Four times in the last century, the United States has come to the end of a major war, but instead of developing a war termination or exit strategy or a postwar reconstruction strategy, we went on to the next conflict, ignoring the results of the previous foray. Is there a better methodology—a way to successfully "win the peace?"
This work is a doctrinal examination of war termination strategy and conflict resolution as a dependent pair, requiring a plan to achieve both in unison in advance of a fight.
The necessity of a plan for conflict resolution should be intuitively obvious for policymakers, yet a survey of recent conflicts, including Afghanistan and Iraq, shows that not to be the case. Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy provides a practical approach to establishing a plan for war termination and conflict resolution before the bullets fly.
In explaining the difference between strategy and policy, Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo clarifies the most important, and often the most constraining, element of a nation's power—its resources. He posits that termination strategy and conflict resolution are interdependent and need to be included in conflict plans from the outset. Caraccilo's book fills a void in current strategy for the development of long-term plans that bring conflicts to timely and acceptable conclusions, providing a methodology that allows interagency requirements and resources for war termination to be defined, allocated, and employed effectively.
• Examples taken from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with models of war termination successes and failures to enhance the understanding of scenarios for possible resolution
• A full array of definitions offering clarity for the reader seeking to grasp the book's methodology for war termination
• Primary source documentation related to the author's seven combat deployments to the Middle East and over five years of personal involvement in combat and its aftermath.
• Vignettes from history dating from the Revolutionary War to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
• Sidebars offering relevant charts, graphs, and newspaper articles
• Examples of conflict resolution to enhance an understanding of war termination outcomes
• Firsthand accounts from various military officers in the form of Staff College manuscripts
• A robust listing of books, interviews, documents, and articles on war termination and conflict resolution theories
• Explores hundreds of years of conflict to help the reader understand the genesis of war and how it concludes, as well as its aftermath
• Develops an algorithm that draws on why a war started so that the precise war termination and conflict resolution activity can be defined in order to reach the desired end state
• Demonstrates that war termination strategies must work at the interface between grand strategy and military strategy, where military art meets political reality
• Offers strategists a path to succeed in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM