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The U.S. Army Stability Operations Field Manual: U.S. Army Field Manual No. 3-07 Paperback – February 24, 2009
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Today, however, life and warfare are more complex. Military operations require a whole range of activities where military personnel, other government departments, international organizations, and civilian non-governmental organizations inhabit the same work space. The military not only conducts offensive and defensive operations, but also stability operations, where soldiers and civilians are engaged in providing security, improving governance, conducting humanitarian assistance, and supporting reconstruction and development. Accordingly, with such a wide audience, the doctrine for such complex undertakings has become literature and achieved a life outside the Army. The manual for stability operations joins the highly regarded counterinsurgency manual (FM 3-24) in being augmented and then re-published by a reputable publisher.
The new Army manual, prepared by military and civilian experts and published with excellent additional material by the University of Michigan Press, again marks the salience of stability operations and enshrines it as important priority. Indeed, one of the new introductions was penned by Shawn Brimley and Michele Flournoy, who is now the new Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Lt. Gen. Bill Caldwell and Dr. Janine Davidson also add thoughtful introductions to the the new manual.
The manual itself, while not exciting, is clearly written and comprehensive.Read more ›
From the first chapter, an unpleasant secret of U.S. military history is held up to the light; like counter-insurgency, stability operations are normal, big wars are the exception. But big wars are relatively straight forward compared to the complex, fluid, and entangled situations faced in stability operations.
Chapter 1 THE STRATEGIC CONTEXT
Chapter 2 STABILITY IN FULL SPECTRUM OPERATIONS
Chapter 3 ESSENTIAL STABILITY TASKS
Chapter 4 PLANNING FOR STABILITY OPERATIONSIONS
Chapter 5 TRANSITIONAL MILITARY AUTHORITYNSIONS
Chapter 6 SECURITY SECTOR REFORM
And the annexes focus on interaction with civilian government agencies and non-government agencies.
The single dominant theme throughout this manual is imperative for collaboration with civilians, both US and host nation. State department, International Red Cross, emerging civil leaders, former host nation military (rejoining the civil population), and other groups are constantly refered to and their roles in reconstruction and re-establishment of government are stressed and identified as essential.
Although the need for basic functions like sewage disposal, water, and electricity are addressed, this manual focuses on security and the need to provide security in order to provide infrastructure services.Read more ›