Definition of mission creep in English:

mission creep

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  • A gradual shift in objectives during the course of a military campaign, often resulting in an unplanned long-term commitment.
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    • While mission creep occurs during conventional military operations, the ramifications tend to be more significant during peace operations.
    • One is the fear of the funded components (Reserve / National Guard) that mission creep of the militia would compete for funding with their own operations.
    • Such mission creep should be expected; it has been part of virtually all U.S. involvement with complex Phase IV operations.

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