Mission incomplete the U.S. Army's unsuccessful implementation of stability operations in Iraq
Kosters, Daniel L.
Dombroski, Kenneth R.
Russell, James A.
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The United States Army has struggled to implement the stability operations doctrine of its counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq. Despite the emphasis in national strategic guidance documents and written Army field manuals, stability operations continue to evade the Army as a major priority. This thesis seeks to answer: Why has the Army, as an organization, had such a difficult time implementing stability operations? Additionally, this thesis attempts to determine whether the Army made its best attempt to implement stability operations in Iraq between 2003 and 2007. Chapter II reviews the Army's history and its struggle to acknowledge irregular conflicts as important as conventional war. Chapter III then evaluates stability operations implementation in Iraq between 2003 and 2007 in a case study. Finally, Chapter IV concludes with recommendations for the organization in implementing stability operations in the future.
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