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Introduction: Military Adaptation in War

Chapter


Abstract


  • The current war in Afghanistan has been ongoing now for almost a decade.

    How have Western states and militaries adapted to the challenges of this war?

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) took charge of the International

    Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan in 2003 , and gradually

    expanded ISAF out from Kabul to the provinces from 2004 to 2006 . Most of

    the European partners in ISAF conceptualized the mission their forces would

    conduct not as war at all, nor even counterinsurgency (COIN), but as a stabilization

    and reconstruction, only to find out that in Afghanistan this might actually

    require significant combat. How have their armed forces and the political

    leadership reacted? As ISAF expanded into the south and east of Afghanistan,

    it encountered a far more resistant and capable insurgency than had been anticipated.

    How did NATO and its member states respond? And as the campaign

    has evolved, key operational imperatives have clearly emerged, including military

    support to the civilian development effort, closer partnering with Afghan

    security forces, and greater military restraint. How have the different militaries

    in ISAF adapted in response to these imperatives?

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Farrell, T. (2013). Introduction: Military Adaptation in War. In T. Farrell, F. Osinga & J. A. Russell (Eds.), Military Adaptation in Afghanistan (pp. 1-23). Stanford, United States: Stanford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780804785884

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3533

Book Title


  • Military Adaptation in Afghanistan

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 23

Place Of Publication


  • Stanford, United States

Abstract


  • The current war in Afghanistan has been ongoing now for almost a decade.

    How have Western states and militaries adapted to the challenges of this war?

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) took charge of the International

    Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan in 2003 , and gradually

    expanded ISAF out from Kabul to the provinces from 2004 to 2006 . Most of

    the European partners in ISAF conceptualized the mission their forces would

    conduct not as war at all, nor even counterinsurgency (COIN), but as a stabilization

    and reconstruction, only to find out that in Afghanistan this might actually

    require significant combat. How have their armed forces and the political

    leadership reacted? As ISAF expanded into the south and east of Afghanistan,

    it encountered a far more resistant and capable insurgency than had been anticipated.

    How did NATO and its member states respond? And as the campaign

    has evolved, key operational imperatives have clearly emerged, including military

    support to the civilian development effort, closer partnering with Afghan

    security forces, and greater military restraint. How have the different militaries

    in ISAF adapted in response to these imperatives?

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Farrell, T. (2013). Introduction: Military Adaptation in War. In T. Farrell, F. Osinga & J. A. Russell (Eds.), Military Adaptation in Afghanistan (pp. 1-23). Stanford, United States: Stanford University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780804785884

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3533

Book Title


  • Military Adaptation in Afghanistan

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 23

Place Of Publication


  • Stanford, United States