Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations

Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations

Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations

Integrating Civilian Agencies in Stability Operations

Synopsis

In a project entitled “Integrating the Interagency in Planning for Army Stability Operations,” RAND Arroyo Center examined the question of how the Army can help make key civilian agencies more capable partners in the planning and execution of stability, security, transition, and reconstruction (SSTR) operations. The authors identify the primary and secondary civilian agencies that should be involved in strategic-level planning and implementation of SSTR operations. Then, relying on available information on Provincial Reconstruction Teams and using a variety of federal databases, the authors identify the skill sets needed for the envisioned Field Advance Civilian Teams and where these skills reside in the federal government. The authors then assess the capacity of the main civilian agencies to participate in SSTR operations and analyze the recurring structural problems that have plagued their attempts to do so. The authors suggest a series of options that are worth considering in order to improve the current situation. Even without much action at the national level, the Army can still improve the situation by improving Army Civil Affairs and by executing a well-thought-out strategy of liaison officers assigned to the civilian agencies most important for SSTR operations.

Excerpt

This report documents the results of a project entitled “Integrating the Interagency in Planning for Army Stability Operations.” the project aimed to identify the key U.S. government agencies with capabilities that can augment Army assets in stability operations, assess their readiness to participate in interagency planning and execution of these operations, and provide options to Army leadership in making key civilian agencies more capable partners to the Army.

The report should be of interest to those concerned with stability operations and, more specifically, to military personnel and civilians who are interested in the development of greater collaborative interagency capacity for planning and conducting stability and reconstruction operations. the information cutoff date for this document was November 2007. a draft version of this report was provided to the sponsor in December 2007. the report was reviewed, revised, and updated selectively in July 2008. the report was cleared for public release in April 2009.

This research was sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army, and was conducted within rand Arroyo Center’s Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program. rand Arroyo Center, part of the rand Corporation, is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Army.

The Project Unique Identification Code (PUIC) for the project that produced this document is DAMOC07488.

For comments or further information, please contact the project leader, Thomas Szayna (telephone 310-393-0411, extension 7758, e-mail: Thomas_Szayna@rand.org).

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