Needed -- A Netherlands Stabilization and Reconstruction Force
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING
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To remain relevant in the 21st century, the Dutch need to rapidly develop an expeditionary Netherlands Stabilization and Reconstruction Force that will support its NATO and European allies with enabling capabilities and serve as a bridge between the end of combat operations or disaster and the point at which a civilian-led, re-building effort is up and running. After the conclusion reached by political leaders that the Netherlands Armed Forces are no longer needed to defend its territorial boundaries, it is time for a debate about the primary mission of the Dutch military. For the Dutch government, Just Cause to use force is more important than ever. Furthermore, recovery of international law and order is seen as the fundamental basis for future peaceful co-existence. War is viewed as legitimate only when the defeated nation and its population are supported by the reconstruction of their society and infrastructure. Against the national debate about the purpose and necessity of armed forces, and the reality that contemporary Dutch military operations do not involve major combat, it is the authors opinion that it is time for a new political and military reality. The classical way of war, the doctrine of ultimate and mass violence, has to change. The political choice must be made as to whether or not the Netherlands Armed Forces should obtain the capability for postwar operations and build a force that can conduct stabilization and reconstruction operations. The paper promotes such a transformation and refines its analysis by considering the pillars of DOTES Doctrine, Organization, Training, Equipment, and Support.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare