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On the Ground: Advisor Lessons Learned

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Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Fort Belvoir United States

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As the United States enters its 12th year in Afghanistan, the focus has moved from putting pins on maps and kinetic action to an applied logistics problem.The U.S. national interest is for a stable Afghanistan that will not be made a hostage state for terror. Achieving this end now is up to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In the forefront are the Afghan National Security Forces ANSFMinistry of Defense MoD, Ministry of Interior MoI, and National Defense Service. These forces have made great progress over the past decade and now are managing the battle space of the vast majority of Afghanistan. Under the tutelage of the United States and its coalition partners, the fighting prowess of the ANSF at the tactical level matured greatly over the past decade. Largely neglected until just recently has been the development of the capacities and structures required to sustain this force in the field. Ministerial development of both the MoD and MoI has drawn increased senior coalition leadership attention. This renewed interest provides an unprecedented opportunity to financial, logistical and acquisition professionals.

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