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Joint Personnel Recovery: A Contrarian View

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Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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The result of this announcement is a period of limbo for Department of Defense DoD Personnel Recovery PR programs while the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office and United States Joint Forces Command USJFCOM evaluate the requirement.2Although the Secretary referred to CSAR, OSD-Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office and USJFCOM are studying the broader mission set of PR. PR refers to the the sum of military, diplomatic, and civil efforts to affect the recovery and reintegration of isolated personnel.3 Best described, CSAR is a method or operational capability for conducting PR. Since Secretary Gates referred to the CSAR mission, it is logical to investigate the PR mission rather than the CSAR methodthe nuances of these terms routinely complicate understanding of PR.

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