Accession Number:

ADA592556

Title:

After 2014: The U.S./NATO Missions in Afghanistan

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

78.0

Abstract:

President Obama has formally announced the end of combat operations by the International Security Assistance Force ISAF at the end of 2014, and has directed the ISAF to focus operations until that time on Security Force Assistance SFA to the Afghan National Security Forces ANSF. The question now is as follows What strategy, support, missions, and troop requirements will be necessary to keep the gains made in Afghanistan once the ISAF withdraws. This paper will evaluate the best way forward to achieve our vital national security interests in the region to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda. By researching the effectiveness of our experiences in Afghanistan, the study will assess the enabling conditions for future success. Focused counterterrorism CT efforts from within Afghanistan, continued SFA missions to develop the ANSF, and the provision of coalition enablers to mitigate operational risk will best support our vital national security interests while simultaneously defeating al-Qaedas strategy.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE