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The American Army in the Balkans

The American Army in the Balkans

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THE AMERICAN ARMY IN THE BALKANS: STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES AND IMPLICATIONS
Steven Metz
January 2001
THE AMERICAN ARMY IN THE BALKANS: STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES AND IMPLICATIONS
Steven Metz
January 2001

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THE AMERICAN ARMY IN THE BALKANS:STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVESAND IMPLICATIONSSteven Metz January 2001
 
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 The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do notnecessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of theArmy, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This reportis cleared for public release; distribution is unlimited. The author wouldlike to thank Major General Robert Ivany, Dr. Thomas Young, Dr.William Johnsen, Dr. Stephen Blank, Dr. Craig Nation, ProfessorDouglas Lovelace, Alan von Egmond, Colonel Philip Coker, Colonel James Coyne, Colonel Jeffrey McCausland, Colonel Walter N.Anderson, Lieutenant Colonel William Delaney, Major Stewart Smith,Dr. Earl Tilford, and, particularly, Colonel John Martin for insightfulcomments on the briefing that preceded this study or on earlier drafts of the manuscript. While most of the good ideas found here were“liberated” from these experts, any errors or misinterpretations whichremain do so despite their best efforts.
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 The Strategic Studies Institute publishes a monthly e-mailnewsletter to update the national security community on the research oour analysts, recent and forthcoming publications, and upcomingconferences sponsored by the Institute. Each newsletter also provides astrategic commentary by one of our research analysts. If you areinterested in receiving this newsletter, please let us know by e-mail atoutreach@awc.carlisle.army.mil or by calling (717) 245-3133.
ISBN 1-58487-042-7ii
 
FOREWORD
Since 1995, peace operations in the Balkans have beenan important part of the Army’s contribution to U.S.national security. When these operations began, the Armyinstitutionally focused on conventional warfighting. Sincethen, it has made significant changes to become moreeffective at peace operations, but this evolution continues. The goals that led the United States into the Balkans havenot yet been fully realized. To meet them requires bothsustained involvement in the region and continued refine-ment of the Army’s peace operations capabilities.In this report, Dr. Steven Metz examines U.S. strategyin the Balkans and the Army’s role in it. He recommendscontinued U.S. involvement, consideration of a long-termAmerican military presence in the region, and somesignificant changes in the role of the Army. From a broaderperspective, Dr. Metz argues that, if U.S. political leadersdecide that involvement in protracted peace operations willbe an enduring part of American strategy, the Departmentof Defense should help form specialized joint and inter-agency peacekeeping organizations to augment the existingmilitary. The Army should clearly play a leading role inthat. The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to offer thisreport to help the nation continue to develop its ability toundertake peace operations to further its National SecurityStrategy.DOUGLAS C. LOVELACE, JR.DirectorStrategic Studies Instituteiii

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