Accession Number:

ADA446770

Title:

U.S. Military Operations in Iraq: Planning, Combat, and Occupation

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Report Date:

2006-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

On November 2, 2005, a colloquium entitled U.S. Military Operations in Iraq Planning, Combat and Occupation was held in Washington, DC, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies SAIS. The Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins University organized the colloquium and co-sponsored it with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. Its objective was to gain insight from the apparent successes and problems of different phases of the 2003-2005 Iraqi war. Distinguished military officers, national security scholars, leading authors, and journalists gave presentations. Forging consensus was not a goal of the colloquium, but panelists presentations and participants comments and questions appeared generally to support the following significant conclusions 1 Military lessons, even for Phase III of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, remain subject to considerable controversy, and what we now see as conventional wisdom and insight will be increasingly challenged 2 Appraisals of the importance of speed in military operations may be subject to considerable revisions as the study of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM continues 3 The transition from Phase III to Phase IV of military operations is particularly challenging -- considerable effort may be needed to address aspects of Phase IV while Phase III is still being waged 4 All phases of future wars need to be coordinated to work towards the same end and 5 Serious analysis must be given to the interplay between force protection and accomplishing stabilization requirements. With regard to Iraq, some commentators argued that force protection should not be a priority at the expense of winning, and protecting the Iraqis. The remainder of this colloquium report is devoted to detailed summary and analysis of presentations from each panel, comments and questions from attendees, and the keynote speakers comments.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE