Pray for Peace. Prepare for War...and Stability Operations
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In support of the 2008 National Defense Strategy, former Defense Secretary Gates candidly advised that U.S. military capabilities needed to be balanced between those required to win decisively in any conventional fight and those required to successfully conduct stability operations . Our experience in Iraq highlights his concern, as U.S. forces seized Baghdad in three weeks but remained in Iraq for the rest of the decade trying to stabilize the country and solidify the victory. However, in light of the national fiscal crisis and the severe cuts expected in military budgets and force structure, is this balanced approach appropriate for the U.S. Army This study s thesis holds that Secretary Gates was correct in mandating that U.S. military forces maintain a balanced array of capabilities for the future. The paper is organized so as to review the latest policy and doctrine regarding stability operationstasks and assess whether these guidelines and directives are fully supported by history and various theories of war. The Army s key risk associated with achievement of the balanced approach is discussed, as well as recommendations for gaining and maintaining a true balance of capabilities in the future.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics