> Vol. 4, No 2. 2013 > Changing of the Guard: Civilian Protection for an Evolving Military

Larry Lewis and Sarah Holewinski
Changing of the Guard: Civilian Protection for an Evolving Military


13 2013

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.