Accession Number : ADA545642


Title :   In Pursuit of British Public Support for the Next War


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL


Personal Author(s) : Denning, Darren J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a545642.pdf


Report Date : 17 Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 85


Abstract : Public support, as indicated by polling, for the War in Afghanistan deteriorated significantly from 2006 to 2011. This paper asks why there has been a drop in public support and what must be done to secure public support for the next war. This paper examines the Falklands War and the War in Afghanistan as case studies to determine where public support can be won or lost and examines the effects of the National Security Strategy, the media, and combat casualties for future wars. This paper argues that, following the UK experience in Afghanistan, the British people will no longer blindly or indefinitely support our wars and public support must be earned and managed by Her Majesty's Government. The British people will demand an understanding of the war aims, the costs in blood and treasure, the legal basis for the war, and its duration. This paper will conclude that British society has become so averse to protracted war that, without management of public support, future wars that become protracted will no longer be practicable.


Descriptors :   *UNITED KINGDOM , *WARFARE , *PUBLIC OPINION , SECURITY , THESES , CASE STUDIES , CASUALTIES , AFGHANISTAN , FALKLAND ISLANDS , STRATEGY , MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL , NATIONAL SECURITY , COSTS


Subject Categories : Civil Defense
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE