Finding the right balance : Department of Defense roles in stabilization / by Linda Robinson, Sean Mann, Jeffrey Martini, Stephanie Pezard.

Robinson, Linda, 1962- author.
Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation, [2018]
xvii, 127 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-2441-OSD.
Research report ; RR-2441-OSD

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Department of Defense roles in stabilization
United States -- Armed Forces -- Stability operations -- Evaluation.
Peacekeeping forces, American -- Evaluation.
Peace-building, American -- Evaluation.
United States. Department of Defense -- Planning.
Civil-military relations.
"The pendulum regarding the level of U.S. military participation in stabilization efforts has swung dramatically since 2001, from a low level of preparation and participation in the early days of the Afghanistan and Iraq operations in 2003, to widespread stabilization activities costing billions of dollars in the ensuing years, to significantly scaled-back forces and resources devoted to stabilization in recent years. To remedy the initial lack of preparation, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a directive with guidance on stabilization requirements in 2005 and then updated it with more expansive requirements in 2009. This report supports DoD efforts to update this guidance by assessing the accumulated experience of the past 17 years and evaluating the appropriate roles for the U.S. military and its ability to execute them in conjunction with interagency and other key partners. Without stabilization, successful warfighting often does not produce desired political outcomes. Yet warfighters are not the most capable actors for many stabilization tasks. Therefore, the authors recommend shifting DoD guidance on stabilization away from requiring high levels of proficiency in a large number of tasks to emphasizing three key roles for DoD: prioritizing security tasks; providing support to other actors performing stability functions; and performing crosscutting informational, planning, coordination, and physical support roles."--Publisher's description.
Understanding Stabilization
Stabilization Lessons from Recent Experience
Current DoD Capacity and Capability for Stabilization
Rescoping DoD Roles in Stabilization
Gaps in DoD Capacity and Capability
Conclusion: Risks, Mitigations, and Recommendations
"Prepared for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict"--Title page.
Includes bibliographical references (page 110-127).
Mann, Sean, author.
Martini, Jeffrey, author.
Pézard, Stéphanie, author.
United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense, sponsor.
Rand Corporation. National Security Research Division, researcher.
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), issuing body.
International Security and Defense Policy Center, issuing body.
Rand Corporation, publisher.