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Author Zimmerman, S. Rebecca, author

Title Task Force for Business and Stability Operations : lessons from Afghanistan / S. Rebecca Zimmerman, Daniel Egel, Ilana Blum
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 114 pages) : color illustrations
Series Rand Corporation research report series ; RR-1243-OSD
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1243-OSD
Contents Introduction -- Background of the Task Force -- Diverse stakeholders -- Exploring project implementation -- Lessons from the Task Force in Afghanistan -- Implications for future U.S. contingency operations
Summary "The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a multi-year endeavor for the U.S. Department of Defense, sought to use private-sector strategies to create sustainable economies in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this report, RAND researchers use semistructured interviews and both public and internal documentation to identify lessons from the Task Force's activities in Afghanistan, offering insights for similar projects in the future. The analysis describes the multitude of the Task Force's stakeholders resulting from its complex institutional status, plus the challenges that resulted from these diverse stakeholders. It uses a stakeholder-focused approach to explore several prominent TFBSO projects, informed by disparate stakeholder views. Ultimately, lessons identified from the Task Force's activities in Afghanistan fell under six categories: programmatic flexibility, leadership, measures of success, staffing, freedom of movement, and contracting. Because economic development is likely to remain a key component of U.S. contingency operations, policymakers can use the lessons identified in this report when planning and designing similar organizations in the future to find the right balance for success"--Publisher's web site
Notes "National Security Research Division."
Series from web site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-114)
Subject U.S. Task Force for Business and Stability Operations.
Economic development -- Afghanistan.
Nation-building -- Economic aspects -- Afghanistan.
Form Electronic book
Author Blum, Ilana, author
Egel, Daniel, author
Rand Corporation, publisher
Rand Corporation. National Security Research Division, issuing body
ISBN 0833092839
0833093746 (electronic bk)
9780833093745 (electronic bk)