NDU's Center for Complex Operations (CCO) Releases PRISM Vol. 4 No. 2
In the most recent issue of CCO's journal PRISM, experts make the argument for mitigating civilan harm and reestablishing U.S. ethical authority in wartime.
In their PRISM article "Changing of the Guard: Civilian Protection for an Evolving Military," authors Dr. Larry Lewis, the Center for Navy Analyses (CNA) Representative to the Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis (JCOA) division of Joint Staff J7 Joint and Coalition Warfighting (JCW), and Sarah Holewinski, Executive Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict, write:
Civilian casualties can risk the success of a combat mission. While not new, this is a lesson US defense forces have had to repeatedly relearn. Historically, civilian protection and efforts to address harm became priorities only when external pressures demanded attention. As the Pentagon reshapes its defenses and fighting force for the next decade, continuing this ad hoc pattern in the future is neither strategically smart nor ethically acceptable.
The article appears on page 57 of PRISM Vol. 4, No. 2. Read or download the complete issue.