Iraq and Afghanistan: Actions Needed to Enhance the Ability of Army Brigades to Support the Advising Mission
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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Developing capable Iraqi and Afghan security forces is a key component of the U.S. military effort in Iraq and Afghanistan and, in 2009, the Army began augmenting brigade combat teams BCT with advisor personnel to advise the host nation security forces in these countries. House Armed Services Committee report 111-491 directed GAO to report on the Armys plans to augment BCTs to perform advising missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. This report 1 identifies the key characteristics of the augmented BCT concept 2 assesses the extent to which the Army has provided augmented BCTs, and what challenges, if any, these units have faced and 3 assesses the extent to which requirements for augmented BCTs have impacted overall Army personnel requirements, including the Armys ability to provide advisor personnel. GAO examined augmented BCT doctrine and guidance, analyzed advisor requirements, reviewed after- action reviews and lessons learned from augmented BCTs, and interviewed Army, theater command, and augmented BCT officials.
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