Bridging the Gap: The Military Role in Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The United States military has been historically dominant and successful on the battlefield. Translating this success through the post-conflict phase and achievement of the strategic end state has proven much more nebulous and difficult. The military does have a critical role to play in this transitional phase to facilitate successful transfer of control to appropriate civilian authorities. The historical record suggests trends and lessons which may be incorporated by the military leadership to provide guidance in how best to organize present military forces and capabilities for success in these Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations. By accepting its critical role in the post-conflict environment, the United States military can better ensure that the victory won in the hardships of war is not lost in pursuit of the final peace.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics