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Sets of decisions reflected in these policies originate in what citizens, political leaders, and military officers think about such things as national interests, national security, wars, allies, armed forces and society, 26 The Politics of Civil–Military Cooperation and civil–military relations. 40 I contend that this paragraph accurately and concisely explains how defence policy and military practice come to pass. Bland and Maloney further point out that, contrary to the notion that a single ‘rational actor’ makes policies, that, Policy is found more often that it is made … defence policy reflects a consensus arrived at through some process of informal bargaining around ideas among prominent authorities inside and outside the defence establishment.

They combine robust military forces capable of limited peace enforcement tasks should a ceasefire break down, with a strong civilian component that includes civil administration, humanitarian elements and civilian policing. 16 The new interventions—into situations of complex, multidimensional problems—would require complex, multifaceted solutions. Indeed, it can be said that PSOs are meant as a corrective to the uni-dimensional approach of traditional peacekeeping. 17 Civil–military cooperation, according to this line of thinking, is a key element that is designed to move away from a pure ‘interpositional force’ approach.

Furthermore, the document stressed that these kinds of operations “are essential for the ultimate achievement of strategic aims. 30 The US Army lagged behind the Joint Staff in their move to distance itself from the idea of ‘stability’. S. ”34 This has been formally enshrined in the latest American Army and Marine Corps doctrine. Written largely by thenLieutenant General David Petreas, Counterinsurgency states that A counterinsurgency campaign is … a mix of offensive, defensive and stability operations … It requires soldiers and marines to employ a mix of familiar combat tasks and skills more associated with 42 The Politics of Civil–Military Cooperation non-military agencies.

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