Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: US$100 billion and lessons learnt?

Hybrid View

Previous Post Previous Post   Next Post Next Post
  1. #1
    Council Member davidbfpo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    11,812

    Default US$100 billion and lessons learnt?

    I only rarely catch Modern War Institute @ West Point articles, but this one aroused my interest. As the opening passage says:
    The United States has invested more than $100 billion in training and equipping security forces in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past sixteen years. The result? ISIS swiftly defeated the Iraqi Army in 2014, securing large swaths of land, and requiring international intervention. Since the US presence began decreasing in Afghanistan in 2015, the Taliban have steadily forced the Afghan Security Forces out of rural areas, gaining control of vast portions of the country. An additional 3,500 US service members will soon be en route to reverse this trend. The $100 billion spent to date is a milestone, not a final bill.
    It lists five lessons:
    Lesson 1 – Effective advisory missions rely on high-caliber, well-trained, and committed individuals who demonstrate competence as advisors; furthermore, the advisory mission must endure long enough to ensure success.
    Lesson 2 – The advisory force cannot be general purpose—it must be tailored for the specific environment into which it will deploy.
    Lesson 3 – The highest degree of competence and effectiveness that an advised force can achieve when operating independently is better than any level of readiness that relies on US assets (to a degree).
    Lesson 4 – On a larger scale, the advisory mission cannot rely solely on military and security forces.
    Lesson 5 – Like all military endeavors, the advisory mission must be undertaken with a clear objective in mind, with consistent and reasonable intermediate metrics to determine effectiveness over time.
    Link:https://mwi.usma.edu/fourth-time-cha...rations-right/

    Elsewhere on SWJ Blog there is an article on Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) and the MWI article asks:
    The current evolution of the SFAB generally marks the fourth attempt at tackling the advise-and-assist mission set since the early years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Link:http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/fir...in-four-months
    Last edited by davidbfpo; 10-15-2017 at 07:11 PM.
    davidbfpo

  2. #2
    Council Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    27

    Default The Godfather Doctrine

    The current issue (10/17) of the Marine Corps Gazette has an article pertinent to the West Point study. The Godfather Doctrine by LtCol. Douglas Luccio calls for more organized and committed security force assistance training including generating a publication similar to The Small Wars Manual, updated and focused on today's conflict locations.

  3. #3
    Council Member davidbfpo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    11,812

    Default A pointer to The Godfather Doctrine

    Quote Originally Posted by JHR View Post
    The current issue (10/17) of the Marine Corps Gazette has an article pertinent to the West Point study. The Godfather Doctrine by LtCol. Douglas Luccio calls for more organized and committed security force assistance training including generating a publication similar to The Small Wars Manual, updated and focused on today's conflict locations.
    The article cited in the Gazette is behind a registration / payment wall, but an earlier edition (29 pgs.) is available via:http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/AD1037564
    davidbfpo

  4. #4
    Council Member davidbfpo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    11,812

    Default Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the USA

    An excerpt from a book and here is a "taster":
    Yet the U.S. track record for building militaries in fragile states is uneven at best. The United States generally approaches the problem of building militaries in fragile states by emphasizing training and equipment, and by distancing itself from key political issues. This method wastes time, effort, and resources. Examples spanning Europe, Asia, and the Middle East illustrate the flaws in the traditional way of working with foreign militaries.
    Link:https://taskandpurpose.com/book-exce...challenges-us/

    Curious that one example is the success in Greece post-1945, which is rarely covered and IIRC there is a thread in the Historians arena. It is on the insurgency, not n the US mission:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=2463

    No reviews yet:https://www.amazon.com/Building-Mili...ds=mara+karlin
    Last edited by davidbfpo; 02-25-2018 at 06:52 PM. Reason: 11,112v
    davidbfpo

Similar Threads

  1. Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience
    By MikeF in forum US Policy, Interest, and Endgame
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-13-2009, 02:52 PM
  2. Relearning Old Lessons
    By SWJED in forum Training & Education
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-26-2006, 09:58 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •