A Stability Police Force for the United States

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The RAND Corporation provides objective research services and public policy analysis. RAND Corporation, for instance, currently offers on its front page the impact of US Military drawdown in Iraq:

… it (United States) must recognize that this drawdown will affect vulnerable and at-risk populations, some of whom have depended on U.S. forces for their security over the last six years. How vulnerable groups are affected by the U.S. drawdown has significant implications for the evolution of Iraq and U.S. policy interests in Iraq and the Middle East more broadly. Oliker, Grant, and Kaye assess the risks and implications of drawdown and withdrawal for some of the Iraqis in greatest danger: (1) populations whose vulnerability to violence will increase specifically because of the U.S. drawdown and (2) Iraq’s displaced population, both within Iraq and in neighboring states.

And their article, “Terrorists will strike America again” appeared as a documentary in Los Angeles Times this past January 19. They highlight three critical points of the Christmas Day episode.

What took me to the RAND site was a url in an email, Subject: Gestapo and a request to please read, from an active-duty soldier:

A Stability Police Force for the United States

Justification and Options for Creating U.S. Capabilities

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available for
this publication.
ISBN 978-0-8330-4653-6

The research described in the report was sponsored by the United States Army under Contract No. W74V8H-06-C-0001. Which means your taxpayer dollar and mine paid for it.

This project investigates the need for a U.S. Stability Police Force, the
major capabilities it would need if created, where in the federal govern-
ment it would best be headquartered, and how it should be staffed. In
doing so, it considers options based in the Departments of Defense,
Homeland Security, Justice, and State. The project was conducted
for the U.S. Army’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
(PKSOI). Its purpose was to make recommendations to PKSOI, the
Army, and the community of rule-of-law researchers, practitioners, and
policymakers on the need for (and characteristics of) a U.S. Stability
Police Force.
This research was conducted within RAND Arroyo Center’s
Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program. RAND Arroyo Center,
part of the RAND Corporation, is a federally funded research and
development center sponsored by the United States Army.
The Project Unique Identification Code (PUIC) for the project
that produced this document is ATFCR07234.
The project point of contact is Terrence Kelly, 412-683-2300
X4905, tkelly@rand.org.

Quotes from A Stability Police Force for the United States

The report was released January 2009.

The title of the sixth chapter of the report is a question: Staffing: Standing or Reserve?

The questions that follow in their conclusion makes one wonder along with them.
Their Conclusion begins: Law enforcement in the United States is not a federal responsibility.

Since the skills needed by an SPF are similar to those of high-end state
and local law enforcement, no federal law enforcement or military can-
didate is a perfect fit.

Their conclusion that the United States “needs an SPF or some other way to accomplish the SPF mission.”

The United States will continue to experience major challenges in stability operations if it does not have this policing capacity. These challenges could include an inability to establish basic law and order, as well as defeat or deter criminal organizations, terrorists, and insurgents.

In all its language, I missed the identification of exactly where, or where not, the Stability Police Force is to be used.

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