By Robert E. Hunter, Khalid Nadiri
The RAND company, in cooperation with the yank Academy of international relations, is carrying out a 15-month undertaking on Integrating tools of energy and impact in nationwide defense. This file summarizes the most result of a convention held as a part of that venture at which panels of senior army officers and diplomats provided their specified views.
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To come to grips with a programme of reconstitution of the armed forces we need, in principle, to define clearly whether we desire to have them. This implies engaging all of society and the civilian elites. We believe the answer should be yes. After we accept this premise we need to define its purpose. This should be military rather than having a force with a military appearance performing non-military functions. Last, we need to discuss, what resources it should have and therefore how should it be organised, trained, and deployed.
Andean militaries and police are presently no match for narco-trafficking organisations operating transnationally and backed by private armies, advanced weaponry, and highly sophisticated intelligence systems. Andean security forces are further hamstrung by operational inefficiency and ineffectiveness. A November 1989 raid on the eastern Bolivian town of San Ramon, touted by the US Embassy as 'the largest counter-narcotics enforcement operation in recent times' is a case in point. The raid was compromised by a tip-off; the targeted Colombian and Bolivian traffickers fled the site over 12 hours before the operation.
Using the military to send electoral signals to the US public is not exactly the kind of national policy objective that Clausewitz and his current students have in mind. Decisive Means and Results: Can the US Military Secure National Objectives? The lack of clarity about objectives and mission makes it difficult to evaluate the drug war in terms of other principles - is this a kind of war in which the means and results can be decisive, and is military force the best way to secure these objectiyes?