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I. Introduction Topic: Assess post-Desert Storm changes in US National-Security Policy Agenda: Military Thought During the 1990s Compare US Military - 1980s vs 1990s II. Military Thought During the 1990s A. Revolution in Military Affairs(RMA) B. Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) To emphasize the importance of MOOTW, I will leave you with a quote from General Fred F. Woerner, Jr. (US Army, Retired): “Consolidating (the Cold War) victory requires a continuing US role and new strategies to strengthen democratic institutions. Military civic action can, in concert with other elements of US strategy, be an effective means of achieving US objectives around the globe.” MOOTW contribute to attainment of national security objectives by supporting deterrence, forward presence, and crisis response options. In peacetime, the Armed Forces of the United States help to deter potential aggressors from using violence to achieve their aims. Detterence - stems from the belief of a potential aggressor that a credible threat of retaliation exists, the contemplated action cannot succeed, or the costs outweigh any possible gains. Thus, a potential aggressor is reluctant to act for fear of failure, cost, or consequences. Threats directed against the United States, allies, or other friendly nations — ranging from terrorism to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) — require the maintenance of a full array of response capabilities. Peace enforcement, strikes and raids are all examples of MOOTW combat options that support deterrence by demonstrating national resolve to use force when necessary. HA and peacekeeping support deterrence by enhancing a climate of peaceful cooperation, thus promoting stability. Forward presence activities demonstrate our commitment, lend credibility to our alliances, enhance regional stability, and provide a crisis response capability while promoting US influence and access. Forward presence activities include forces stationed overseas and afloat, periodic and rotational deployments, access and storage agreements, port visits, and foreign community support, to name a few. Given their locations and knowledge of the region, these forces could be the first committed to MOOTW. Crisis response is when US forces are able to respond rapidly either unilaterally or as a part of a multinational effort. This response may include, for example, employment of overwhelming force in peace enforcement, a single precision strike, or emergency
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support to civil authorities. The ability of the United States to respond rapidly with appropriate MOOTW options to potential or actual crises contributes to regional stability. 6 objectives- 1. Objective: The aim of MOOTW is to direct every military operation toward a clearly defined, decisive, and attainable objective. Inherent in the principle of objective is the need to understand what constitutes mission success, and what might cause the operation to be terminated before success is achieved. 2.
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