Over the past ten years, the United States has had an increasing role in non-major combat operations worldwide. While the Department of Defense has worked diligently toward developing necessary capabilities and skill sets, the U.S. lacks a whole of government approach. This failure to fully integrate operations and requirements erodes America's ability to conduct foreign missions. To correct this, policy makers must clearly define the scope of operations and publicize realistic and equitable goals. The United States must eliminate policy shortfalls, inconsistent strategic and tactical goals, and heavy-handed security requirements if future stability operations are to succeed.