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    Default Army Civil Affairs Operations

    From the Secrecy News blog (FAS) - Army Civil Affairs Operations.

    Civil Affairs has recently been elevated to a branch of the U.S. Army by order of Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey on January 12, 2007.

    The role of civil affairs is to support "the interaction of military forces with the civilian populace [in or around the battlefield] to facilitate military operations and consolidate operational objectives."

    According to an Army manual on civil affairs operations (Civil Affairs Operations, U.S. Army Field Manual FM 3-05.40, September 2006), "A supportive civilian population can provide resources and information that facilitate friendly operations. It can also provide a positive climate for the military and diplomatic activity a nation pursues to achieve foreign policy objectives."...

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    Is there a companion publication that really says something important, like the Small Unit Leader's Guide to Counterinsurgency?

    That's what I don't understand sometimes with doctrine. We produce it backwards, and I would offer that the folks who need a Civil Affairs manual the most aren't sitting in a COC in Qatar, but are already on the front line.

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