Accession Number:

ADA522933

Title:

Stability Operations and the Colombian Army: A Case for Implementation of New Doctrine

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-21

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

Colombia has been involved in an internal conflict since 1949 following the assassination of the popular liberal political leader, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan. Afterward, the two radical political parties, liberals and conservatives, began a bloody struggle that grew systematically creating todays narco-terrorist organization FARC Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and other smaller as ELN National Liberation Army. Therefore, Military Stability Operations become very important for Colombia because the military is the element of national power that ensures state presence in every region of Colombia to include those with some actual threat by terrorist organizations. By executing stability operations, the military would support state agencies to ensure the population well being and therefore be able to bring to Colombia long-standing peace. Establishing Colombian stability operations doctrine based on successful U.S. doctrine, and modified by the Colombian environment and experience, could create synergy in the Colombian governments efforts towards meeting the needs of security and state governance. The importance of stability operations is more noticeable in current conflicts not only the one in Colombia but also the ones faced by the U.S. and coalition Forces. Todays conflicts are among the population and not only against a well-structured and defined enemy. The essence of stability operations is because they bring safety and security to a beleaguered populace. Executing stability operations will support to restore basic public order and a semblance of normalcy to life and time to rebuild the institutions of government and market economy that provide the foundations for enduring peace and stability. By implementing in other countries the proposed model for stability operations in Colombia, the U.S. and allies could reduce their military presence abroad and focus on economic support and development.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE