Friday, March 26, 2010

Afghan Troop Deployments to Recognize Previous Afghan Experience: "Campaign Continuity" (or just plain common sense?)

The Pentagon has launched a new initiative called "Campaign Continuity".  This plan calls for sending combat units back to the same country and region of that country where it had previously deployed.  So hopefully the days of a Marine or Army unit deploying one year to Iraq, coming home for its dwell time of a year or two, and then deploying to Afghanistan are over.  The learning curve experienced by officers and NCOs going into a new country or new region of the country is just daunting.  In sending units back to where they have served before that learning curve is shortened.  It took the Pentagon a little while to figure this one out.  Read more in "U.S. Revamps Afghan Troop Deployments", The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2010.

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