Facing the Unpalatable
The US Military and Law Enforcement in Operations Other Than War
Published in: Low-Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, v. 4, no. 2, Autumn 1995, p. 187-202
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1994
The distinction or Chinese wall that existed between civilian and military functions during the Cold War has eroded significantly. Modern trends point to a new model of civil-military relations where the military will be called upon to perform many non-military functions while it retains a special responsibility for national defense. This article provides some background and then explores a number of options for improving the ability of civilian and military organizations to conduct law enforcement and related activities in operations other than war (OOTW).