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Operation Iraqi Freedom: decisive war, elusive peace

Operation Iraqi Freedom: decisive war, elusive peace

Perry, Walter L., editor; Rohn, Laurinda L., editor; Sollinger, Jerry M., editor; Darilek, Richard E., editor

Soon after Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) began in March 2003, RAND Arroyo Center began compiling an authoritative account of the planning and execution of combat and stability operations in Iraq through 2004 in order to identify key issues that could affect Army plans, operational concepts, doctrine, and other Title 10 functions. The resulting analysis, completed in January 2006, will interest those involved in organizing, training, and equipping military forces to plan for, deploy to, participate in, and support joint and multinational operations. Although focused primarily on Army forces and activities, the analysis also describes aspects of joint and multinational operations. RAND analysts collected the information in this report from many sources, including unit after-action reports, compilations of lessons learned, official databases, media reports, other contemporary records, and interviews with key participants in OIF. This report presents a broad overview of the study findings based on unclassified source material. It traces the operation from its root causes in the first Gulf War through operations up to approximately the end of June 2004. It addresses strategy, planning, and organization for OIF; air and ground force operations; personnel, deployment, and logistics issues; coalition operations; the occupation that followed combat operations; and civil military operations. Also, because the research conducted for this report covers events only through June 2004, events that occurred after that date would alter some of the conclusions and recommendations. In other cases, some recommendations might already have been implemented in whole or in part. Nevertheless, the report's recommendations are provided as they were originally formulated

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Published Santa Monica : Rand Corporation 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Walter L. Perry, Richard E. Darilek, Laurinda L. Rohn, Jerry M. Sollinger, editors
ISBN: 0833041924, 0833093657, 9780833041920, 9780833093653
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-414).
Note: Online resource; title from PDF cover page (RAND, viewed January 8, 2016).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xli, 414 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Subject: Iraq.; Iraq War (2003-2011); Evaluation.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 Evaluation.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Summary.
  2. Introduction.
  3. Genesis of the war.
  4. Planning the war and the transition to peace.
  5. Land operations.
  6. Air operations.
  7. Why the Iraqi resistance was so weak.
  8. Managing the war.
  9. The aftermath: civilian planning efforts and the occupation of Iraq.
  10. Mobilization, deployment, and sustainment in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  11. Conclusions and recommendations.
  12. Bibliography.