services for the last forty years have concentrated on deterring military conflict
and the `big' war on the plains of Europe. That focus has worked; we have avoided
both. But what we have failed to deter is low intensity conflict . . . And
the strategic thinkers tell us that this is the most likely form of conflict
for the rest of this century. Thus, we are well prepared for the least likely
conflicts and poorly prepared for the most likely." |
Overcoming this void in our doctrine and training will take a concerted effort on everyone's part. There are few absolute formulas or rules which will work under all circumstances. LIC requires analysis and thought rather than a checklist application of a school solution.
Additionally, LIC presents a bewildering array of unique and challenging training requirements. Many of these requirements will diametrically oppose training the unit for conventional operations.
- The tendency to take the expedient approach and focus on the far right of the LIC spectrum, Peacetime Contingency Operations and conduct training as usual, while briefing that the LIC block has been checked, will lead us to a possibly fatal false sense of security.
The probability of becoming involved in a LIC operation is high. The potential to attract international attention, even with limited forces, is also great. Units have demonstrated that with a balanced training focus and proper preparation, many pitfalls outlined above can be avoided.
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