Accession Number : AD1036737

Title :   Decade of War: Applying Past Lessons to the Counter-ISIS Campaign

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States

Personal Author(s) : Lewis,Larry

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Report Date : 22 May 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : In 2012, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey called for the U.S. military to learn the lessons from the past decade of operations, resulting in the Decade of War Report which summarized key lessons from U.S. military operations since 2001. The reports findings are relevant to the current Department of Defense (DOD) initiative of crafting and implementing a new approach to countering ISIS in response to the Trump administrations executive order. This paper takes six of the reports lessons-on understanding the environment, rethinking the conventional warfare paradigm, leveraging strategic communications to achieve operational goals, managing transitions, and building effective coalitions-and applies them to the counter-ISIS campaign.

Descriptors :   Counterterrorism , Iraq , Syria , military strategy , policies , INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , collateral damage , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , casualties , information operations , strategic communications , Afghanistan , Turkey , Russia , military intelligence , military forces (united states) , military forces (foreign) , Interoperability

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE