Strikt Functioneel: Over de militaire ervaring met de organisatie van de terugtocht

Translated title of the contribution: Strictly functional: The experiences of the Dutch military with the retreating of forces from international peacekeeping operations and national public cutbacks

Yvonne Kleistra, Christ Klep

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Abstract

The military is generally considered to act as a professional when it comes to retreating forces from military battleground or international conflict areas. At the same time recent national experiences with the withdrawal of national troops from international peacekeeping operations are filled with disappointments and crises. In this article the authors question the idea that these disappointments and crises are simply due to problems of reduced military competence or military morale. They argue that the military is still the alleged expert who knows how to perform military retreats and other military actions. At the same time they show that network-like decision-making structures that are inherent to the deployment of troops in international peacekeeping missions, have become a major obstacle for the military to act in its own right. The lessons that government can learn from the military experience are firstly, that decisions for national public cutbacks should be accompanied by a more in-depth (re)consideration of public (key) tasks than up to now was considered appropriate, and secondly, that more trust should be shown in the skills, knowledge and motivation of professionals to delineate and constrain the boundaries of their own fields of expertise.
Translated title of the contributionStrictly functional: The experiences of the Dutch military with the retreating of forces from international peacekeeping operations and national public cutbacks
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)28-37
Number of pages10
JournalBestuurskunde
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Dutch military
  • international peacekeeping
  • military withdrawal
  • modern warfare
  • postmodern warfare

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