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Joint Staff Views Peace Operations

A new publication (pdf) from the Joint Chiefs of Staff defines military doctrine regarding “peace operations.”

Peace operations utilize “all instruments of national power with military missions to contain conflict, redress the peace, and shape the environment to support reconciliation and rebuilding and facilitate the transition to legitimate governance. Peace operations include peacekeeping, peace enforcement, peacemaking, peace building, and conflict prevention efforts.”

There are 15 fundamental elements of peace operations, according to the new doctrine, including: transparency, impartiality, credibility, freedom of movement, restraint and minimum force, and so on.

See “Peace Operations,” Joint Publication JP 3-07.3, October 17, 2007.

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  1. “As they begin to contemplate the use of American military power after Iraq, policymakers should consider the following points:

    First, interventions to remove genuine threats to U.S. and allied security interests should not involve U.S. military occupations that have no chance of altering cultures, societies or peoples fundamentally different from us. America cannot financially sustain open-ended military interventions in failing or failed societies with the object of imposing cultural change through military occupation to convert developing societies’ social, political and economic structures into modern Western institutions. Not only do these operations involve expensive, long-term military garrisons on foreign territory, but the probability of success for these interventions, as seen throughout most of the 20th century, is very, very low.”

    [Source: “Circling the Wagons – Washington’s War; Col Douglas McGregor (Ret)]

  2. Joint Peace Operations Plans? How does that square with the Neocon’s current ten year strategy?

    In General Wesley Clark’s “A Time To Lead”, General Clark [retired] reveals in an interview on his book— the neocon strategy and plan to take down seven Middle Eastern countries in five years.
    [Listen to interview at source: Ian]

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