Military Legitimacy : Might and Right in the New Millennium
Focusing on the challenges faced by the US military in responding to "operations other than war" in the post-Cold War era, Rudolph Barnes makes a plea for the US government to address the "organizational bias for combat" and "narrow traditionalist view of military professionalism" within the Pentagon, which, he argues, are serious obstacles to developing an effective capabiilty for operations other than war. He draws on examples from Vietnam to the mismanagement of US military involvement in Somalia.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 156 x 234mm | 381g
- 26 Aug 2016
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Military legitimacy concerns the delicate balance between might and right. It begins with the law - operational law (OPLAW) and the law of war (LAW) - but it goes beyond the law to its moral underpinnings. Moral and cultural standards in the area of operations must be respected to ensure legitimacy. Personal and national values provide the framework for military decision making. The potential conflict between civilian and military perceptions of these values represents a continuing threat to military legitimacy because, in a democracy, public support is both a requirement and a measure of such legitimacy. This book provides an overview of the concept of legitimacy as it applies to military operations, especially in peacetime. It is argued that legitimacy was hardly an issue during the Cold War as it was defined in terms of combatting the Soviet threat. With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and diminishing defence resources, there must be a new under-standing of military legitimacy and its relationship to new strategies. The diplomat-warrior personifies legitimacy in peacetime and is an effective means of filling the gap between the limits of diplomacy and conventional military operations.
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Contemporary Security Policy, Chris Madsen, University of Calgary- " The book reduces a complex and highly legalistic subject in a concise and simple manner." Special Warfare- "...a definitive statement about the military"s role in the growing field of operations other than war and about the military"s relation to the accomplishment of U.S. foreign-policy objectives. For those who have served in Haiti, in Bosnia, or in any other of CA"s worldwide missions, Barnes" arguments will ring true. Barnes give readers solid reasoning and a good understanding of the facts." International Affairs- "This book focuses on the challenges faced by the US military in responding to "operations other than war" in the post-Cold War era. With his considerable past experience in civil affairs work in Asia, Grenada, Honduras and Moldova, it is not surprising that Barnes makes a strong plea for the US Government to address the "organisational bias for combat" and "narrow traditionalist view of military professionalism" within the Pentagon which, he argues, are serious obstacles to developing an effective capability for operations other than war. His argument is reinforced by examples from the Vietnam war through to the recent disastrous mismanagement of US military involvement in Somalia...it is a valuable contribution to the debate within the United States on future peace time roles for the armed forces." Small Wars and Insurgencies - " The book...comes to grips with a number of important issues in defining strategy, the use of military force, and in rules of engagement in operations other than war. It is recommended for military professionals and civilian decision makers" Low Intensity Conflict- " an excellent leg up to readers who wish to gain general familiarity with military legitimacy from historical and up-to-date persepectives