By Robert Mandel
Few worldwide safeguard matters stimulate extra fervent ardour than the applying of brute strength. regardless of the fierce debate raging approximately it in executive, society and the Academy, insufficient strategic realizing surrounds the difficulty, prompting the pressing desire for
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This brute force investigation ties in with several other important security concerns: (1) pressures for gun control domestically and arms control internationally; (2) within-state social contract alterations between the rulers and the ruled regarding security responsibilities; (3) sovereignty transformation, reflecting security tensions between state freedom and global integration; (4) fluid global effectiveness and legitimacy norms and practices, including restraint by governments and freedom for individuals and groups; and (5) changing roles for police and military security forces.
85 The Vietnam War should have taught Americans that military superiority does not automatically produce political victory,86 but Americans had to relearn this lesson during the 1993–1994 military debacle in Somalia. MILITARY MALADJUSTMENT PARADOXES Although strategic mission futility has been evident, brute force uses particularly by Western states recently seem to be halfhearted, without appropriate objectives attainable through force or sufficient staying power. Especially in external force uses by the West, states are not adjusting properly to twenty-first-century global challenges.
Force effectiveness involves some key distinctions: (1) short-term versus long-term force effectiveness; (2) force effectiveness for national security versus for regional or global security; (3) force effectiveness for state security versus for human security; and (4) force effectiveness for military objectives versus for political, economic, or social objectives. Although the alternatives in each of these four areas are not mutually exclusive, they do reflect different emphases that could ultimately produce differences in the way success is measured.