ABSTRACT

Revisiting CORDS: The Need for Unity of Effort to Secure Victory in Iraq   [open pdf - 2MB]

"According to the National Strategy, weekly strategy sessions at the highest levels of the U.S. Government ensure that Iraq remains a top priority. […]. The multitracked approach (political, security, and economic) to counterinsurgency in Iraq has historical parallels with the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) program of the Vietnam War era. Established in 1967, CORDS partnered civilian and military entities engaged in pacification of Vietnamese rural areas. The program enhanced rural security and local political and economic development and helped defeat the Viet Cong (VC) insurgency. Significantly, CORDS unified the efforts of the pacification entities by establishing unity of command throughout the combined civil-military organization. Lack of unity of effort is perhaps the most significant impediment to operational-level interagency action today. The victorious conditions the National Strategy describes might be unachievable if the interagency entities present in Iraq do not achieve unity of effort. To help achieve unity of effort, Multi-National Force--Iraq (MNF-I) and the Nation should consider adopting a CORDS-like approach to ensure integrated action and victory."

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2006-03
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Small Wars Center of Excellence: http://www.smallwars.quantico.usmc.mil/
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Military Review (March-April 2006), p. 24-34
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