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Accession Number ADA592648
Title From Hard to Harder: Iraq Retrograde Lessons for Afghanistan.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 44p
Personal Author D. Banian
Abstract The U.S. Army and DoD have been conducting redeployment and retrograde operations from both Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 11 years. Both Iraq and Afghanistan are unique with their own geographical, operational, and political challenges resulting on different lessons learned. However, many lessons from the Iraq withdrawal are being applied in Afghanistan. This paper will review the joint redeployment/retrograde lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. The author proposes five recommendations to support the retrograde from Afghanistan, including: increase divesting opportunities, increase the rate of base closure, increase the monthly retrograde velocity goals, plan for a location to store residual equipment post 2014, and synchronize JOPES retrograde timelines with the commercial contract system for a coordinated retrograde common operating system. The author offers three recommendation from the retrograde lessons learned for potential application to Army 2020.
Keywords Afghanistan conflict
Command and control systems
Enduring freedom operation
Iraqi freedom operation
Iraqi war
Lessons learned
Military equipment
Military forces(United states)
New dawn operation
Retrograde operations
Troop drawdown timelines

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Civilian research project.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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