Restructuring Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Efforts for the Twenty First Century
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper underscores the critical need to incorporate conventional forces, as appropriate, into Department of Defense Humanitarian Mine Action HMA programs in order to meet the challenge of a dramatically changed world following the events of 11 September 2001. The current policy of only allowing Special Operations Forces SOF to execute HMA efforts is ineffective and obsolete. Humanitarian Mine Action is an ideal method of engagement and a critical tool available to the geographic Combatant Commander in support of the National Security Strategy NSS. This paper will examine the problem, propose alternatives and provide recommendations on how conventional forces may be utilized in HMA.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare
- Ammunition and Explosives