Monday, March 29, 2010
Afghan Provincial Protection Force Program (AP3) Still Ongoing; Future is in Question
One of the endeavors that is working right in Afghanistan is the Afghan Provincial Protection Force Program (otherwise known as AP3). This is essentially a locally-grown militia group that is provided some weapons, equipment and money by coalition forces. In many instances they are more effective than the corrupt Afghan National Police (ANP) and the sometimes ineffective Afghan National Army (ANA). The program was started and supported by U.S. Special Forces and it is still being evaluated by higher command. Some Battle Space Owners (BSOs) are reluctant to endorse or support it while others recognize its value. Read more in "Future unclear for widely-praised Afghan militias", Stars and Stripes, March 13, 2010.