Herding Black Cats: Leveraging Non-Lethal Effects to Preserve Peace

  • September 01, 2014
  • Colonel H.C. Silkman

The U.S. National Security Strategy says that America still bears the burden of global leadership. For nearly a century, Americans have considered themselves exceptional and an example for the rest of the world, but the old ways of holding onto power are slipping, and a new world order is slowly encroaching upon the United States. This monograph asserts that it is time for a divergent approach to the future of warfare and it is time to reverse long-held ideas on what should be the main effort, what capabilities should take center stage, and what strategic effects the U.S. should focus on resourcing. In a coming era of smaller defense budgets and fewer troops, the U.S. military must learn to use the force it has available to greatest effect and focus the funding pipeline to the various occupational specialties that influence change rather than force it.