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Decisionmaking in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: Removing Saddam Hussein by Force

Decisionmaking in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: Removing Saddam Hussein by Force

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SSI started this project in an effort to give leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces some important insights into how military advice was provided to the Nation’s civilian leadership during the many years—including the months before the invasion—of the war in Iraq. Dr. Metz starts this series with an impressive review of the decision to remove Saddam Hussein by force. The Strategic Studies Institute hopes that this and the succeeding monographs will generate debate on just how the United States made decisions—some of them disastrous—about Iraq. The resulting better understanding of the decisions should lead to strengthening of the processes—where appropriate—so that the military and civilian leadership forge better decisions in the future.
SSI started this project in an effort to give leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces some important insights into how military advice was provided to the Nation’s civilian leadership during the many years—including the months before the invasion—of the war in Iraq. Dr. Metz starts this series with an impressive review of the decision to remove Saddam Hussein by force. The Strategic Studies Institute hopes that this and the succeeding monographs will generate debate on just how the United States made decisions—some of them disastrous—about Iraq. The resulting better understanding of the decisions should lead to strengthening of the processes—where appropriate—so that the military and civilian leadership forge better decisions in the future.

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STRATEGICSTUDIESINSTITUTE
The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is part of the U.S. Army War College andis the strategic level study agent for issues related to national security andmilitary strategy with emphasis on geostrategic analysis.The mission of SSI is to use independent analysis to conduct strategicstudies that develop policy recommendations on:• Strategy, planning and policy for joint and combinedemployment of military forces;• Regional strategic appraisals;• The nature of land warfare;• Matters affecting the Army’s future;• The concepts, philosophy, and theory of strategy; and• Other issues of importance to the leadership of the Army.Studies produced by civilian and military analysts concern topics havingstrategic implications for the Army, the Department of Defense, and thelarger national security community.In addition to its studies, SSI publishes special reports on topics of specialor immediate interest. These include edited proceedings of conferences andtopically-orientated roundtables, expanded trip reports, and quick reactionresponses to senior Army leaders.The Institute provides a valuable analytical capability within the Armyto address strategic and other issues in support of Army participation innational security policy formulation.
 
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Key DecisionsMonograph SeriesDECISIONMAKING INOPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM:REMOVING SADDAM HUSSEIN BY FORCESteven MetzJohn R. MartinExecutive EditorFebruary 2010
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*****This monograph is the rst in a series that discussesdecisionmaking during the conduct of Operation IRAQIFREEDOM.
ISBN 1-58487-426-0

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