Cultivating National Will: An Introduction to National Will - The Decisive Role of U.S. Military Power, Somalia, Mogadishu, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Media Coverage, Polling and Public Opinion Cultivating National Will: An Introduction to National Will - The Decisive Role of U.S. Military Power, Somalia, Mogadishu, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Media Coverage, Polling and Public Opinion

Cultivating National Will: An Introduction to National Will - The Decisive Role of U.S. Military Power, Somalia, Mogadishu, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Media Coverage, Polling and Public Opinion

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This compelling study by Lt Col Lawrence E. Key examines how national will plays a decisive role during any application of US military power and not just the employment of forces to fight America's wars. Because of the decisive role national will plays, leaders need to understand what it is and----beyond its definition----the ways in which they can articulate and cultivate it. To gain this understanding, leaders must look at various means by which the American public expresses its collective will; the most important means being public opinion. However, the author argues that only mature collective opinion can represent national will. This nation's leaders need to understand how this maturation process works; they also need to understand how the media report events because this reporting can have an impact on how opinion evolves. Finally, leaders need to understand how to cultivate public opinion, and this paper presents several guidelines to aid them in this endeavor. Colonel Key illustrates his thesis by discussing the failure of the national leadership during the Somalian military operation to fully understand the nature of national will and how it could have been cultivated. One can only hope that future leaders will have a better understanding of national will as a vital component of national power.

This paper addresses the need to understand the nature of national will by first defining what is meant by national will. It then discusses how the nation articulates its collective will, emphasizing the nature of public opinion as an articulation of this collective will. A discussion of the importance of cultivating the national will follows, including guidelines on how to do this. The paper then concludes with a look at the role of national will played in the Somalian military operation, arguing that American leadership did a poor job of cultivating the national will in support of that operation. It also argues that, despite this failure, the American national will did not necessarily falter on the issue of US military involvement in Somalia; rather, the national leadership perceived that the national will evaporated. It was that perception that prompted them to reduce the US presence there.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2014
September 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
236
Pages
PUBLISHER
Progressive Management
SELLER
Draft2Digital, LLC
SIZE
280.1
KB

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