Future of the Army in Domestic Operations: A Strategy for the 21st Century   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The issue of whether or not the Army should be involved in support of domestic operations continues to be a controversial one. As this debate continues, there is ample evidence to demonstrate that the Army has a long standing history of providing support to the nation. It is within reason to expect that the Army will continue to do so in the future if the nation's leadership continues to focus on the domestic agenda. Despite the fact that the military has played a significant role in the development of the nation, there has never been a stated strategy or policy for the employment of military forces in the domestic arena. With a smaller force and a reduced budget in the future, we can ill afford to continue without such a strategy. This paper outlines some components of a domestic strategy for the employment of military forces. In doing so, the author examines the historical roles and limitations of the military in the domestic arena. In addition, he identifies the domestic challenges and threats that the nation currently faces, as well as some military assets that may be used to address those threats. A key issue is that, unlike any other time in recent history, the country has the opportunity to utilize wisely some of the Army's resources to promote domestic prosperity."

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