ISSUE. The State of multinational operations in Afghanistan after 2014.
Discussion. After 2014, will NATO continue in AFG or is it more likely to shift to a ‘Coalition of the willing’ and why?
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, will have a continued presence in Afghanistan after 2014. Their presence will continue to cultivate the development of democratization and human rights, allay the fears of the Afghanistan people, and send a message to armed oppositions that Afghanistan will not be abandoned.
Provided that NATO and the international community do not prematurely pull out of Afghanistan, fail to provide necessary resources or continued training, the Afghan National Security Force, or …show more content…
Recommendation: I recommend the Lead Nation Command Structure be used by NATO with a few adjustments. As NATO members begin to pull out of Afghanistan in 2014, NATO can adjust the command structure to cover down on gaps that may possibly occur. Remaining members of NATO can increase their areas of responsibilities and permit non-NATO countries currently in Afghanistan to fill gaps and expand their own roles. As the Afghan Security forces develop their combat proficiency, they can assume greater responsibility throughout the regions. a. Advantages: The advantage of the proposed command structure is that it will allow the combined joint task force, or CJTF, “flexibility and means to generate forces at short notice, with appropriate command and control arrangements” (NATO,CJTF). Additionally, it permits the political agendas of each participating nation to be met, while providing synchronization and integration of all forces into the overall operation. According to JP 3-16, an integrated staff will “allow the commander to draw upon the expertise of [an allied or coalition partners] in areas where the lead nation may have less experience”. What's more, by utilizing an integrative staff, the commander brings in the knowledge and expertise of each nation’s capabilities; their weapons systems, their logistics, their communications systems, and their planning methods.