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SPRING 2014

Military Police contains information about military police functions in maneuver and mobility support, area security, law and order, internment/resettlement, and police intelligence operations.

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MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 7 But there is a caveat. What may be the standard for us is not necessarily useful or welcome with our host nation partners. So, shaping also entails tailoring our delivery of security assistance to our counterparts in ways appropriate for their culture and military capabilities. Company commanders can gain great success here by applying key interpersonal skills to know and understand offcers, NCOs, and Soldiers from other armies and to be humble when dealing with them. Win the Nation's Wars Despite our best efforts to shape a stable global environment and prevent confict, violence is likely to remain endemic to the human condition. It has been said that "Only the dead have seen the end of war." 2 While we do everything possible to prevent the outbreak of war, we must ensure that there never will be a day when the U.S. Army is not ready to fght and win wars in defense of our Nation. What is a war? Historically, war has been defned as a confict carried out by a force of arms, either between nations or between parties within a nation. However, as we consider hostile acts in cyberspace, the defnitions of war and acts of war will continue to evolve. For example, large-scale cyberattacks against government operations or critical infrastructure—such as those in the 2008 Russian-Georgian confict—can reasonably be considered acts of war. Leveraging the technological savvy of today's Soldiers requires that leaders have an engaged interest in Soldier development. This will require junior leaders from the same generation who are as adept at leader development as they are technologically competent. To defend our Nation, the Army must maintain the capacity to conduct strategically decisive land operations anywhere in the world. Though we will always conduct such operations as part of a joint force, we also acknowledge that war is a clash of wills that requires the ethical application of violence to compel change in human behavior. Here, company commanders make a dramatic contribution to the application of strategic landpower by being tactically and technically profcient in the execution of combined arms maneuver and wide area security. Without successful tactical execution, the best strategic concepts are doomed to failure. The U.S. Army capstone concept lays out the details of what capabilities the Army must sustain and provides some guidance on how the force may be employed in the future. But it all boils down to one crucial point: An Army that cannot win on the battlefeld is of little worth to the security of the Nation. As everyone is aware, we are facing austere times ahead. This fscal reality cannot be an excuse for not doing our duty or losing sight of our purpose. In the fnal analysis, this country will one day—maybe soon—ask us to deploy to some distant land, close with and destroy an enemy, and then build a secure and lasting peace. Our Army is uniquely qualifed to ensure the training necessary to make those things happen, thanks to the strength of our NCO Corps. Commanders must leverage the experience of their senior NCOs and fnd creative ways to properly train the fundamentals despite resource constraints. We've successfully done it before in our Army, and we are counting on our young leaders to do it again. Conclusion It was often platoon and company leaders who took the lead in solving strategic issues in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will continue to be platoon and company leaders who keep the Army the well-trained and globally responsive force that our Nation needs to deter our adversaries, protect our friends, and defeat our enemies in the 21st century. The U.S. Army must have company commanders who understand strategic landpower and their role in it. Seek out opportunities to ingrain your training events within the framework of strategic landpower. Write articles for your branch professional bulletins, discussing the impacts of strategic landpower for your specialty. You can fnd the strategic landpower white paper on the TRADOC Web site at 3 and on company commander discussion forums. This white paper is the primary reference for strategic landpower concepts and the one jointly approved by the Army Chief of Staff, the Marine Corps Commandant, and the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. It is the responsibility of senior Army leaders to set the conditions to make you and our Army successful. Your senior leaders appreciate what you do every day. These will be challenging, but exciting times; and I thank you for your service and sacrifce as we move toward making the Army of 2020 and beyond the best in the world. Acknowledgement: Captain Jon D. Mohundro, Commander's Planning Group, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, contributed to the development of this article. Endnotes: 1 TRADOC Pam 525-3-0, The U.S. Army Capstone Concept, 19 December 2012, , accessed on 7 November 2013. 2 Although this quote is widely attributed to the Greek philosopher Plato, the source has never been defnitively confrmed. 3 "Strategic Landpower: Winning the Clash of Wills," Strategic Landpower Task Force, , accessed on 7 November 2013. "An Army that cannot win on the battle- feld is of little worth to the security of the Nation." Cone.1.indd 9 3/31/2014 8:47:14 AM

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