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The Role of Values in Operations- Today, Tomorrow and Beyond
Civilian research project
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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In any significant government run operation, all actions seem to be driven by values either in a positive or negative way depending on an individual s perspective. As we look at current military operations around the world, it is clear that values drive decision making from the strategic to the tactical level. Whether you take an historical perspective on the subject of armed conflict, break down today s actions in Afghanistan, or look at the future character of warfare, it is important to recognize that values play a central role. If Samuel Huntington were to make predictions on the next fifty years, his revisedupdated framework may begin to radically de-emphasize the Westphalian nation state as they continue to decline in relative power and envision the continuing emergence of transnational structures that continue to exert their influence worldwide. Whether it is Walmart, Google, Microsoft or BP, multinational corporations that are focused on generating revenue or more overtly sinister organizations such as Al Qaeda or an emerging piracy network, the interpretation of values and their role in engagements will continue to be prominent. In order to prevail in an era of persistent conflict, the United States must continue to not only embrace a values-based approach but also to inculcate a universal set of values across the entire security establishment.
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