Accession Number:

ADA463859

Title:

Operationalizing the Interagency Coordination Mechanisms between State and Department of Defense for Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-06-16

Pagination or Media Count:

108.0

Abstract:

In the past decade, the Department of Defense DoD has conducted the majority of U.S. stabilization and reconstruction operations SRO due to an inability of other government agencies to deploy and integrate. In April 2004, President Bush approved a concept to institutionalize U.S. civilian efforts under the Department of State DOS called the Secretarys Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization SCRS. The primary question this thesis attempts to answer is whether coordination between SCRS and DoD provides a new U.S. Government USG capability to translate policy into SRO down to the tactical level, for the near term. Recent literature provides criteria against which to evaluate the SCRS-DoD model synchronized policy and authority institutionalized organization and manning synchronized and flexible planning integrated doctrine, training, and exercises and resources and interoperability that enable transition. This investigation finds the SCRS-DoD model strong on policy and planning, but insufficient on implementation. The U.S. Government must move forward on connecting many outlying organizations and national security structures to continue the momentum towards a true U.S. Government capability. Additionally, a critical gap in understanding this topic exists between the strategic and operationaltactical levels. If the U.S. Government wants this model to succeed, doctrine, education, and training across the spectrum of stabilization and reconstruction operators should become a top priority.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE