Should the U.S Army Establish a Peacekeeping Training Center
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper explores the notion that as multinational peacekeeping operations have evolved since the end of the cold war, the United States Army has increasingly participated in military Operations Other Than War MOOTW, usually under complex and politically sensitive circumstances. While there are now a host of publications related to peacekeeping operations, such as Field Manual FM 100-23, Peace Operations, and the Joint Task Force Commanders Handbook for Peace Operations, peacekeeping itself is not viewed as a separate mission requiring the integration of specialized preparation into existing training programs. It is very much viewed as a mission to be prepared for utilizing just enough and just in time procedures, as stated in FM 100-23. This paper discusses the likelihood of increased U.S. involvement in peacekeeping operations, and the references to such an assumption contained in national policy and strategy documents. The lack of a serious, Army-wide process to developing a systematic, integrated approach to soldier skill development in the many and diverse areas of MOOTW is also discussed. Finally,the paper proposes the establishment of a permanent U.S. Army Peacekeeping Training Center and a Peacekeeping Training Module to enable soldiers and leaders at all levels to become better equipped with the knowledge and skills specifically related to modern peacekeeping operations.
- Defense Systems
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics