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

by William Rosenau

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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).

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