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Mason, M. Chris (ed). "Recommendations for Success in Afghanistan." (Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Press, 2019).

  • 1.  Mason, M. Chris (ed). "Recommendations for Success in Afghanistan." (Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Press, 2019).

    Posted 07-24-2019 15:02
    Mason, M. Chris (ed). "Recommendations for Success in Afghanistan." (Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Press, 2019).

    https://publications.armywarcollege.edu/publication-detail.cfm?publicationID=3702

    USAWC Integrated Research Project: "This monograph is the result of an integrated research project conducted by a group of eight officers at the U.S. Army War College during the 2017-2018 academic year. Three of the officers were international fellows, and five were U.S. military special operations officers with multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. Together they had more than 20 years of experience working on various aspects of the complex problem set facing the United States in Afghanistan before arriving on campus. Significantly, while integrated research projects are common, this project was the first such endeavor ever to be generated at the student level and then set in motion by the U.S. Army War College faculty, rather than vice versa. In addition to their experience, the officers brought with them to Carlisle Barracks, PA, an intense desire to put their knowledge and lessons learned on paper and continue to push ahead against the problems they faced in Afghanistan.

    The group identified the four most important and challenging issues which the Resolute Support mission grapples with on a daily basis: (1) maintaining the equilibrium of power and control between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban at its current level; (2) bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to begin peace talks with the Afghan Government; (3) getting Pakistan to curb its 17-year support to the Taliban; and, (4) start to roll back the pernicious dominance of opium production in the Afghan economy and its corrosive influence on national governance and state-building. Everyone involved in this project was keenly aware that thousands of dedicated U.S., Afghan, and international personnel from the military, diplomatic, and academic spheres have been struggling with these same four issues for almost two decades. The group's intention was to enhance that ongoing effort through academic research and the application of the members' experience in order to develop specific, implementable solutions for each of the four problems. The faculty tasked the group with avoiding both long history lessons and the kind of vague bromides (i.e., 'so-and-so must do more such-and-such') which tend to dominate external reviews of the challenges facing Afghanistan but which are too nebulous to implement.

    Some of the proposed lines of action are unconventional. Because this monograph is the product of an international team of military officers, not all of the views, analyses, and recommendations it contains reflect U.S. Army or U.S. Government policy. Furthermore, because the officers divided themselves into teams of two to address each of the four challenges discreetly, not all of the analyses and proposals reflect the views of all eight of the participants. Given the task of addressing these four persistent problems in Afghanistan with a wide-open aperture, and without the restraints and constraints of current policy and lines of action, the group responded with a blend of recommendations for both current operation improvements and recommendations for new and sometimes unorthodox approaches. This monograph is the product of a combined 8 academic years of research and analysis (not counting faculty engagement), and the set of proposals contained herein for enhancing the prospects for success in Afghanistan are indeed worthy of further consideration and discussion."

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    Travis Ferrell, MA, MLIS
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    Military Libraries Division Chair
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