Accession Number:

ADA314867

Title:

Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear: Population Growth and the U.S. Army.

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

This monograph examines the influence of population growth in the developing world on the U.S. Armys mission within the national security strategy. The U.S. military in general and the U.S. Army in particular will not be the only, or even the most important, component of the U.S. response to the population problem. However, there will be certain aspects of the strategic threats posed by population growth that will require a military response. This monograph first examines the demographic environment to determine why population growth is a national security issue. Second, the military component of the population growth issue is investigated. Third, this monograph examines whether the U.S. Army is prepared, and if not, why not. Next, changes in organization and training are considered. Finally, this monograph shows that the demographic environment of the world in the first decades of the twenty-first century is likely to have as great an impact on how Americans perceive their lives as any threat on the strategic horizon. The U.S. Armys relevancy to Americans may have little to do with destroying enemy formations or seizing ground. Instead, the U.S. Armys relevancy to Americans may have a lot to do with stemming the flow of migrants at their point of origin and preventing a disrupting number of economic migrants from reaching the United States.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE