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Undeclared Wars: The Packaging of a National Security Strategy for the 1990's
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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One of the most intractable issues of foreign affairs and national security decision-making since Americas conception has been the allocation of power between the executive and legislative branches of government on the use of military force to implement national security strategy. In the 1980s the issue evolved into a debate over when, where and how to use military force, notion who was to initiate the action. The new roles for the military in peacekeeping and peace enforcement have become significantly more important since the end of the cold war, but are not new. History is replete with examples where the executive and legislative branches debated the appropriate role for and control of the military in undeclared wars. The US military and civilian leadership need look no further than the lessons of the past to focus their deliberations on the appropriate role for the military in national security strategy matters for the next decade.
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