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Conflict Environment Task Force (Implications of Third World Urban Involvement)
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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Recommended policy principles include 1. Avoid Third World cities unless involvement is absolutely essential for the military mission and political objectives of the U.S. but recognize that many contingencies will make involvement unavoidable. 2. Prepare to provide pre-commitment estimates of the costs and risks of involvement. 3. Prepare to maximize intelligence and personnel skills and to minimize U.S. force logistics needs. 4. Maximize the role of indigenous and third party organizations in support of urban control and management. 5. For what remains, maximize the role of non-DoD elements of the U. S. Government and the U.S. private sector. 6. The DoD role should be residual, temporary, and transitional. Recognize that it will be impossible to provide every unified commander with his own full suite of resources emphasis should go instead to a central pool of expertise and resources. 7. Emphasize plans, preparations and measures that will fill gaps in mass communications and what locals view as minimum essential civil services so as to reduce the chances of chaos unrest and active hostility. Those services involve electricity, water, food, fuel and emergency and public health medicine. 8. Emphasize a low profile on the part of U.S. forces combined with and made feasible by cooperation with local elites, opinion leaders and police forces.
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