Picking up the Pieces: Are United States Officers Ready for Nation Building?
Franke, Volker C.
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Military forces that prevail in war are often also expected to pick up the pieces later. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense directed that stability operations have "priority comparable to combat operations, " reflecting new widespread understanding of the importance of peacebuilding for the U.S. military. This research examines U.S. officers' value orientations and attitudes toward stability operations and the operational demands of peacebuilding. Our survey found overwhelming support for increased civil-military cooperation in combat and non-combat operational settings, clear recognition that the current purpose of the military must include stabilization and peace operations, and an endorsement for coordination with allies, international, non-governmental and other civilian actors in contemporary stability operations. Many respondents also reported, however, that military service did not prepare them well for managing civil affairs.
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