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Accession Number ADA564295
Title Measuring Quality of the ANSF.
Publication Date Mar 2011
Media Count 4p
Personal Author K. Gingrich M. Durkin M. Shane
Abstract As the national and international debate on progress in Afghanistan continues, many pundits are now turning their attention to the quality of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) we are producing here shoulder-to- shoulder with our Afghan counterparts rather than the quantity. This is a logical follow-on argument given the Afghan s displayed ability to achieve their 2010 growth goals early and their continued positive growth trends. But, what does quality really mean and how do we measure it. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question and critics everywhere will likely grasp at convenient, but potentially misleading, measures and use them to advance their argument. Having examined the topic of measuring the quality of Afghan forces in detail with some very capable colleagues, we offer this essay as a point of departure for the debate on quality. Our intention is not to provide empirical evidence that the Afghan Security Forces are quality forces they are but rather to show the limitations and difficulties to the use of quality as a metric. We hope to learn from the ensuing debate and use those lessons to refine our current processes.
Keywords Afghanistan
Ansf(Afghan national security forces)
International politics
National security
Operational effectiveness
Quality
Security personnel

 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92E - International Relations
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Military Operations Research Society, Alexandria, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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