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2 Panels Cite U.S. Problems in Stabilizing After Combat

Two new studies by independent panels are harshly critical of the way the United States government prepares for stabilization missions after major combat, such as in Iraq, and they place the blame on an interagency process that does little to harness the various departments and agencies for unified action. One study, released Wednesday by the Council on Foreign Relations, lays out a series of steps that should be taken by the military and the government in order to plan for the postwar period with the same degree of seriousness given to planning for war. Another report, to be released today by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, proposes measures to assure that efforts of all government departments be coordinated and more effective – similar to the way the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 ordered the four armed services to move toward joint military operations. Full Story

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