Evolving Military Strategy and Developing Homeland Security: An Opportunity to Share Resources   [open pdf - 77KB]

"The end of the Cold War marked a shift in the evolution of U.S. military strategy. Thirteen years of military engagement with Iraq provide tangible evidence of how military strategy has changed. Threats to American interests have evolved from large scale conventional military forces overseas to non-state actors using asymmetric methods of attacking U.S. interests overseas or domestically. Current U.S. military strategy relies on technological advances that enhance the execution of military operations. Training in realistic simulated combat environments allows the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop refine and practice tactics that support military strategy. Training is a key element for integrating the human and technological elements into a force to conduct military operations. If viewed from the tactical level the implementing strategy for homeland security has many elements common to military strategy. The similarity of threats environments and techniques to defeat the threat provide opportunities for the DOD and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to efficiently develop and use training capabilities. The DHS should embrace elements of military strategy and technology to defeat asymmetric threats within the borders of the U.S. Cooperative efforts should foster better working relationships between DOD and DHS more efficiently use resources and promote commonality of technology between military and civil-military responders. Through these means the DOD and DHS can improve the inter-department integration for insuring security."

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