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Toward Making Practice More Perfect in Stability Operations
 
A Master Sergeant assigned to the Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team hands out school supplies to students in Gulbahar, Afghanistan (US Army photo).  

 

TOWARD MAKING PRACTICE MORE PERFECT IN STABILITY OPERATIONS:
A CRITIQUE OF APPENDIX F, PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAMS, TO FM 3-07, STABILITY OPERATIONS

Lieutenant Colonel George McDonnell

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

The publication of Army Field Manual 3-07, Stability Operations, in October 2008 signaled that a large category of missions characterized as neither strictly offensive nor defensive operations are a recognized part of the Army charter. The author examines Appendix F, Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT), as a significant attempt to codify an apparently successful Operation ENDURING FREEDOM initiative. He argues that as a doctrine to establish "a common frame of reference ... that Army leaders use to solve military problems" the appendix is weakened by omissions and ambiguity and therefore falls short in promoting "mutual understanding and in enhanc[ing] effectiveness."

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