Lessons Unlearned: Somalia and Joint Doctrine
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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As the Armed Forces prepare for new peacekeeping assignments, the lessons learned from operations in Somalia continue to have cutting-edge relevance. Some of those lessons were clearly learned and applied in Haiti, while others dominate planning for any Bosnian deployment. These specific insights are important for current and future operations, but our experience in Somalia also highlighted the enduring problem of effectively integrating joint operations. Despite the difficulties of working with the United Nations and coalition partners in a new, demanding class of missions, U.S. forces were beset by deficiencies in joint operations which persist ten years after passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Act. The larger lesson of the book on which this article is based, Somalia Operations Lessons Learned, is that we must forge closer links among three processes the way we plan operations, the way we draw lessons from those operations, and the way we apply the lessons in formulating joint doctrine.
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