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Tell Me How This Ends : Military Advice, Strategic Goals, and the "Forever War" in Afghanistan.

Author: Mark F Cancian
Publisher: Blue Ridge Summit : Center for Strategic & International Studies, 2019.
Series: CSIS report.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After 18 years post-9/11, the United States is still in Afghanistan having achieved at best a stalemate. This CSIS report concludes that the mission in Afghanistan expanded from a limited focus on counterterrorism to a broad nation-building effort without discussions about the implications for the duration and intensity of the military campaign.
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Cancian, Mark F.
Tell Me How This Ends : Military Advice, Strategic Goals, and the "Forever War" in Afghanistan.
Blue Ridge Summit : Center for Strategic & International Studies, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark F Cancian
ISBN: 144228126X 9781442281264
OCLC Number: 1113922103
Description: 1 online resource (57 pages)
Contents: Intro; Tell Me How This Ends; Contents; Executive Summary; 1 | Introduction --
18 Years of Unexpected War; 2 | Why It Matters --
High Costs and Unsatisfactory Outcome; Down from Peak Intensity but Still Going; After 18 Years a Stalemate ... at Best; Long Wars Are Not a U.S. Strength; It's Not All Bad; Were the Benefits Worth the Cost?; 3 | End States Drive the Military Effort; Limited Initial Objectives; The 2002-2004 Shift; When "No Nation-Building" Is Nation-Building; A Classic Case of Mission Creep; A Shift to Help Peace Negotiations?; Using Military Forces for Nation-Building Political and Cultural Transformation Is a Multi-Generational EffortThe Void in Military Doctrine: FM 3-24 Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies and Other Joint Publications; Is There Any Real Choice About End States?; 4 | The Effect of Nation-Building on Military Advice; A Long War but No Timeline; Continuing Requests for More Troops; Repeated Statements About Progress; 5 | Superpower Hubris --
This Time Will Be Different; Ignoring How Others May See Us; Ignoring the Soviet Experience; Ignoring the History of Occupations; Ignoring the History of Afghanistan; Ignoring Why the Taliban Fight 6 | Should the Military Be Offering Strategic Advice About Goals and End States?7 | Recommendations --
Eyes Wide Open; Create a Dialogue Between Senior Military and Civilian Leaders About Goals and End States; Require More Clarity from Civilian Officials: Update AUMFs; Continue to Develop Military Strategists; Take Seriously the History and Experience of Others; Revise Doctrine Manuals to Include a Discussion of End States; About the Author
Series Title: CSIS report.

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After 18 years post-9/11, the United States is still in Afghanistan having achieved at best a stalemate. This CSIS report concludes that the mission in Afghanistan expanded from a limited focus on counterterrorism to a broad nation-building effort without discussions about the implications for the duration and intensity of the military campaign.

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