Afghanistan: How We Got to Where We Are, An In-Theater Perspective
A change of command ceremony is conducted for Task Force Helmand NATO forces at Forward Operating Base Lashkar Gah in the Helmand province of Afghanistan (Photo: USMC)




LTC Donald C. Bolduc
U.S. Army

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This USAWC AY09 resident course student Strategy Research Project (SRP) paper examines how poor administration and organization of the political and military effort in Afghanistan in the past has resulted in a lack of unity of command and unity of purpose. This in turn has contributed to an unstable political and military environment and thereby increased to the difficulties associated with addressing the challenges of creating and then maintaining a stable, safe, and secure environment for the people of Afghanistan. The SRP concludes with specific recommendations to better organize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and International Security Assistance Force political and military effort in order for the NATO mission to succeed in Afghanistan.

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This paper looked at NATO In-Theater issues; to access a related SRP paper, examing U.S. national strategy and policy in Afghanistan: A Historical Case Study of U.S. Strategy Towards Afghanistan

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