Bosnia--Searching For an Exit Strategy: Is There One.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph addresses the issue of Intervention Exit Strategies for U.S. Army forces. U.S Army forces are as of April 1999, involved in Peace Enforcement Operations in Bosnia. It is an open ended operation with no declared termination strategy. Current Joint Military Doctrine does not address the issue of Exit Strategy, although it is debated constantly among the civilian and military leadership of the United States. As the U.S. contemplates interventions in other conflicts, the issue of exiting from Bosnia is a recurrent theme on which the discussion is based. This monograph is organized into three sections. It examines whether the key concepts of campaign design can be used by Theater Level Commanders to develop and implement a viable exit strategy. Those elements are Center of Gravity, Decisive Points, Lines of Operations, and Culmination. The monograph posits that proper use of these elements in planning an intervention campaign should result in the ability of U.S. Army forces to intervene, accomplish their mission, and exit as planned.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics