Friends with benefits: optimizing civil affairs for future engagements

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Authors
Daniels, Clay E.
Foster, David E.
Subjects
Civil Affairs
Civil Affairs Qualification Course
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
Special Operations Education
Influence
Military Governance
Special Warfare Advanced Analysis and Targeting Course
Civil Affairs Officer Career Track
Advisors
Gregg, Heather
Date of Issue
2014-06
Date
June 2014
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
In the wake of American involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is important to reevaluate Civil Affairs, (CA) including the education and training of its personnel for future missions and conflicts. What role can CA play as an influencing force to mitigate conflict in phase 0 shaping operations? Can CA have a greater role at the operational and strategic levels? More importantly, does the force have the right training and education to meet these future challenges? This capstone argues that the notion of a solely post-conflict reconstruction mission of CA is outdated and needs to be adapted to meet modern, shaping requirements. Specifically, 1) CA is better suited to acting as an influencing force, 2) an educated, experienced, and credentialed force is necessary to maximize effectiveness and influence, and 3) a new career path for CA officers is required to maximize the influence and skills of CA’s most talented officers. To reach these goals, this capstone charts a course for CA to break out of the tactical realm and creates a path that will link CA knowledge and expertise to policy, strategy, and operations.
Type
Thesis
Description
Organization
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
Sponsors
Funder
Format
Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
Collections