Doctrinal Insights Command Economies - Understanding Sustainable Economic Incentives at the Tactical Level
Anderson, David A.
Shaffner, Jonathan K.
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"US military doctrine, while recognizing the importance of promoting economic activity, does not provide tactical commanders with a method to build understanding beyond that of broad considerations. A recent publication contracted through the RAND Corporation to fill identified gaps in these publications provides more substance to a commander's concerns of the economy and an initial understanding of how his influence can disrupt local economic activities. However, this document fails to provide tactical level commanders the necessary insight to properly assess, in order to positively influence, the economy in their operational environment. In other words, these publications principally cover the 'what' of a local economy not the 'how' or 'why.' Therefore, leaving it largely to the commander's intuition or influence of other governmental or non-governmental agencies whose presence at the tactical level is often non-existent, or very limited. The purpose of this paper is to present an approach to help fill this gap. By applying a synthesized iterative systems model approach and the principles of a socio-cultural system developed by Jamshid Gharajedaghi, a commander's effort to build an understanding of the economic environment he is operating within will be greatly improved. This enhanced understanding will empower commanders to better perform their stability and reconstruction task to 'Provide Support to Economic and Infrastructure Development'. This paper offers several case studies to illustrate their potential application."
This article was published in Culture and Conflict Review (Fall 2011), v.5 no.3
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