Taking Stock: Interagency Integration in Stability Operations
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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Current Department of Defense DOD policy directs the development of capabilities within the Department to foster integration of the stability operations mission internally as well as externally with interagency partners. This policy identifies support to integrated civilian military efforts as a key element of successful stability operations. DOD efforts parallel those taken by U.S. Government civilian agencies that respond to national level guidance endorsing the importance of stability operations missions and emphasizing the importance of civil-military integration in those missions. The question remains, how is the U.S. Government faring in achieving the objectives of interagency integration for stability operations This article will explore progress to date, outline some remaining challenges, and posit areas that can be improved. It will cover key elements of integration including availability of authorities congressional mandates as well as executive-level and departmental policies, guidance doctrine, financial resources, civilian capacity, concepts for integrated planning and operations, integrated organizational structures to prepare and execute operations, and training strategies for civil-military teams.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Government and Political Science