Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
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In the aftermath of the U.S.-led ousters of the Taliban and Baathist regimes, and as part of the U.S. strategy to deal with transnational terrorist groups, there has been a great deal of activity focused on revising the way that the United States plans and conducts Stabilization, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction SSTR operations. The primary emphasis of the changes has been to ensure a common U.S. strategy rather than a collection of individual departmental and agency efforts and to mobilize and involve all available U.S. government assets in a SSTR operation. The use of the term SSTR to describe these types of operations is important in comprehending fully the scope of the effort. SSTR operations are civilian-led and conducted and coordinated with the involvement of all the available resources of the U.S. government military and civilian, nongovernmental organizations NGOs, and international partners. While military assets are an essential component of many SSTR operations, specific military goals and objectives are only a portion of the larger SSTR operation. The following set of definitions, taken from the Military Support to Stabilization, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction Operations Joint Operating Concept,1 provides an explanation of the term.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics