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DIMEFIL: Instruments of Power

January 2024

Instruments of Power Overview

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To advance national interests, appropriate government officials, often with National Security Council direction, employ the instruments of national power to achieve strategic objectives. These instruments include diplomatic, informational, military, economic, financial, intelligence, and law enforcement (DIME-FIL) activities. Each instrument of national power works most effectively when it is supported by and operates harmoniously with the other elements. (The Joint Team, 2022)

The tabs above will guide you to Air University Library resources on each of the instruments of power. Items listed below address the DIMEFIL concept as a whole, or how two or more instruments of power interact or relate to one another.

This research guide is not a comprehensive listing of sources but is intended to be a starting point from which students can begin their research according to their specific needs.

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