After Saddam: Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq by Nora Bensahel, Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Richard R. Brennan,

By Nora Bensahel, Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Richard R. Brennan, HEather S. Gregg

This monograph examines prewar making plans efforts for the reconstruction of postwar Iraq. It then examines the function of U.S. army forces after significant wrestle formally ended on could 1, 2003, via June 2004. eventually, it examines civilian efforts at reconstruction, concentrating on the actions of the Coalition Provisional Authority and its efforts to rebuild buildings of governance, defense forces, monetary coverage, and crucial companies.

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S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. Postal Service World Food Program World Health Organization Weapons of Mass Destruction xxxvii CHAPTER ONE Introduction After more than 15 months of planning, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) commenced in March 2003. Major combat operations in Iraq lasted approximately three weeks, but stabilization efforts in that country are, as of this writing, ongoing. S. S. Marine Corps are increasingly taxed by the demands of the continuing insurgency, with more than 100,000 troops expected to remain in Iraq for the foreseeable future.

Some of these ideas seem quite prescient in retrospect. Why, then, were they not incorporated into the planning process? As part of a larger study of OIF, RAND Arroyo Center examined prewar planning for postwar Iraq and the subsequent occupation, and drew lessons and recommendations from the Iraq experience. S. civilian planning was driven by a particular set of assumptions, held by senior policymakers throughout the government, about the conditions that would emerge after major combat and what would be required thereafter.

340–341. The “Lines and Slices” matrix developed by General Franks in December 2001—which is reproduced in his book on p. 340—remained the foundation for campaign planning for OIF. As late as April 2003, CFLCC referenced a more refined variant of this template when it published a draft of OPLAN ECLIPSE II. Military Planning Efforts 7 II was designed to “shape the battlespace” before ground operations were initiated. ” Finally, Franks briefed his overarching concept for Phase IV, “post hostility operations,” arguing that this phase would be the longest—“years, not months” in duration.

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