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Just War ReconsideredStrategy, Ethics, and Theory$
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James M. Dubik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168296

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168296.001.0001

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The Decision-Execution Regime

The Decision-Execution Regime

(p.113) 5 The Decision-Execution Regime
Just War Reconsidered

James M. Dubik

University Press of Kentucky

Waging war requires management and focused leadership attention. For a nation to increase its probability of success in war, it must do the following sufficiently well (i.e.,at least better than its enemies): identify proper war aims; structure civil and military strategies, policies, and campaigns that, when executed, will likely achieve those aims; create coordinative bodies that can make initial decisions as well monitor the war as it unfolds and adapt accordingly; and sustain the legitimacy of the war in the eyes of the political community on whose behalf the war is waged. Senior political and military leaders must establish and make work, therefore, a near-continuous dialogue-execution regime. Without such a regime, the political and military bureaucracies will do what they always do—business as usual. War is always new, always different, always atypical, and always changing rapidly. It poses great difficulty to bureaucracies and their leaders. To wage a war, therefore, senior political and military leaders must both use and break their bureaucracies as well as those of their allies or coalition partners. And therein lie the leadership and management challenges of waging war.

Keywords:   management, leadership, war aims, military bureaucracies, war, military strategies

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