The Role of the Army in Infrastructure and Capacity Building
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The 16 September, 2009, Department of Defense Instruction 3000.05, Stability Operations, directed the military to maintain the capability to repair critical infrastructure. Additionally, the military must be able to contribute to other civil military stability operations, which frequently includes infrastructure construction, among other tasks. Efforts to repair, reconstruct, and establish infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced varying degrees of success. Recent experience suggests that the US Army is the only organization able to execute this vital effort, at least initially. This paper examines both the importance of infrastructure and the role of the U.S. Army in the nations capacity building efforts along with the associated expectations. The roles and relationships of the Department of Defense DOD, other U.S. governmental agencies, and non U.S. entities in capacity building are reviewed. Additionally the importance of infrastructure and the lines of governance are examined. Finally, some improvements toward expectation management, interoperability, understanding, and execution of infrastructure construction in support of capacity building are offered.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics