Accession Number : ADA479656


Title :   The Long War and America's Relationship With Its Military


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Field, Kimberly C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a479656.pdf


Report Date : 23 Mar 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 39


Abstract : The unique characteristics of the Global War on Terrorism have implications for the relationship society has with its military, and therefore, for military effectiveness in achieving political ends. Using an institutional presence theoretical foundation, four factors of the GWOT are described: the length of the conflict; its prosecution through an All-Volunteer Force; the fact that it is directed at non-states actors; and the nature of the enemies' methods. The author discovers that each factor does close, create or widen the gap between the military and society. However, this is not necessarily problematic given the nature of this struggle, particularly if one focuses on effective formulation and execution of strategy. Finally, recommendations for managing the gap are included.


Descriptors :   *CIVIL AFFAIRS , *IRAQI WAR , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , MILITARY STRATEGY , PUBLIC OPINION , COUNTERTERRORISM , CONFLICT


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE