditional principles of land warfare to a new and decidedly more complex military strategy involving military operations other than war (OOTW). The strategic principles of OOTW require U.S. forces to achieve 'full spectrum dominance' across a wide range of military operations, ranging from peace missions to operations short of war. Political imperatives are closely intertwined with this new military strategy, and the ultimate success of these missions may depend on a political outcome as much as a military victory. In the past decade, concerns about the degradation of the world's environment and dwindling natural resources have become a politically sensitive issue, especially during operations other than war. The Department of Defense has made great strides in integrating environmental stewardship in all its military actions. Despite this emphasis on environmental protection, existing U.S. environmental laws and military regulations do not adequately cover OOTW. As a result, DoD has no strategic environmental policy, either Joint or Service, upon which it can base its environmental doctrine in OOTW. This paper represents the first phase of an environmental policy development project being conducted by the Army Environmental Policy Institute (AEPI). This report assesses the need for a joint environmental policy for OOTW, identifies the key policy issues, and provides specific recommendations for future policy development. This report also emphasizes the need to integrate joint doctrine on environment, health, and safety issues during OOTW, and is intended to serve as the foundation for a Department of Defense Instruction on Environmental Policy for OOTW.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *POLICIES, *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, *OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, GLOBAL, LAND WARFARE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, PEACETIME, MILITARY DOCTRINE, REGULATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE