Accession Number : AD1023606


Title :   Afghanistan: Another American Tragedy of Strategic Miscalculations


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Air Command and Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States


Personal Author(s) : Mosley,Kliff


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1023606.pdf


Report Date : 09 Apr 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 30


Abstract : The United States political and military efforts in Afghanistan follow the post-World-War-II pattern of failed policies, tactical military victories with strategic losses, and Western-imposed democratic governance. The dynamic and complex conditions of Afghanistan contain valuable political and strategic lessons for military practitioners desiring to study and potentially prevent another limited armed conflict ultimately destined for failure. To develop successful political and strategic objectives, US civilian and military leadership should assess the influence of the target states political and strategic culture to inform US political decision-making and rules of war. Focusing on Afghanistan, this paper explores the history that produced the political and strategic culture in existence today, the dynamic forces exerting influence on US nation-building efforts, and the miscalculations in the current US approach to Afghan-governance.


Descriptors :   Afghanistan , military operations , lessons learned , Decision making , national politics , warfare , insurgency , combat operations , civil war , doctrine , counterinsurgency , Military strategy


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE