Accession Number : AD1031386

Title :   When Opportunity Only Knocks Once: Lessons From Gen Petraeus In Iraq And Afghanistan

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

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

Personal Author(s) : Olivares,Stephen A

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Report Date : 01 Mar 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : GEN David Petraeus counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts failed in Afghanistan because of the unfavorable contextual elements including the lack of both popular and political support at home and abroad, the tribal history of Afghanistan, the harsh terrain and the historically finite amount of time given to the general to accomplish his objectives. This work details the lessons learned from Petraeus bold leadership and use of COIN doctrine to bring prosperity in Iraq and failure to bring about peace to a decades-long, war ravaged land in Afghanistan. Different contextual environments and battlefield elements can stymie a war effort of an otherwise successful campaign and a capable combat commander.

Descriptors :   national security , iraqiwar , civil war , united states central command , international organizations , joint military activities , international relations , sectarian violence , improvised explosive devices , insurgency , afghanistan conflict , warfare , lessons learned

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE