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Korean War 1950-1953

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Another factor that impedes the integration of all instruments of national power into an effective overall strategy during wartime is the civilian and military relationship.
Strategists will argue that civilians have control of the military. This is in line with Clausewitz notion that war must be subordinate to policy. One will hope for a healthy relationship between both entities; in a sense, while there is no clear line of defined responsibility, both parties should have overlapping knowledge and understanding. As easy as this concept may appear, its applicability can often create discordance among stakeholders. This in turn will create a lack of coordination and participation, all of which are detrimental to the effective integration of
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military was clouded by a climate of mistrust and misunderstanding. Consequently, it was difficult for the leaders to integrate the full spectrum of the military apparatus into the instruments of national power. In fact, many restrictions were placed on them, leading to the assumption that the overall strategy is ineffective - not fully integrated. Even the nuclear option was out of consideration, for fear of horizontal escalation. In addition, it was difficult to fully incorporate intelligence into the overall strategy, which made China’s intervention in Korean War a complete surprise to U.S. despite many warning…show more content…
In other words, in most cases, if the government is corrupted or incompetent, any funding toward law enforcement for example will be diverted to serve personal interests and will not accomplish its end goals. Likewise, a corrupt government will not be honest and coupled with the lack of clarity in the information element of the national power will undermine any efforts of diplomacy. In respect to economy, the supported government might not pursue any economic endeavors that will benefit the country and its people, toward the war efforts.
Case in point, during the Vietnam War, the inept U.S. backed South Vietnamese government and the corruption which plagued its institution were damaging to the effective integration of some viable instruments of national power. Consequently, efforts toward local law enforcement training and readiness were fruitless. Furthermore, misuses of financial resources by the government eroded the trust of the people. Collaborating with/supporting a government that has divergent goals did not help the outcome of the
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