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Extra info for After Saddam: Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq
43 The sentiment expressed by both Generals Shinseki and Wallace has also been echoed by L. Paul Bremer, the administrator for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). On October 4, 2004, Bremer stated that the United States made two major mistakes in Iraq: not deploying a sufficient number of troops and not adequately controlling the looting and lawlessness that ensued in the immediate aftermath of major combat operations. ”44 In an ____________ 41 Interview with James Fallows for Frontline: The Invasion of Iraq.
But the more crucial significance of these basic lessons comes at the level of military and strategic planning. Clearly these lessons produce a very different view of the military planning process than the one for OIF. Military planners must start with a view of the desired outcome of the war—not the outcome of major conflict, but the creation of the desired political circumstances that signal the real end of the war. They must do so both because their forces, and especially forces on the ground, will be intimately involved in creating those circumstances, and because the way in which military action unfolds will heavily shape the way the rest of the war unfolds.
4 Franks, pp. 340–341. The “Lines and Slices” matrix developed by General Franks in December 2001—which is reproduced in his book on p. 340—remained the foundation for campaign planning for OIF. As late as April 2003, CFLCC referenced a more refined variant of this template when it published a draft of OPLAN ECLIPSE II. Military Planning Efforts 7 II was designed to “shape the battlespace” before ground operations were initiated. ” Finally, Franks briefed his overarching concept for Phase IV, “post hostility operations,” arguing that this phase would be the longest—“years, not months” in duration.
After Saddam: Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq by Nora Bensahel, Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Richard R. Brennan, HEather S. Gregg