Pursuing the Human Domain Risks Reinvesting on the Basics
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The U.S. Armys analysis of its recent wars has generated an emerging concept for dealing with the drawdown and remaining an effective force. However, this concept, the Human Domain, does not lend credence to the reality that land forces have always operated amongst populations. The new term risks diverting the attention of U.S. land forces from concentrating on the essential capabilities, capacities, and resources required to fulfill Department of Defense 21st Century priorities. The Human Domain inadvertently obscures the negative lessons learned from 10 years of conflict, thereby shifting focus from making the right investment choices on Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Logistics, Personnel, and Facilities. This paper argues that the time, money, and effort spent on pursuing the Human Domain are wasteful and should cease immediately. The Human Domain is an invalid term, and it is not equal to the other domains used in the joint lexicon.
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