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Sunday, March 4, 2018

JCISFA Quarterly February 2018

The JCISFA Quarterly is now posted online. This February 2018 issue by the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance has a wealth of information about the Security Force Assistance (SFA) mission. Access to the newsletter requires login.

JCISFA is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) controlled activity that reports to the Joint  Staff J7, Joint Force Development. JCISFA supports the integration of Security Force Assistance (SFA) capabilities into the current and future Joint Force in order to advance joint warfighting capability.

Some of the articles in this issue:

"Building the Ready Bench"
"JISFA Attends CENTCOM Training Conference"
"Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson Visits JCISFA"
"Aviation Security Cooperation Works to Advance Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power"
"Security Force Assistance in the 2017 National Security Strategy"
"Foreign Policy Advisor Visits JCISFA"

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ATP 3-05.2 Foreign Internal Defense (FID) August 2015

The Army has released an updated version of Army Techniques Publication (ATP) 3-05.2, Foreign Internal Defense, August 2015. This version supersedes the September 2011 version. This 218 page publication is full of important information for advisors conducting Foreign Internal Defense (or Security Force Assistance) in a host nation. The proponent of ATP 3-05.2 is the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence, USAJFKSWCS. ATP 3-05.2 provides the U.S. Army commanders and staffs information on the concept of planning and conducting foreign internal defense (FID). This publication describes the fundamentals, activities, and considerations involved in the planning and execution of FID throughout the full range of military operations, and it emphasizes FID as a strategic policy option. The pub serves as the doctrinal foundation for Army FID doctrine, force integration, material acquisition, professional education, and individual and unit training.

Chapter 1 - Overview
Chapter 2 - Organization and Responsibilities
Chapter 3 - Planning
Chapter 4 - Training
Chapter 5 - Employment Considerations
Chapter 6 - Operations
Chapter 7 - Redeployment
Annex A - Legal, Regulatory, and Policy Considerations
Annex B - Internal Defense and Development Strategy
Annex C - Intelligence Support Operations
Annex D - Illustrative Interagency Plan
Annex E - Security Assistance
Annex F- Site Survey, Trainer, and Advisor Checklists

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Recent Reports, Papers and Pubs on Afghanistan

DoD, Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in AfghanistanJune 2015. The '1225 report' is replacing the '1230 report'. This bi-annual report covers December 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. The report has a description of the strategy of the U.S. in regards to Afghanistan, current and anticipated threat assessment, as well as specific information about the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Info includes a description and assessment of the size, structure, strategy, budget, and financing of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

Paper on Governance in Kandahar. Ashley Jackson has penned a paper entitled Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: The case of KandaharWorking Paper 34, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), July 2015.

Why the ANDSF Will Not Hold. M. Chris Mason has penned a paper entitled The Strategic Lessons Unlearned from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Why the Afghan National Security Forces Will Not Hold, and the Implications for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, 25 June 2015. Posted on the PKSOI website by the Strategic Studies Institute and the U.S. Army War College Press. (236 pages, PDF). This paper (really a book) is a must read if you are a current or future advisor in Afghanistan!

CSIS Paper on Afghan Combat Trends. Anthony H. Cordsman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) has a paper out entitled Key Combat Trends in Afghanistan: Violence vs. Population, May 18, 2015.

Spring Edition of ParametersThe U.S. Army War College quarterly Parameters has been published. Not too much about Afghanistan except for a review of the book by LTG Daniel Bolger - Why We Lost.

Special Edition of SOLLIMS Sampler. The July 2015 periodical has a number of Afghan-relevant articles in its Cross-Cutting Guidelines for Stability Operations issue. (PKSOI, Jul 2015).

U.S. National Military Strategy pub released. The DoD blueprint for how the military will use its forces to protect and advance U.S. national and security interests was released in early July 2015.

SIGAR Audit on RoL in Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has published a 58-page audit on RoL entitled Rule of Law in Afghanistan: U.S. Agencies Lack a Strategy and Cannot Fully Determine the Effectiveness of Programs Costing More Than $1 Billion, SIGAR 15-68 Audit Report, July 2015.

DoD Law of War Manual (June 2015)

Rule of Law advisors and military lawyers working in Afghanistan may be interested in a recent publication released by the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Defense. The Department of Defense Law of War Manual dated June 2015 is available at the link below. It is 1206 pages of lawyerspeak!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Guide - "Civil-Military-Police Language Guide"

This publication - a language guide for those personnel working in conflict zones provided by the Australian Civil-Military Centre - is ideal for those working in the military, police, humanitarian, or development sectors in Afghanistan. There are many different 'cultures' in Afghanistan. The first and most obvious is the Afghan culture. But also important are the differing cultures within the international community working in Afghanistan - from the military of Resolute Support, the police trainers of EUPOL, or the many humanitarian workers belonging to the hundreds of international organizations working in the development, government, and humanitarian sectors. The document is 80 pages long and worth taking a look at. An abstract from the introduction is provided below.
"The civil-military-police community is as diverse as it is broad. It contains a wide range of actors who employ varying methodologies, use a variety of techniques, utilize unique equipment and often pursue different objectives in service of different masters. Diversity is a strength of the civil-military-police domain, although a common understanding is require between community members to realize that strength. The range of different terminology employed across the civil-military-police community can make it difficult to form a common understanding. Strategic level decision making should be driven by shared information and understandings. A Civil-Military-Police Language Guide can help ensure that information sourced from the operational level is precise, consistent and unambiguous. The demand for these qualities increase during crises."
"Civil-Military-Police Language Guide", Australian Civil-Military Centre, March 26, 2015.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pub - "Tip of the Spear"

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has published its "Tip of the Spear 2014 in Photos" issue. You can view online or download off DVIDS at the link below:

Friday, December 12, 2014

ATP 3-07.10 Advising Foreign Security Forces (Nov 14)

The Army has updated ATP 3-07.10, Advising Multi-Service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Advising Foreign Security Forces, November 1, 2014. It is a PDF file and available at the below link:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bibliography for Resolute Support

Afghan War News has compiled an "Annotated Bibliography for Resolute Support". The ISAF mission in Afghanistan will end this year. NATO will begin the Resolute Support mission in January 2015. The Resolute Support mission is primarily Security Force Assistance (with a little bit of counter-terrorism). The mission will entail training, advising, and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the Afghan Security Ministries (ASI). The link below will take you to an annotated bibliography for the Resolute Support Mission. The bibliography will be extremely helpful for advisors and staff working at the ministerial, institutional, and corps levels. The publication is an Adobe Acrobat PDF, is almost 200 pages long, and less than 3 MBs big.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JP 3-40 Countering WMD (Oct 14)

The Department of Defense has released an update to Joint Publication 3-40, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, dated 31 October 2014. The publication provides guidance and the basis for the planning and execution of military activities to counter weapons of mass destruction. It sets forth countering weapons of mass destruction doctrine to govern the activities and performance of the Armed Forces of the US in joint operations and provides the doctrinal basis for US military coordination with other US government departments and agencies and for US military involvement in multinational operations. Chapter topics include "Weapons and Associated Concerns", "Organizational and Command Relationships", "Planning", and "Execution". There is also several appendices and a glossary.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

JP 3-26 Counterterrorism, 24 Oct 2014

The Department of Defense has updated Joint Publication 3-26, Counterterrorism, 24 October 2014. The publication provides joint doctrine for planning, executing, and assessing counterterrorism operations across the range of military operations. It provides the doctrinal basis for US military coordination with other US Government departments and agencies during operations and for US military involvement in multinational operations. Chapters include "Strategic Context", "Fundamentals of Counterterrorism", "Organizing for Counterterrorism", "Command, Planning, and Assessment", and "Counterterrorism Operations". There is also a glossary.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pub - AOC, Win in a Complex World, TRADOC Pamplet 535-3-1, 7 Oct 14

Training and Doctrine Command has published TRADOC Pamplet 525-3-1, Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World 2020-2030, 7 October 2014. The AOC describes how future Army forces will prevent conflict, shape security environments, and win wars. The AOC guides future force development by identifying first order capabilities that the Army needs to support U.S. policy objectives. The pub provides the intellectual foundation and framework for learning and applying what we learn to future force development under Force 2025 and Beyond. There are four chapters in this publication.

Chapter 1. "Introduction" covers purpose, references, abbreviations and terms, relationship b/t Army doctrine and concepts, and assumptions.
Chapter 2. "Operational Context" covers continuity and change, Army's missions, threats, future operational environment, future conflict, etc.
Chapter 3. "How Future army Forces Operate". Military problem, central idea, how the Army operates, tenets, core competencies, etc.
Chapter 4. "AOC Conclusion".

Should be great Sunday morning reading for all you doctrinal Nazi's . . .  and for all others who want to know what the doctrinal experts are talking about.

Friday, January 10, 2014

ISAF Security Force Assistance Guide 2.0

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) published the ISAF Security Force Assistance Guide 2.0 (or SFA Guide) in early January 2014. This comprehensive guide book provides information on Security Force Assistance, functionally-based SFA framework, advisor selection and training, the operational environment, ISAF structure and organization, Afghan Security Institutions, ISAF SFA METL, Afghan National Security Forces (charts, organization structure, mission, etc.) and other valuable information for advisors, trainers, and mentors. Included in the guidebook is a bibliography, acronym list, organization charts, and process maps. Learn more about the SFA Guide 2.0 here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance (AREU)

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) has released the 11th Edition (2013) of the A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance. Contained within the publication is a glossary of assistance terms, extensive listing of assistance organizations, an overview of the Afghanistan system of government, and information about the provinces and districts of Afghanistan. If you are in the business of security, governance, development, counterinsurgency, or Security Force Assistance (SFA) this book will be invaluable to you.

 You can order hard copies of the 2013 edition or download the 2012 edition off the AREU website. The hardcopies cost about $20 USD or Afs 1000 with limited editions available. The electronic copy (2012) can be downloaded for free.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Publication - "The Haqqani Network" by Jeffrey Dressler (March 2012)

Jeffry Dressler, of The Institute for the Study of War, has wrote a new publication entitled "The Haqqani Network: A Strategic Threat" dated March 2012. It is in PDF format and can be accessed here. Jeffrey Dressler is a Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War and has conducted extensive research on the Afghan War.

The Haqqani Network operates in southeastern Afghanistan. Over the past several years the Haqqani Network has increased its operational capability. It enjoys sanctuary across the border in Pakistan. It also benefits from significant support from the Pakistan military and intelligence organizations.