Bosnia: Actualization of a Strategic Void
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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With a quite serious look on his face, the young man asked me, What were tanks doing in Bosnia He and his group were in Washington DC attending the National Youth Leadership Conference. As part of an introduction to national security strategy, they were visiting the National War College for the afternoon and had drawn me as their sponsor. I could see he was not kidding and wanted an honest answer for input to the Bosnia case study he had been assigned. Because, a tank happens to be a very effective peace enforcement tool, was my answer. The response elicited the chuckles I had hoped for. However, the young mans question hit at the heart of a professional question I had been pursuing during my year as a student. As a budding strategist, I wanted to understand Americas strategic interests in Bosnia and determine how President Clinton could deploy soldiers over the apparent opposition of Congress. I also wanted to investigate possible systemic changes required to enable the military to be more responsive to US interests and commitments in light of changing world conditions.
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