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What Capability Gaps Would a Multi-Component Civil Affairs Organization Address Between Reserve Component and Active Duty

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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This thesis is a review and comparison of the approaches taken during World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom regarding Civil Affairs and Military Governance to determine if multicomponent units could resolve some of the current capability gaps. This thesis conducts a literature review of relevant military doctrine, military scholar research, and civilian research and case studies to identify capability gaps between Reserve and Active Component Civil Affairs. The capability gaps identified are leadership, integration, and Functional Specialty. The study utilizes a qualitative research method of textual analysis to examine how the military addressed Active and Reserve Component Civil Affairs and Functional Specialist capability gaps during World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The research results in short and long-term solutions within a Multi-Component Civil Affairs organization that are affordable, feasible and effective in addressing current capability gaps based on lessons learned from World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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