The Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) represents a well thought-out research effort that culminated with seven framework objectives that, collectively, would move us toward a comprehensive, 3D (diplomacy/development/defense) approach to how the US would conduct stabilization assistance in the future. Although none of the seven objectives are new and many have been examined in rigorous concept development and experimentation over the past decade, the results have not been transitioned from recommendations to programs of record. As a result, the SAR, and all the research that has underpinned these objectives, along with the support of the Departments of State, Defense, and USAID, represent an historic opportunity to move aggressively toward a whole-of-government approach to addressing this critical national security challenge. It is also clear that the mission, diversity, and history of the Army’s Civil Affairs community suggests they should play a leading role in the planning and implementation of our next generation stabilization assistance efforts.
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