Stability Operations: Policy and Doctrine Awaiting Implementation
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The contemporary global environment is complex and changing. A variety of threats to US national security require military formations proficient in missions across the spectrum of conflict offense, defense, and stability. Strategy and doctrine direct proficiency in stability yet an offensive and defensive focused culture, maneuver brigade organizational structure, and related processes prevent this. Stability has historically been one of the Armys most prevalent missions and because it is likely to remain so, strategic and operational improvements must be made. At the strategic level, following the example of Army Transformation, TRADOC strategic leaders must align culture to strategy and doctrine using cultural embedding mechanisms. At the operational level units and training institutions must internally reorganize, adopt doctrinal stability procedures, and emphasize education. Failure to make these changes will result in units with narrow capability, unable to conduct the stability missions our strategy requires.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics