This came up the other day from the Army’s TRADOC twitter feed…The Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (that’s a mouthfull…) has a page concerned with the title of this post, and the other day they featured the U.S. Army’s new Operating Concept (TRADOC Pam 525-3-1), which specifically addresses an issue which as dogged the US since…well, Rwanda comes to mind. How to respond to atrocities, genocide, ethnic cleansing, etc., has been a weak point in state and military planning. And while I would suggest that many problems in the U.S. response to atrocities exist in the civilian administration more than in military organization, actually having a military doctrine for how to resond to such situations is a very positive thing. And it should hopefully make policy decisions easier for future administrations. The page also contains a link to the complete Operating Concept handbook.