The USAR: A Dedicated Force for Stability and Reconstruction Operations

  • Colonel William S. Schaper

Throughout our nation’s history, the U.S. military has been involved in conflicts that have required post-combat reconstruction and stability operations. In the vast majority of our 20th century conflicts, the success, or lack thereof, has been glaring. Historically, the U.S. military has been the single element to conduct the burden of planning, preparing and executing stabilization and reconstruction (S&R) operations, (Phases IV and V). In the present-day era of persistent conflict, it will be critical that the U.S. military prepares to successfully conduct these operations to achieve the desired end state and successfully conclude military operations. This paper will examine the establishment of the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) as a dedicated force tasked with leading S&R operations, whose sole mission focuses on “winning the peace.”