Your Turn to Run Your Country Just Ended: Global-Reach Regime Replacement
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Global-Reach Regime Replacement, alternately referred to as GR3, is a proposed method to forcibly remove an existing regime from power, replace it with a new government, and conduct appropriate levels of stability and reconstruction operations in the aftermath. Within the context of the contemporary operating environment COE, this monograph examines the hypothesis that the Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan JSCP should assign responsibility for GR3 to the United States Strategic Command USSTRATCOM. Drawing upon analyses of regime replacement operations in Panama, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the monograph evaluates the GR3 concept against the criteria of feasibility, acceptability, and suitability. In each case, GR3 meets the criteria and frequently provides comparative advantages over military methods that require the build-up of conventional forces before the commencement of operations. The resulting primary recommendation is that the JSCP should task USSTRATCOM to develop GR3 into a supporting plan ready for implementation by the regional Combatant Commanders. No plan for GR3 currently exists. Yet in an environment of uncertainty, where threats from far-flung regimes may quickly surface, it is a capability invaluable to the security of the United States. The flexibility and agility of GR3 provides a method for swift action against regimes that threaten the vital interests of the United States. Additionally, it also brings the capability to expand legitimate governance should regime replacement become necessary.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Command, Control and Communications Systems