Accession Number:

ADA422825

Title:

Operational Infrastructure Development: A Critical Factor in the Global War on Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-09

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

Operational infrastructure development is the construction and establishment of roads, airfields, ports, installations, communications systems, hospitals, schools, irrigation systems, and water treatment systems by operational-level military commands. For several reasons, it has become a decisive operational concept in the global war on terrorism GWOT. As the United States confronts failed states, quasi-failed states, and rogue dictatorships that threaten its national security, there is a requirement for operational commanders to focus on operational infrastructure development. In the first two years of the GWOT, three models of operational infrastructure development have blossomed the facilitative, creative, and reconstructive models. The first is the facilitative model employed by Joint Task Force JTF 510 on Basilan Island in the Republic of the Philippines. The second is the creative model led by Combined Joint Task Force CJTF 180 in Afghanistan. The third is the reconstructive model now ongoing in Iraq, commanded by CJTF-7 and the Coalition Provisional Authority CPA. This paper argues that these campaigns show that operational infrastructure development is a critical factor in the GWOT, and should be planned for by operational commanders and integrated into joint doctrine. 37 refs.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE