The Resource The uses and limits of small-scale military interventions, prepared for the United States Army ; Stephen Watts ... [et al.]

The uses and limits of small-scale military interventions, prepared for the United States Army ; Stephen Watts ... [et al.]

Label
The uses and limits of small-scale military interventions
Title
The uses and limits of small-scale military interventions
Statement of responsibility
prepared for the United States Army ; Stephen Watts ... [et al.]
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The authors assess the utility and limitations of "minimalist stabilization" -- small-scale interventions designed to stabilize a partner government engaged in violent conflict. They propose policy recommendations concerning when minimalist stabilization missions may be appropriate and the strategies most likely to make such interventions successful, as well as the implications for U.S. Army force structure debates and partnership strategies. Minimalist stabilization missions do not significantly increase a partner government's odds of victory in a counterinsurgency campaign, but they do dramatically reduce the probability of defeat. Minimalist stabilization typically yields operational successes that degrade rebel capabilities and make it unlikely that the insurgents can topple the government. Such missions typically do not, however, alter the underlying structure of the conflict. They usually do not help foster significant political reforms in the partner government. Nor are they typically able to cut insurgents off from their resource bases. These dynamics suggest that the operational gains attributable to minimalist stabilization can usually be converted into strategic success only if the underlying political or international structure of the conflict can be altered. Military power plays a role, but the infrequency of victory suggests that the role of force is more about creating the framework within which a political process can operate successfully rather than winning per se. These findings do not yield simple policy prescriptions. These findings do, however, caution against viewing minimalist stabilization as a panacea. Modest resource commitments generally yield modest results. In some circumstances, such modest results will be adequate to secure important U.S. interests. In other cases they will not, and in some cases the under-resourcing of interventions may have catastrophic results."--P. [4] of cover
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
355.02/15
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
UA11.5
LC item number
.U73 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
RAND Corporation monograph series
Label
The uses and limits of small-scale military interventions, prepared for the United States Army ; Stephen Watts ... [et al.]
Publication
Note
  • "MG-1226-RC"--P. [4] of cover
  • "Arroyo Center"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-129)
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  • glg
Contents
Introduction -- Arguments for and against minimalist stabilization -- Overview of the results of minimalist stabilization -- Case studies -- Conclusion -- Cases and coding notes
Control code
ocn811137286
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxviii, 129 p.
Isbn
9780833076533
Lccn
2012036806
Other physical details
ill. (chiefly col.)
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.b2716634x
System control number
  • (OCoLC)811137286
  • md2716634x

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