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Multinational Land Force Interoperability: Meeting the Challenge of Different Cultural Backgrounds in Chapter VI Peace Support Operations

Research Report by Ann Fitz-Gerald

This article by Ann Fitz-Gerald analyzes the interoperability of forces of different nationalities in multinational forces of the UN, NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Fitz-Gerald argues that the organizational approach to pre-deployment planning “does not always correspond directly” with the national defense doctrines of participating countries, resulting in disunity on the ground and prolonged conflict due to a “blurred” local perception of international forces. The author cites several practical examples (including Bosnia and Haiti); she uses these to highlight the importance of to the success of an international mission. Fitz-Gerald uses large-scale empirical evidence to underscore her argument, concluding that future policies on multinational and bilateral interoperability must “consider the more operational and tactical requirements that are essential for improving cohesion and unity of effort on the ground.”

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Author(s): Ann Fitz-Gerald;
Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Peacekeeping
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Dispute Resolution
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / United Nations (UN)
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance
Policy Articles / Military & Defence
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / United Nations (UN) / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Dispute Resolution / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) / 2002
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Peacekeeping / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

interoperability; deployment; planning; perception; international forces; mission; multinational; bilateral; cohesion; unity; bosnia; haiti; conflict; doctrine; multinational;