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Military Forces in 21st Century Peace Operations : No Job for a Soldier? - James V. Arbuckle

Military Forces in 21st Century Peace Operations

No Job for a Soldier?

Hardcover Published: 3rd August 2006
ISBN: 9780415393706
Number Of Pages: 194

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A major new study of the realities of contemporary warfare, which presents a range of fresh insights and is essential reading for all students and professionals engaged in the field.

This book clearly shows us that:

  • neither military nor civilian agencies can act effectively alone in resolving modern conflicts

  • joint civil-military efforts are needed, and those efforts must be deliberately planned from the outset of an operation; they cannot be added on as afterthoughts when all else has failed

  • the record of our efforts over nearly a decade and a half since the end of the Cold War demonstrates that we are doing badly at creating civil-military partnerships, and that we are not getting better.

James V. Arbuckle shows how these issues are neither structural nor organizational - they are cultural. They involve attitudes, beliefs, perceptions - positive and negative, true and false. The solutions will involve changing attitudes, moving beyond prejudices, replacing competition with cooperation. The principal mechanisms for this will be common civil-military training and education.

Peace in the modern worldp. 1
Prefacep. 3
Introductionp. 5
Towards a conceptual framework for peace operationsp. 15
Pride and prejudice: military culture and popular perceptionsp. 29
Introductionp. 31
The role and influence of culturesp. 35
Cohesion and continuity: 'the clangour of their shields'p. 38
A closer look at military organizational culturep. 43
Culture and change: a barrier or a window?p. 49
Civil-military cultures in collision: Festina Lentep. 54
Unit rotations: Les Absents se Trompentp. 59
The US forces: the military antipodeansp. 63
Pride and prejudice: you never get a second chance to make a first impressionp. 74
Sense and sensibility: the military as a partner agencyp. 83
Introductionp. 85
War and peace: matters of principlep. 86
The military roles in support of humanitarian operationsp. 98
First-generation peacekeeping: the Age of Consentp. 102
Second-generation peacekeeping: crossing the Mogadishup. 109
Rules of engagementp. 114
Force structures: always use a sledgehammer to crack a walnutp. 118
The command and control of joint and combined military operationsp. 120
The Military Staff Committee: reveille, or last post?p. 124
Reaction forces: 'compulsory and irreproachable idleness'p. 127
Training and education: a part of the mainp. 137
Generalp. 139
Training vs. educationp. 140
Training establishments: where and by who?p. 142
Training for whom?p. 149
So what?p. 152
Conclusionp. 155
To save succeeding generations...p. 157
Notesp. 162
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780415393706
ISBN-10: 0415393701
Series: Contemporary Security Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 3rd August 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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