Creative Associates International, Inc. and U.S. Stability Operations: ‘A Roadmap from Conflict to Peace’

Creative Associates International, Inc. and U.S. Stability Operations:

‘A Roadmap from Conflict to Peace’

While Stabilization Operations is undoubtedly an evolving doctrine for the Army, Stability Operations Field Manual Number 3-07, will be an important reference for the development community. Its impact will go far beyond the Army in support of U.S. national goals and objectives.  To read the full report, click here.

Creative’s own Senior Advisor, James “Spike” Stephenson, and his book, “Losing the Golden Hour, An Insider’s View of Iraq’s Reconstruction” (Potomac Books, 2007), were acknowledged and referenced in the Field Manual. To hear more from Spike Stephenson about Creative’s work in Stabilization and Development, see below.

As U.S. Army Lieutenant General William Caldwell, Commander, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, said in the report’s Foreword: “It is a roadmap from conflict to peace, a practical guidebook for adaptive, creative leadership at a critical time in our history.”

To view Creative’s Past Projects and Incountry Networks in Africa, click here.

October 2008

Stability Operations

Field Manual No. 3-07


Since the terrorist attacks on the American people seven years ago, we have been engaged in an epic struggle unlike any other in our history. This struggle, what may be the defining ideological conflict of the 21st century, is marked by the rising threat of a violent extremist movement that seeks to create anarchy and instability throughout the international system. Within this system, we also face emerging nations discontented with the status quo, flush with wealth and ambition, and seeking a new global balance of power. Yet the greatest threat to our national security comes not in the form of terrorism or ambitious powers, but from fragile states either unable or unwilling to provide for the most basic needs of their people.

As the Nation continues into this era of uncertainty and persistent conflict, the lines separating war and peace, enemy and friend, have blurred and no longer conform to the clear delineations we once knew. At the same time, emerging drivers of conflict and instability are combining with rapid cultural, social, and technological change to further complicate our understanding of the global security environment. Military success alone will not be sufficient to prevail in this environment. To confront the challenges before us, we must strengthen the capacity of the other elements of national power, leveraging the full potential of our interagency partners.

America’s future abroad is unlikely to resemble Afghanistan or Iraq, where we grapple with the burden of nation-building under fire. Instead, we will work through and with the community of nations to defeat insurgency, assist fragile states, and provide vital humanitarian aid to the suffering. Achieving victory will assume new dimensions as we strengthen our ability to generate “soft” power to promote participation in government, spur economic development, and address the root causes of conflict among the disenfranchised populations of the world. At the heart of this effort is a comprehensive approach to stability operations that integrates the tools of statecraft with our military forces, international partners, humanitarian organizations, and the private sector.

The comprehensive approach ensures unity of effort among a very rich and diverse group of actors while fostering the development of new capabilities to shape the operational environment in ways that preclude the requirement for future military intervention. It postures the military to perform a role common throughout history—ensuring the safety and security of the local populace, assisting with reconstruction, and providing basic sustenance and public services. Equally important, it defines the role of military forces in support of the civilian agencies charged with leading these complex endeavors.

Field Manual 3-07, Stability Operations, represents a milestone in Army doctrine. It is a roadmap from conflict to peace, a practical guidebook for adaptive, creative leadership at a critical time in our history. It institutionalizes the hard-won lessons of the past while charting a path for tomorrow. This manual postures our military forces for the challenges of an uncertain future, an era of persistent conflict where the unflagging bravery of our Soldiers will continue to carry the banner of freedom, hope, and opportunity to the people of the world.


Lieutenant General, U.S. Army


U.S. Army Combined Arms Center

Headquarters Department of the Army

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General Dennis J. Reimer Training and Doctrine Digital Library at (

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