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Landpower: America’s Capabilities in Conflicts

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 7:48pm

Landpower: America’s Capabilities in Conflicts

Is America Losing its Capability to Fight a Major War? While war games vary, almost all share one characteristic: They are based on a relatively short war or operation, sometimes followed by a lengthy period of stabilization. Few strategic war games think through American involvement in a long major war. The United States may someday have to fight another third-rate military or transnational terrorist movement; if so America will probably succeed. But it is not clear that America would or could undertake a lengthy major war to reverse aggression by another great power, perhaps one using a strategy like Japan’s in 1941.

Arsenal of Sovereignty The purpose of this paper is to synthesize disparate aspects of defense sales which serve to posture the United States as the primary provider of military materials worldwide. It will also analyze the key factors which have placed the United States into a position of relative advantage interms of providing security to the free world. Finally, the paper will also extrapolate what this means for the future, as the free world becomes more dependent on the US to provide security and ultimately, sovereignty.

Preventing and Managing Conflict in an Unstable World The purpose of the The Peace, Stability, Irregular Warfare Research Proj­ect is to provide educa­tors, students and those in leadership positions with a bibliography of the major works outlining events, thoughts, and doctrine in stability operations, coun­terinsurgency, and peace operations. Of particular interest are works that caused a substantive change in the overview of key issues.

End of ISAF, End of NATO It is no accident that forces from NATO member states can actually operate alongside or embedded with one another. Interoperability is, in large part, the product of a war, one that is soon ending: the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)’s campaign in Afghanistan. Just as ISAF is coming to an end, one of the most important tools for maintaining interoperability among allied militaries during peacetime – the forward-based presence of U.S. troops in Europe – has shrunk significantly, perhaps even to dangerous levels when considering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Islamism and Security in Bosnia-Herzegovina U.S. experts fear violence could once again break out in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and some even want the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to mount another military mission there. Yet few of these experts focus on the danger of gradually expanding Islamism. In Bosnia, it appears to have made slow but steady progress, despite resistance from Bosnia’s moderate Muslims. Senior Bosniak (Muslim) leaders retain their long-standing Islamist ties, and their calls to impose traditional Islamic law, or sharia, and develop closer ties with the Islamic world only aggravate Bosnian Croat and Serb separatism.

We hope you will enjoy these insightful and thoughtful works and we always look forward to your feedback through comments to this blog, Landpower, or to me.