Stability Operations: Learning from Operation Iraqi Freedom
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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U.S. strategy in Iraq after the removal of Saddam Hussein was to promote a democratic style of government and to conduct reconstruction of essential Iraqi infrastructure for the political and economic redevelopment of Iraq. Post-conflict planning and execution failures based on faulty assumptions and the inability to establish a stable and secure environment has led to large-scale insurgent operations in Iraq. This paper examines some of these failures and analyzes the importance of security and its influence on using economic means during the initial stages of post-conflict operations to facilitate reconstruction and economic recovery efforts in order to achieve lasting results.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics