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Accession Number ADA592182
Title Reconstruction Leaders' Perceptions of the Commander's Emergency Response Program in Iraq.
Publication Date Apr 2012
Media Count 46p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Since 2004, the Congress authorized almost $4 billion for the Department of Defense s (DoD) Commander s Emergency Response Program (CERP) in Iraq. The CERP s purpose was to enable commanders to respond to urgent humanitarian relief and reconstruction requirements within their areas of responsibility by carrying out programs and projects that provided immediate support to the Iraqi people. American Commanders in Iraq used CERP funds to build schools, roads, health clinics, sewers, and for non-construction projects like micro-grants to support economic development and condolence payments. The DoD viewed CERP as an important counterinsurgency tool that contributed to maintaining stability. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) previously reported on the use of CERP in Iraq, raising questions about its scope, the challenges of managing large projects, and the susceptibility of the program to fraud. SIGIR s critique were echoed by others concerns about the use of CERP to support conventional (i.e., non-counterinsurgency) stabilization and reconstruction objectives, and whether the rules and procedures in place were adequate to safeguard the program from abuse. To ascertain the utility of CERP, SIGIR disseminated a survey that solicited the insights of reconstruction personnel who used or were associated with CERP. Along with Army battalion commanders (the primary CERP users), SIGIR surveyed United States Marine Corps (USMC) battalion commanders, State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) leaders, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PRT members, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) officials. Taken together, these groups represent the primary U.S. government bodies responsible for the nomination, execution, and subsequent monitoring and evaluation of CERP projects during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Keywords Battalion level organizations
Cerp(Commander s emergency response program)
Clinical medicine
Economic development
International politics
Military commanders

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
92 - Behavior & Society
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
44 - Health Care
43A - Finance
43B - Economic & Community Development
96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
91J - Economic Studies
Corporate Author Office of the Assistant Inspector General, (DoD), Arlington, VA. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Special rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1411
Contract Number N/A

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