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Putting the "FIL" into "DIME": Growing Joint Understanding of the Instruments of Power

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Journal Article - Open Access

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Air Force Section Honduras, U.S. Military Group, U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa

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While the U.S. military tends to view the instruments of power IOPs strictly through the lens of the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic DIME framework, it is increasingly imperative to consider additional IOPs such as finance, intelligence, and law enforcement FIL. The U.S. military focuses primarily on the kinetic employment of the military, prioritizing the big M to demonstrate power, destroy the enemy, and celebrate victory. This military-centric approach often neglects other IOPs, resulting in suboptimal use of resources, the creation of an echo chamber, and poor transitions to other organizations, agencies, andor national governments. The emergence of a new strategic environment necessitates an orchestration of multiple instruments of power. As a result, it is perhaps time to transition from a DIME to DIME-FIL concept.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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