Accession Number:

ADA458267

Title:

Peacekeeping and Related Stability Operations: Issues of U.S. Military Involvement

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-05-18

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

The second session of the 109th Congress may well face decisions regarding the preparation of U.S. military forces for stability missions, a broad doctrinal term of which a major subset is peace operations. A November 28, 2005, Department of Defense DOD directive that designates stability operations as core missions of the U.S. military marks a major shift on the future necessity of performing peacekeeping and related stability operations also known as stabilization and reconstruction operations. For over a decade, some Members of Congress expressed reservations about U.S. military involvement in peacekeeping operations. The Bush Administration initially opposed such missions and took steps to reduce the commitment of U.S. troops to international peacekeeping. This action reflected a major concern of the l990s that peacekeeping duties had overtaxed the shrinking U.S. military force and were detrimental to military readiness i.e., the ability of U.S. troops to defend the nation.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE