Accession Number:

ADA608711

Title:

Developing Sustainable Afghan National Security Forces

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

149.0

Abstract:

The thesis addresses the development of the current Afghan National Security Forces ANSF. This topic was chosen because the international community, in consultation with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has established 2014 as the time the ANSF will assume full responsibility for Afghanistans security. My primary research question is to determine whether the international community has synchronized its efforts and aligned the proper resources necessary to build capacity for the ANSF to adequately sustain their forces. The international community expended tremendous resources to man, equip, and train the ANSF since its formation in 2002. In many ways, ANSF development is similar to the development of the Iraqi Security Forces and Army of the Republic of Vietnam. This study examines the development of these three nations within the Armys DOTMLPF framework to answer the research question. In conclusion, the findings indicate that the international community has synchronized efforts and aligned resources to build ANSF capacity and the supporting institutions to sustain it by 2014 however, the Afghan government will require ongoing external financial support.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE