This newsletter addresses two peace operations (peacekeeping and peace enforcement) in the military operations other than war environment. It describes these operations and provides a discussion on tactics, techniques, and procedures used by the U.S. military in previous peace operations.
The United Nations humanitarian assistance operations, supported by military forces in Somalia and in the former Yugoslavia, are evidence that the United Nation's role is expanding beyond traditional peacekeeping.
Training for peace operations should have minimal impact on a units primary mission of fighting and winning in combat; in fact, peace enforcement employs most combat skills. An important requirement for success in military operations other than war is the successful application of our warfighting skills. In some operations these skills may be constrained by restrictive rules of engagement and be in support of very visible political goals requiring all soldiers to understand the potential impact of their individual actions. Peace operations are not new missions and do not require major changes to the mission-essential task list (METL); rather, they require a better understanding of the environment in which they are conducted.
The key to sustaining a units warfighting ability and becoming proficient in expanding peace operations is TOUGH, REALISTIC TRAINING!
N. FRAZAR, III
Brigadier General, USA
Deputy Commanding General for Training
Introduction and References
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