Sunday, February 23, 2014

Former ISAF Cdr Says War Planning Must Improve

At a recent gathering at The Stimson Center in Washington, DC the former commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), retired General John Allen, stated that the United States military has to improve in its war planning. He points out that we start wars very well but have trouble finishing the last phase - stability operations. This lack of forward looking planning was lacking in the Afghan conflict as well. Allen served as the ISAF commander from 2011 to 2013. He shifted focus from combat operations to the Security Force Assistance model and deployed hundreds of Security Force Assistance Advisor Teams to Afghanistan to conduct SFA. Read a news brief on his comments in "Allen: US Generals Must Improve War Planning",, February 21, 2014.

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