An American Way of Political Warfare: A Proposal
RAND CORP ARLINGTON VA ARLINGTON United States
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American combat experiences since 2001 have revealed stunning military capabilities and repeated tactical successes. Yet the United States has failed to achieve acceptable and durable political arrangements that serve and protect U.S. interests, suggesting that there are fundamental flaws in its approach to modern warfare. The U.S. approach has emphasized existing and largely conventional models and tools, making little accommodation for a changing adversary and its evolution toward nonconventional means. The consequence has been troubled campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq against the Islamic State and against various irregular forces in Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere. And the United States is unprepared to contest the nonconventional means being employed by revisionist, revolutionary, and rogue powers, which the U.S. National Security Strategy recognizes as engaged in fundamentally political contests employing a blend of political, economic, cyber, and military tools.
- Unconventional Warfare
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Government and Political Science