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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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NOVEMBER 2012
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ADAPTABILITY ANDMOBILITY:
AN AFGHANISTAN
PRT FIELD REPORT
With U.S. troops departing
Afghanistan, a civilian drawdown
is a foregone conclusion. Now is the
right time to tear down processes
and structures that do not work.
BY TED BURKHALTER
T
housands of dedicated Americans, civilian
and military alike, have risked a great deal
over the past decade in an efort to fnd a path
to a sustainable Afghan peace. We have run
through countless ideas and templates, and
have experienced gratifying successes and
miserable failures.
Tough we don’t often admit it, blind luck has more than
once played a huge role. But as in any endeavor, the chances of
success vastly increase with proper foresight, planning, commu-
Brigadier General Austin Miller (Commander,
CFSOCC-A) arrives in Gizab to inspect the frst
ALP detachment to be approved by the
Government of Afghanistan. Sept. 22, 2010.
Ted Burkhalter