Accession Number:

ADA283762

Title:

Decisive Force -- The New American Way of War

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Nov 1993-Mar 1994

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI ADVANCED RESEARCH PROGRAM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-03-02

Pagination or Media Count:

233.0

Abstract:

The 1992 National Military Strategy contained a new strategic concept titled Decisive Force. The project traced the development and evaluated the merits of a New American Way of War embodied in the Decisive Force concept. Lessons about the utility of force from 4 different conflicts were examined. These conflicts included Vietnam Lebanon 1982-1984 Panama and the Persian Gulf Conflict. The examination of each conflict was made using a four-stage assessment including the objectives of each case how force was used or limited civil-military relationships and finally, aspects of popular support for each intervention. The following conclusions were drawn about Decisive Force 1 It is derived from perceived lessons learned from the past two decades 2 It is consistent with our strategic culture 3 It is a very useful declaratory policy 4 It is not universally applicable across the conflict spectrum and 5 It does not represent a direct challenge to effective civil-military relations

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE