Economic Assessment: Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction Operations
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Recent United States major combat operations have been characterized by rapid defeat of the threat with limited destruction of the infrastructure through effective use of intelligence, information superiority, precision weapons, and rapid maneuver. Post conflict operations are characterized by stabilization, security, transition, and reconstruction SSTR operations during the post combat phase. In order for this phase to be successful and national objectives accomplished, a stable, viable and growing economy must be in place and functioning. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, the U.S. Government did not adequately plan for the unique requirements associated with the establishment of a flourishing economy. History provides a number of useful examples from the Japanese War to Afghanistan to illustrate the necessity of a stable economy for successful stabilization and reconstruction operations, demonstrating the direct correlation between an established economy and successful SSTR operations. This paper will highlight economic recovery strategies from historical nation building operations to include Iraq. From these strategies lessons can be learned to apply to present SSTR operations in Iraq and future conflicts the United States may undertake.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics