Volume 2, Issue 1, October 2009      
The Director’s corner

Col John Kardos director PKSOI

One year ago, we introduced this Bulletin with the near simultaneous release of the U.S. Army's FM 3-07, Stability Operations. Each quarterly edition since that time explored a particular theme that we believed would highlight or educate the peace and stability operations community while we absorbed and began implementation of our new military doctrine. To start the second year of the Bulletin, we decided to focus on "Mainstreaming Stability Operations." However, as our authors began to submit their work it became apparent that as a community we are still defining what that means with little consensus concerning how we best accomplish this.

Does "mainstreaming" stability operations demand changes to the way we (U.S. Army, U.S. military, U.S. government) do business? Is transformational change required or is it sufficient to simply "work at the margins"? What needs to be changed? (Force structure? Doctrine? Training? Leader evelopment and education?) Can we—should we—identify specific leader and/or functional competencies that are necessary or unique to conducting stability operations? Are there programs and budgets supporting these efforts, and how do they shape the discussion? What are our near- and long-term relationships with our civilian peers in peace and stability operations endeavors?

We cannot answer all of these questions or their like in this issue. However, our authors do provide insights to add to the richness of the discussion. In two separate essays, Colonel Bryan Groves and Lieutenant Colonel Cesar Padilla share their perspectives on the proposed future of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs structure. Lieutenant Colonel David Kosinski describes some of the findings regarding interagency coordination and planning from exercise Austere Challenge 2009, and offers recommendations for the military to consider to "Bridge the Gap" with civilian agency peers.  As a companion piece written by our Tufts University interns, we include a summary of observations concerning interagency collaboration from our own Stability Operations Lessons Learned Information Management System (SOLLIMS) that were gleaned from Austere Challenge 09 input and other 'open source' data. Nate Freier shares his thoughts—informed by his work related to the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)—concerning why "mainstreaming stability operations" may be so difficult for the U.S. Army and the military in general. In addition, our book reviews for this quarter reflect on those same or similar challenges in history and in current campaigns.

Finally, we conclude with the announcement of the recently released Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction, developed collaboratively by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and PKSOI. Published one year after the release of the U.S. Army’s FM 3-07, Stability Operations, the "Guiding Principles" present the first-ever, comprehensive set of shared principles for building sustainable peace in societies emerging from violent conflict. The manual serves as a tool for U.S. government civilian planners and practitioners who are engaged in stabilization and reconstruction (S&R) and it is a valuable resource for international actors and nongovernmental organizations. Today, civilian actors operate without the support of any unifying framework or common set of principles to guide their actions in these complex environments. As global demand for these missions continues to rise, this gap will impede the cooperation and cohesion that is needed across the peacebuilding community to ensure success of any S&R mission. This publication seeks to fill this gap, and in doing so the "Guiding Principles" and FM 3-07 effectively complement each other.  

By next quarter, we can expect the QDR report to be available. We will explore its directives and its impact on peace and stability operations in our next Bulletin.

In This Issue

by Col. Bryan Groves
Book Release
by LTC Dave Kosinski
Colonel Scott Wuestner in Afghanistan
by LTC Cesar Padilla
by Major Tom Kinton
by Mr. Nathan Freier
by Elena L. Brineman
by Mr. Dan French

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