A Peacekeeping Force for Future Operations: Another Reassessment of the Constabulary Force Concept
Author(s)Lovejoy, Keith R.
Contributor(s)ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
KeywordsMilitary Operations, Strategy and Tactics
MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)
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AbstractThe United States continues to be heavily engaged in Peacekeeping Operations around the world. These missions will most likely increase dramatically over the next fifteen years given the current state of world affairs. A predicted global increase in the number of failing nation states and the constant pressures being placed upon our military forces dictates another look at the concept of a constabulary type force to fill the peacekeeping mission. My intent is to take a brief look at the history of the constabulary forces used in post WWII, examine various options for the construction and deployability of a separate force to handle peacekeeping missions and finally formulate a conclusion of feasibility to either stay with current operational doctrine of using conventional armed forces or create a new force designed specifically to handle the peacekeeping function. The palatability of United States citizens and soldiers falling under the jurisdiction of the newly formed International Criminal Court will be addressed briefly to discuss possible future impacts on peacekeeping forces. My conclusions will ultimately make recommendations to change or modify the current United States policy of using active duty combat forces for peacekeeping missions in the future.