Training for Operations Other Than War (Stability Operations): Front End Analysis.
Final rept. Oct 94-Oct 95,
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An Army Research Institute Infantry Forces Research Unit work program on Improving Light Forces Low Intensity Conflict Training for Operations Other Than War was planned as research on Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations but expanded to address the gamut of stability and security operations. This report documents a Front End Analysis and literature review. The literature review, the majority of this report, examined the doctrinal manuals and other Governmental publications, including articles from the Center for Army Lessons Learned, the Government Accounting Office, military magazines and professional papers. The literature review was supplemented by observations and interviews. Doctrine indicates that a unit trained for war is considered to be trained for other than war operations. Leaders who know the prevailing rules of engagement can adapt unit warfighting skills to meet the requirements of the mission. Popular literature increasingly discusses the area, and soldiers involved in recent deployments are eager to share the unique lessons learned. Stability operations may be more complex than first apparent. The bibliography and some summary reports on stability operations show that information on stability operations goes beyond specific tasks, in preparing leaders for rapidly changing, always challenging, and often difficult missions.
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