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Today, the U.S. Army is performing a variety of missions that fall under the category of "Operations Other Than War." Two of these missions are peacekeeping and peace enforcement. To understand these operations other than war missions, you must first understand the terms Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and Peace Enforcement.

PEACEMAKING - Efforts to settle a conflict through mediation, negotiation or other forms of peaceful settlement.

PEACEKEEPING - The prevention, containment, moderation and termination of hostilities between or within states, through peaceful third-party intervention organized and directed internationally, using multinational forces of soldiers, police and civilians to maintain peace.

PEACE ENFORCEMENT - Military operations by sea, air or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security, whether or not the belligerents are consenting to the intervention.


FM 7-98, Operations in Low Intensity Conflict
FM 100-5, Operations
FM 100-20, Military Operations in Low Intensity Conflict
FM 100-23, Peace Operations (contains a detailed list of references)
TRADOC Pamphlet 525-56, Planner's Guide for Military Operations Other Than War

Chapter I: Peacemaking

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