Non-traditional Missions and the Future of the U.S. Military

Published in: The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, v. 18, no. 1, Winter/Spring 1994, p. 31-48

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1994

by William Rosenau

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In this paper the author argues that much of the criticism of non-traditional missions reflects an ahistorical understanding of Americas armed forces and the part they play in the life of the nation. Aside from training to fight and win wars, in the past the military services had broader responsibilities in areas such as occupation duty, peace enforcement, and public works projects, missions that are labeled as non-traditional today.

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