Preparing the Army for Stability Operations

Preparing the Army for Stability Operations: Doctrinal and Interagency Issues

Thomas S. Szayna
Derek Eaton
Amy Richardson
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 276
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/mg646a
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    Preparing the Army for Stability Operations
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    Much activity is being aimed at revising the approach to planning and implementing Stabilization, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) operations. The changes are meant to ensure a common U.S. strategy rather than a collection of individual departmental and agency efforts and on involving all available government assets in the effort. The authors find that some elements essential to the success of the process are not yet in place.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-4431-0
    Subjects: Political Science, Management & Organizational Behavior

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xxii)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxv-xxviii)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    In 2004–2006, the U.S. government acted to revise the entire way that the planning and implementation of Stabilization, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) operations are conducted. The primary emphasis of the changes is on ensuring a common U.S. strategy rather than a collection of individual departmental and agency efforts and on mobilizing and involving all available U.S. government assets in the effort. The proximate reason for the policy shift stems from the exposing of gaps in U.S. ability to administer Afghanistan and Iraq after the U.S.-led ousters of the Taliban and Ba’athist regimes. By all accounts, these gaps in...

  10. CHAPTER TWO Building Interagency Collaborative Capacity for SSTR Operations
    (pp. 7-56)

    This chapter has a twofold purpose. One, it provides an overview of the main directions in the rethinking of SSTR operations in 2004–2006 at the interagency level (as well as at the Joint and DoD levels) of the U.S. government. We identify the main policy decisions, describe the steps taken to implement them, and note the remaining issues concerning their implementation. The purpose of the overview is to draw out the potential guidance that may have structural and organizational ramifications for the Army and its role in support of SSTR operations.

    Two, it assesses the current state of building...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Army Doctrine in the Context of Interagency SSTR Operations
    (pp. 57-110)

    The S/CRS Essential Tasks Matrix is one of what we have identified as the four basic pillars of the U.S. government’s rethinking of SSTR operations. We described the ETM briefly in Chapter Two. As the ETM articulates the potential interagency tasks to be accomplished during a SSTR operation, it is essential that the Army be doctrinally prepared to support the ETM.¹ This chapter focuses on the extent to which current and emerging U.S. Army doctrine supports the essential tasks identified by the ETM as being required to establish a safe and secure environment during SSTR operations—the ETM mission area...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 111-126)

    U.S. participation in SSTR operations is likely to remain a persistent feature of U.S. defense policy. Whatever the term used to describe these types of operations, the United States, throughout its history, has used its power in a way currently referred to as SSTR operations¹ and these operations can determine the success or failure of the larger U.S. objectives in the conflict. In this context, developing greater interagency capacity for SSTR operations is an overall goal that will retain resonance. What we identify as the four pillars² of the current process to rethink the whole approach to SSTR operations set...

  13. APPENDIX A Field Manuals Referred to in Chapter Three
    (pp. 127-130)
  14. APPENDIX B The S/CRS Essential Tasks Matrix
    (pp. 131-226)
  15. APPENDIX C Consolidated Essential Tasks Matrix-to-AUTL List
    (pp. 227-240)
  16. Bibliography
    (pp. 241-248)