Essential Services in Support of the Counterinsurgency during Operation Iraq Freedom
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Success in counterinsurgency operations is dependent to a good degree on how well a government in power or occupying force can provide essential services for the local populace. These services are a key element to building legitimacy of the government by restoring dignity to its citizens. The operational factors of time and force in delivering these services can be expressed by the window of opportunity that needs to be exploited in meeting public expectations as well as how the local populace is employed and treated during this mission. Operation Iraqi Freedom is a good case to both measure the Coalition Forces performance and to analyze how well the operational commander has adhered to several proposed imperatives for success. The paper also discusses some measures instituted after the initial Coalition Forces occupation to aid the operational commander. Finally, the paper offers recommendations to further enhance delivery of essential services and concludes that adapting these measures will positively impact on the success of the counterinsurgency in Iraq as a whole.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare