Title

Picking up the Pieces: Are United States Officers Ready for Nation Building?

Department

Political Science & International Affairs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2009

Abstract

Military forces that prevail in war are often also expected to pick up the pieces later. In 2005, the US. Department of Defense directed that stability operations have "priority comparable to combat operations," reflecting new widespread understanding of the importance of peacebuilding for the U.S. military. This research examines US. officers' value orientations and attitudes toward stability operations and the operational demands of peacebuilding. Our survey found overwhelming support for increased civil—military cooperation in combat and non-combat operational settings, clear recognition that the current purpose of the military must include stabilization and peace operations, and an endorsement for coordination with allies, international, non-governmental and other civilian actors in contemporary stability operations. Many respondents also reported, however, that military service did not prepare them well for managing civil affairs.

Journal

Journal of Political & Military Sociology

Journal ISSN

Journal of Political & Military Sociology

Volume

37

Issue

1