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Organisations, Innovation and Security in the Twenty-First Century.

Grant reference: RES-071-27-0069

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Military adaptation in Afghanistan
When NATO took charge of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan in 2003, ISAF conceptualized its mission largely as a stabilization and reconstruction deployment. However, as the campaign has evolved and the insurgency has proved to more resistant and capable, key operational imperatives have emerged, including military support to the civilian development effort, closer partnering with Afghan security forces, and greater military restraint. All participating militaries have adapted, to varying extents, to these campaign imperatives and pressures. This book analyzes these initiatives and their outcomes by focusing on the experiences of three groups of militaries: those of Britain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the US, which have faced the most intense operational and strategic pressures; Germany, who's troops have faced the greatest political and cultural constraints; and the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Taliban, who have been forced to adapt to a very different sets of circumstances.

Primary contributor

Editor Theo Farrell

Additional contributors

Editor Frans Osinga
Editor James A. Russell

Additional details

Stanford University Press
01 July 2013
Palo Alto, CA

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Farrell, Theo et al Editor (2013) Military adaptation in Afghanistan. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.


Farrell Theo et al (Editor). Military adaptation in Afghanistan. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press; 2013.