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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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"A roadmap from conflict to peace, a practical guidebook for adaptive, creative leadership." - Lt. General William B. Caldwell, IV"

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Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV is Commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, which oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States. Michele Flournoy is Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for the Obama administration. Shawn Brimley is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Janine Davidson is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans.

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  • Series: U.S. Army Field Manual
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; The University of Michigan Press Edition edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472033905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472033904
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By E. M. Van Court VINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Mission Accomplished!" A phrase that shall not be uttered without irony for decades. The war is over, but now what? In a power vacuum after a war, 'civil disturbance', insurgency, or any other event that removes a political structure without replacing, the government is faced with "Now what?" At least for the Army, "what" in these circumstances means 'stability operations'.

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.

The chapters:
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.
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Are Army Field Manuals literature? Usually, the answer is no. In most cases, Army manuals are to soldiers what cook books are to cooks. Army manuals tell soldiers the recipe for conducting military operations or operating equipment painted OD green or shades of gray. Many, by design, are didactic and simple, even at times simplistic.

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.
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