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Operation Allied Force

Lessons for Future Coalition Operations

by John E. Peters, Stuart E. Johnson, Nora Bensahel, Timothy Liston, Traci Williams

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Abstract

This research brief describes work documented in European Contributions to Operation Allied Force: Implications for Transatlantic Cooperation (MR-1391-AF).

Excerpt: But what lessons can Operation Allied Force offer to the United States and Europe in preparing for future coalition operations? This question is the focus of a new RAND study, European Contributions to Operation Allied Force: Implications for Transatlantic Cooperation. The research team, led by John E. Peters, found that, despite the success of the campaign, the experience of Operation Allied Force reemphasized the growing gap in military capabilities between the United States and Europe. The campaign displayed the difficulty of establishing and maintaining consensus in coalition warfare in which intra-Alliance political consultations are essential to produce any military action. It also highlighted differences in the perspectives of the United States and the European countries regarding such issues as the appropriate use of force and the legal basis for coalition operations.

This research brief describes work done for RAND's Project AIR FORCE.

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