Decade of War Study
The Decade of War
study is JCOA’s response to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s call
for learning the lessons of the past decade of US military operations.
To conduct the study, theDecade of War study team reviewed 46 JCOA studies
dating from the organization’s inception
in 2003 through early 2012, examining over 400 findings, observations, and best practices inorder to identify enduring lessons that can inform future joint force development.
This reportcaptures the major themes of the first phase of the study.
The study findings were vettedthrough the Joint Staff J7-sponsored Decade of War working group in May 2012; input fromworking group members was consolidated into this report. Future phases of study are plannedto identify additional issues not captured in the initial body of work.
GEN Martin E. Dempsey, CJCS, to LtGen George Flynn, “Chairman Direction to J7,” official letter, 6 October 2011.
The 46 studies are listed in Appendix A.
The Decade of War study, therefore, neither addresses every aspect of every operation over the past decade,nor is it a comprehensive analysis of lessons developed by other organizations.