Induced Insecurity: Understanding the Potential Pitfalls in Developing Theater Campaign Plans
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT FORCES STAFF COLLEGE
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The United States 2015 National Security Strategy NSS and its subordinate strategies emphasize the building of cooperation amongst the worlds militaries as a means to maintain peace. While alliances and partnerships serve an important purpose in ensuring security both at home and abroad, the United States military should be selective in choosing how much cooperation is necessary and with whom to establish these relationships . Indiscriminately building military partnerships on a global scale to support the larger Nss goals has the potential to create an international environment that is less peaceful and to overextend America s limited military resources, thus inducing insecurity in otherwise stable regions of the world . Therefore , the United States should consider a more standardized approach for vetting potential military partnerships based on two criteria Stability and Sustainability. Due to current e conomic limitations and the consequent reduction of U. S . Armed Forces, Geographic Combatant Commanders may be operating under the assumption or direction that more military partnerships with other countries will supplement a smaller U. S. military and increase America s national security. This paper will explore potential faults in that logic and will provide a clear and concise roadmap for how Geographic Combatant Commanders can create more effective partnerships that meet outlined in higher-level strategic guidance .
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics