Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations by Hans Binnendijk, Patricj M. Cronin

Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations by Hans Binnendijk, Patricj M. Cronin

By Hans Binnendijk, Patricj M. Cronin

This lexicon is inten ded as a device to he lp strip aw ay one resource of the endem ic miscommunication and friction that now plagues either infantrymen and civilians, governm ent and non-government, who plan, coordinate, and execute the complicated set of overlapping civil-military actions and initiatives th at have come to charact erize armed conflicts and their afterm ath. jointly often called advanced operations1, they call for, yet too frequently lack, a feeling of universal function and m utual figuring out be tween a big selection of planne rs and practitioners, all of whom carry with them varied organizati onal cultures, international visions, and operational ways. those disconnects can , and too frequently do, create conf usion, at tim es with tragic effects, either at the flooring and between policy-m akers. a part of that confusion stem s from the commonly diverse vocabulary utilized by those m any actors. each one association possesses their very own specific terminology, completely transparent to them , yet foggy to others. even if phrases glance and sound favourite they typically have really diversified and infrequently alien meanings. someone who has attended an acronym and jargon -laced coordination assembly of m ilitary, civilian govt, and NGO representatives is familiar with the disappointment of attempting to interpret what's intended through phrases that experience many various connotations. it's in hopes of lessening this confusion that this lexicon has been compiled.

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Nonetheless, some salient impediments to Federal Government unity of effort can be identified. One way to highlight explanations for insufficient unity of effort is to consider the management of a complex contingency in the abstract, from the assessment of the problem, to development of policy, to strategy, to plans, to execution and periodic evaluations of progress toward objectives. Assessment The process of issue management begins with an assessment of the problems that give rise to the complex contingency.

The United States cannot afford to be leisurely about how it implements this plan. Three implementation options help illuminate the broad choices here: schedule A (the fastest) would complete the entire plan in 5 years; schedule B (the middle ground) would complete the plan in 7½ years; schedule C would complete the plan in 10 years. Schedule A would require creating 1,000 active/standby civilian response capacity personnel per year; schedule B, 667 personnel; and schedule C, 500 personnel. Similar options and proportionately similar schedules would apply to creating civilian response capacity reserves of 10,000 total personnel.

In addition to providing long-term sustainment, a reserve civilian response capacity of this size would provide a valuable surge capability in case the active/standby force becomes overwhelmed by unexpected events, plus additional manpower pools for performing specific missions and tasks that might arise. The key conclusion is that if an active/ standby civilian response capacity of 5,000 civilians is created, a backup reserve force of 10,000 personnel would serve more purposes than one. S. civilian response capacity will be deemed adequately large only if it can meet manpower requirements for complex operations that might lie ahead.

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