Accession Number : ADA328729

Title :   US Military Force and Operations Other Than War. Necessary Questions to Avoid Strategic Failure

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Estilow, R. A.

PDF Url : ADA328729

Report Date : AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : Lt Col R. A. Estilow explores the possibility that much of operations other than war (OOTW) may be incompatible with the use of US military force. He believes political leaders may properly focus the diplomatic, political, economic, and informational elements of power on OOTW; but, often place too little regard on the specific object of the military element of power. Colonel Estilow reviews the military missions compiled today under OOTW, and then assesses the acceptability, feasibility, and suitability of using military combat force to pursue those missions. He observes that the decision to commit US military force to OOTW is critically important today. First, future trends of a changing world point toward developing a strategy that demands nontraditional forms and uses of military force. Second, we have already moved in this direction by rejecting the Weinberger Doctrine, which provided traditional criteria for commitment of military force. Most importantly, we have adopted a National Security Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement, which relies heavily upon and even aggressively seeks the more active involvement of the US military in OOTW.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DEPLOYMENT, NATIONAL SECURITY, MOBILIZATION, MILITARY DOCTRINE, COMBAT READINESS, THREAT EVALUATION, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, MILITARY PLANNING, MULTIMISSION.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE