The U.S. Military's Role in Peace Operations: Time to Wash the Windows
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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President Clintons remarks, quoted in Presidential Decision Directive PDD 25, set the stage for United States US involvement in peace operations, or operations other than war OOTW, which encompass a spectrum of activities from peacekeeping and peace enforcement to disaster relief and humanitarian assistance Subsequent iterations of the National Security Strategy NSS and National Military Strategy NMS confirm US participation in peace operations as valid components of the national security and military strategies. Joint and Service doctrinal guidance have emerged detailing military considerations for involvement in OOTW Most recently, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CJCS issued a May 1997 Concept for Future Joint Operations which identifies US military participation in humanitarian assistance and prevention and resolution as a military-specific trend. Yet, despite this foundation for military involvement both civilian and military leaders tentatively embrace these nontraditional peace operations, which they reason may detract from our warfighting capability.
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