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Centers of Gravity of United Nations Operation, Somalia II (UNOSOM II)   [open pdf - 7MB]

"This thesis identifies the operational and strategic centers of gravity of United Nation Operations, Somalia II (UNOSOM II). The research demonstrates that UNOCOM II failed to correctly identify its own strategic center of gravity. This failure left both its strategic and operational centers of gravity vulnerable to attack and exploitation by hostile militia forces. Center of gravity analysis must be completed by the military planner prior to participation in peace enforcement operations or in traditional peacekeeping operations where hostilities are possible. Centers of gravity of the main belligerents must be identified should neutralization of their combat capability be required. At the same time the strategic and operational centers of gravity of the peacekeeping force must be identified and appropriate security measures implemented to protect these from attack. Failure to do so cannot only endanger the force but threaten the success of the peace operation."

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1995-06-02
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