The U.S. Army's Doctrinal Renaissance
This month's release of Field Manual 3-07, "Stability Operations," marks a milestone for the United States Army. With it, the Army acknowledges and codifies a dramatic change in thinking: No longer does the mission of the military stop at winning wars; now it must also help "win the peace."
As Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, states in the foreword to the new manual:
The "Stability Operations" manual codifies guidance from several national and defense policies that preceded it , to make long term stability in the aftermath of warfighting an operational priority for the American military. According to one of them, Department of Defense Directive 300.05, stability operations are:
. . . a core U.S. military mission that the Department of Defense shall be prepared to conduct and support. They shall be given priority comparable to combat operations and be explicitly addressed and integrated across all DOD activities including doctrine, organizations, training, education, exercises, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities, and planning. ...
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