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Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team Handbook: Observations, Insights, and Lessons

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A provincial reconstruction team PRT is an interim civil military organization designed to operate in semi-permissive environments usually following open hostilities. The PRT is intended to improve stability in a given area by helping build the government of Iraq s capacity and reinforcing legitimacy, effectiveness, and confidence in providing security to its citizens and delivering essential government services. The PRT assists provincial-level governments in meeting the expectations of their citizens. PRTs were established as a result of the need to develop the infrastructure and build the capacity necessary for the Iraqi people to succeed in a post-conflict environment. PRTs have become an integral part of the long-term strategy to transition the lines of security, governance, and economics to the Iraqi people. As the PRT effort draws to a close and transitions its efforts to provincial governments, it remains vital that new personnel are familiar with the concepts, structure, and management of PRTs and the lessons learned and best practices established by their predecessors. This handbook focuses on Iraq PRTs. The information contained in this handbook comes from multiple sources inside and outside the U.S. government, with the understanding that the manner in which PRTs operate has changed and evolved over time. The intent of this publication is to share knowledge, support discussion, and impart lessons and information in an expeditious manner. This Center for Army Lessons Learned CALL publication is not a doctrinal product. The information is written by U.S. government employees for those individuals who will serve in a stability and reconstruction environment. This handbook provides a knowledge base to individuals operating in, adjacent to, or in support of a PRT, enabling these individuals to work effectively as a team to achieve the purpose of the PRT. It also provides PRT members with shared operational guidelines and insights into PRT best practices.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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