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Greta’s Links–After Saddam: Prewar Planning and Occupation of Iraq

Rand has finally been able to release its report “After Saddam: Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq.”

This report examined activities through June 2004 and part of an “eight-volume collection of reports that the RAND Arroyo Center undertook to prepare an authoritative account of the planning and execution of combat and stability operations in Iraq. Six of the volumes are classified. The other unclassified volume is being finalized.”

Abstract: “This monograph begins by examining prewar planning efforts for postwar Iraq, in order to establish what U.S. policymakers expected the postwar situation to look like and what their plans were for reconstruction. The monograph then examines the role of U.S. military forces after major combat officially ended on May 1, 2003; the analysis covers this period through the end of June 2004. Finally, the monograph examines civilian efforts at reconstruction after major combat ended, focusing on the activities of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and its efforts to rebuild structures of governance, security forces, economic policy, and essential services prior to June 28, 2004, the day that the CPA dissolved and transferred authority to the Interim Iraqi Government. The authors conclude that the U.S. government was unprepared for the challenges of postwar Iraq for three reasons: a failure to challenge fundamental assumptions about postwar Iraq; ineffective interagency coordination; and the failure to assign responsibility and resources for providing security in the immediate aftermath of major combat operations.”

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Greta’s Links–On Point II Report on OIF

The Combat Studies Institute has published its follow on operational history report looking at the US Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).


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Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom, May 2003-January 2005: On Point II: Transition to the New Campaign  [this is a 700+ page report so is a large file]

“On Point II is a comprehensive study of the US Army in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) from May 2003 to January 2005. Based on primary sources including hundreds of interviews with participants, the study examines how after May 2003 American Soldiers made the transition to a new type of campaign that featured information operations, intelligence, reconstruction, and governance rather than conventional combat. On Point II documents the US Army’s execution of Full Spectrum Operations in the early stages of this conflict.

The first On Point report “On Point: The United States Army in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM” can be found at  OR [46.6 MB file]

“On Point is a study of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) as soon after the fact as feasible. The Army leadership chartered this effort in a message to the major commands on 30 April 2003. In his guidance, Army Chief of Staff General Eric K. Shinseki directed "a quick, thorough review that looks at the US Army’s performance, assesses the role it played in the joint and coalition team, and captures the strategic, operational, and tactical lessons that should be disseminated and applied in future fights." The authors worked rapidly and diligently to capture the essential lessons of the campaign; as a result, the study is available today to help leaders at every level.”

Other Combat Studies Institute reports can be found at

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Greta’s Links–Senate Report on Prewar Iraqi Intelligence

Originally posted by Julie Arrighetti, NDU’s MERLN Librarian

The Senate Intelligence Committee has just released the final Phase II report on prewar Iraq intelligence, with particular focus on intelligence activities by the Pentagon policy office.

The report is available from Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s website at  At this site, you will find a press release from Rockefeller’s office, along with links to the two sections of the report.

From the press release:

The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, and a bipartisan majority of the Committee (10-5), today unveiled the final two sections of its Phase II report on prewar intelligence. The first report details Administration prewar statements that, on numerous occasions, misrepresented the intelligence and the threat from Iraq.

The second report details inappropriate, sensitive intelligence activities conducted by the DoD’s Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, without the knowledge of the Intelligence Community or the State Department.

“Before taking the country to war, this Administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence,” Rockefeller said. “In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed.”

“These reports represent the final chapter in our oversight of prewar intelligence. They complete the story of mistakes and failures both by the Intelligence Community and the Administration in the lead up to the war. Fundamentally, these reports are about transparency and holding our government accountable, and making sure these mistakes never happen again,” Rockefeller added.

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