This edited volume explores stability, security, transition and reconstruction operations (SSTR), highlighting the challenges and opportunities they create for the US Navy.
The book argues that SSTR operations are challenging because they create new missions and basing modes, and signal a return to traditional naval methods of operation. Mission accomplishment requires collaboration with a wide range of actors representing governmental, non-governmental and commercial organizations, which often creates politically and bureaucratically charged issues for those involved. However, although from a traditional warfighting perspective, stability operations might be viewed as having little to do with preparing for high-intensity conventional combat, these kinds of operations in fact correspond to traditional missions related to diplomacy, engagement, maritime domain awareness, piracy and smuggling, and intervention to quell civil disturbances. SSTR operations can be therefore depicted as a return to traditional naval operations, albeit operations that might not be universally welcomed in all quarters.
Preface James Wirtz and Jeffrey Larsen Introduction 1. Introduction James Wirtz Background 2. Stability Operations: The View from Afloat Daniel Moran 3. SSTR as History: The British Imperial Navy Experience, 1815-1930 John Ferris 4. International Law and Stability Operations Theo Farrell Service Models 5. Beyond Protecting the Land and the Sea:The Role of the US Navy in Reconstruction Jessica Piombo & Michael Malley 6. Blue Water and Muddy Deck Shoes: U.S. Navy Support to U.S. Marine Corps SSTR Operations Terry Terriff Cases: Implementing Stability Operations 7. An Examination of Maritime Peace Support Operations Adam Siegel 8. Passing the Trident: The Role of Naval International Programs in SSTR Operations Sam Tangredi 9. Stability and Security on the Inland Waterways: Naval Riverine Forces J.W. Stolze 10. Civil-Military Teams: The PRT Model in Afghanistan Nicholas Tomb 11. A Small Intervention: Lessons from Liberia 2003 Alan Kuperman Conclusion 12. Conclusion Jeffrey Larsen Appendix Naval Involvement in Peace Support Operations and Multinational SSTR Operations, 1890-2001 Adam Siegel