Who is the enemy? Who is an innocent bystander? When can I use force and how much force should I use? The answers to these questions vary according to the role of the soldier and the rules of engagement under which he is operating at a particular time and in a particular place on the battlefield. We owe the American solder, who for future conflicts must be equally prepared to direct traffic and to close with and destroy the enemy, answers to these questions. But most important, after we determine the answers, we must be willing to train on them.
About the Author
First Lieutenant Clarence Briggs, a rifle company executive officer, was assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at the time of Operation Just Cause. He received his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Ohio State University and holds an associate degree in public policy analysis, bachelor of arts degrees in political science and history, and a master of arts degree in international relations. Briggs is currently stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.