By Terrence K. Kelly
Protection strength information (SFA) is a primary pillar of the counterinsurgency crusade being waged via U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. This monograph analyzes SFA efforts in Afghanistan over the years, files U.S. and overseas techniques to construction the Afghan strength from 2001 to 2009, and offers observations and proposals that emerged from large fieldwork in Afghanistan in 2009 and their implications for the U.S. military.
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The 10th Mountain Division, which was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan during the summer of 2003, was assigned to take on this mission and to develop a plan for advising Afghan forces through embedded training teams (ETTs). Basic training would be provided at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC), and ETTs would then join their kandaks (battalions) and brigades to prepare them to conduct operations. S. 30 ETTs reported to Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, a joint task force that was established in May 2003.
21 However, these programs were designed for peacetime environments; their process for selling equipment and providing training is complex and requires much cooperation between the Departments of State and Defense. S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-05-575, p. 16. 20 Mitch Frank, “Afghan Boot Camp,” Time, August 18, 2002. S. military officer involved in early ANA training efforts, September 2009. 22 Despite the fact that training and equipping efforts were under way, questions about the ultimate size and shape of the ANA remained unanswered during the first year after the fall of the Taliban.
5 For much of the past three decades, ethnic and political groups competed for economic advantage (licit and illicit). S. Central Command (CENTCOM) as part of a project to assess the ANSF. This text is an edited version of that which also appeared in a RAND Project Memorandum for CENTCOM by Terrence Kelly et al. ” 2 Stephen Tanner, Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban, revised edition, New York: Da Capo Press, 2009. : RAND Corporation, MG-1078-A, forthcoming.
Security Force Assistance in Afghanistan: Identifying Lessons for Future Efforts by Terrence K. Kelly