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A Different Kind of War

A Different Kind of War

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A Different Kind of War: Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, 2001-2005.
A Different Kind of War: Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, 2001-2005.

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inOperation
ENDURING FREEDOM
(OEF)October 200
I-September
2005
A Different Kind
of
War
Donald
P.
Wright, Ph.D.James R. BirdSteven
E.
ClayPeter
W.
ConnorsLieutenant Colonel Scott
C.
FarquharLynn Chandler GarciaDennis Van Wey
Combat Studies Institute Press
......
US Army Combined Arms Center
...
Fort Leavenworth, KS
 
Library
of
Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
A different kind
of
war:
the United States Army in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), October 2001-September 2005
I
Donald
P.
Wright ... [et al.].
p.
cm.
1.
Afghan
War,
2001-
2.
War
on Terrorism, 2001-
3.
United States. Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan--History.
4.
United States--Armed Forces--Stability operations.
5.
United States--ArrnedForces--Civic action.
6.
United States--Armed Forces--Civil functions.
7.
Postwar reconstruction-Afghanistan.
1.
Wright, Donald
P.,
1964-II. Title.DS371.412.D542009958.104'7--dc22First printing, June 2009.2009011584CSI Press publications cover a variety
of
military history topics. The viewsexpressed in this CSI Press publication are those
of
the authors and not necessarilythose
of
the Department
of
the Army
or
the Department
of
Defense. A full list
of
CSI Press publications, many
of
them available for downloading, can
be
found athttp://usacac.army.millCAC/csi/RandPTeam.asp.The seal
of
the Combat Studies Institute authenticates this document as an official publication
of
the CSI.
It
is
prohibited to use CSI's official seal on any republication
of
this material without theexpress written permission
of
the Director
of
CSI.
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Acknowledgments
Constructing a study
of
this length and complexity was a huge task.
We
have benefitedgreatly from the large number
of
Soldiers and civilians who took the time
to
talk with
us
and share documents, insights, and encouragement. This study would have been impossibleto complete without their contributions, and for this we are deeply indebted. Because
of
thecontemporary nature
of
this history, we have relied heavily on oral interviews-approximately140 were completed for this study alone.
We
would like
to
thank each
of
those who found thetime
to
share his or her experiences with us. Additional thanks goes to those interviewees whohelped us make contact with other veterans
of
Afghanistan and to those who shared unit recordswith
us.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Ronald
E.
Corkran was particularly helpful in sitting forseveral interviews and in providing materials related to Operation ANACONDA.Since the Contemporary Operations Study Team was established
at
the Combat StudiesInstitute (CSI) in 2005, we have enjoyed the support
of
General (Retired) William
S.
Wallace,General David
H.
Petraeus, and Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell
IV.
As
commanders
of
the Combined Arms Center, these senior officers made the creation
of
ambitious historicalstudies like
A Different
Kind
of
War
possible. All three have served
as
sponsors
of
this projectbecause
of
their strong belief in the obligation to examine and seek insights from the Army'sexperiences
in
Iraq and Afghanistan. General George
W.
Casey Jr., the Chief
of
Staff
of
theAnny, also reinforced the Army's interest
in
the contemporary history
of
these campaigns andserved
as
a proponent
of
the team's efforts.
We
would like
to
extend special thanks to the historians and archivists who worked closelywith
us
in our research. At the US Army Center
of
Military History,
Mr.
Frank Shirer,
Dr.
Chris Koontz, and Ms. Dena Everett were especially helpful in providing key documents
to
us from their growing collection. Lieutenant Colonel Scotty Dawson (USMC), the commandhistorian at
US
Central Command, welcomed our team and offered assistance in the collection
of
unit records.
Mr.
Doug Cubbison, the 10th Mountain Division command historian,provided our team with a wealth
of
documentation about that division's multiple deploymentsto Afghanistan. Ms. Donna Tabor, the
US
Army XVIII Airborne Corps historian, assisted byscheduling interviews and making available critical materials about the operations
of
the 82dAirborne Division
in
Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Dr.
John Lonnquest, the historianfor the US Anny Corps
of
Engineers, was instrumental in providing documents and helping
us
understand the Army's large-scale reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.Closer
to
home, Mr. Les Grau
of
the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworthoffered key insights into the Soviet experience in Afghanistan and early US operations
in
2001 and 2002. The work
of
Mr.
John McCool,
Dr.
Ren Lessard, and Ms. Colette Kiszka
of
the Operational Leadership Experience, CSI, expanded our understanding
of
operations inAfghanistan.A number
of
individuals reviewed early drafts
of
this study and we are in debt to all
of
themfor their comments. Lieutenant General (Retired) David
W.
Barno and Lieutenant General(Retired) Karl
W.
Eikenberry made time to carefully read our work and offer important recommendations.
Dr.
Richard Stewart, the Chief Historian
of
the Army,
Dr.
Alexander Cochran,Historical Advisor to the
Chief
of
Staff
of
the Army, and
Dr.
Britt McCarley, the command
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