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Accession Number ADA592906
Title US Army and Future Security Force Assistance Operations.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 48p
Personal Author T. J. McAteer
Abstract al-Qaeda and its affiliates remain a threat to the US and US interests abroad. Their consistent expansion into failed and failing states and other ungoverned regions creates potential safe havens from which the organization can plan and prepare future operations. This paper proposes that Security Force Assistance (SFA) operations represent an enduring approach to denying safe haven to transnational terror organizations like al-Qaeda, by developing the capabilities of partner nation security forces to control activities within their borders and secure their populations. SFA also presents an opportunity for increased employment of Regionally Aligned, US Army Conventional Forces in support of security cooperation efforts. This paper provides a summary of the threat and the conditions of failing states and safe havens. It addresses the recent evolution of SFA doctrine, guidance and authorities, and the role of interagency cooperation related to the future operating environment and security assistance missions. The paper argues that SFA is a relevant military approach and not at odds with historic foreign military assistance efforts. It concludes with recommendations for organizing and training Conventional Force SFA units.
Keywords Al-qaeda
Army raf
Failing states
Global security contingency fund
Interagency coordination
Military doctrine
Military forces(Foreign)
Military forces(United states)
Military operations
Military training
National security
Raf(Regionally aligned forces)
Safe havens
Sec1206 ndaa
Sfa doctrine
Sfa(Security force assistance)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Civilian research project.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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