Video Highlights Civilian-Military Coordination of Task Force Mountain Warrior

Posted by Dante Paradiso
October 22, 2010
Task Force Mountain Warriors Patrol the Road

About the Author: Dante Paradiso, a Special Assistant in the Bureau of African Affairs, formerly served as Senior Civilian Representative with BCT Task Force Mountain Warrior.

State Department officers, USAID development experts, and representatives from several other U.S. government agencies serve alongside the U.S. military throughout Afghanistan as part of our efforts to integrate civilian and military operations, including with Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs), with combat battalions, Provincial Reconstruction Teams, and District Support Teams.

BCT Task Force Mountain Warrior's area of operations covered the four eastern Afghanistan provinces of Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman, and the BCT was deployed from June 2009 to June 2010. Task Force Bastogne replaced the Task Force Mountain Warrior team, but many civilians under Chief of Mission authority remain in the area, providing valuable continuity.

In March 2010, embedded with Task Force Mountain Warrior and produced a video that reflects the work of the Brigade Senior Civilian Representative and other State Department Officers in Kunar province over the past year. The video shows the integrated nature of the Task Force's work and the important role that civilians are playing on the front lines, working hand-in-hand with their military colleagues.

You can watch their video here.



New Mexico, USA
October 22, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:


I don't know how folks are going to deal with the ban on security contracting set by the Karzai gov. ...development projects shutting down , lot of locals out of work on those projects (20,000 est.) , and either USAID gets Congress to fund, train and equip a large security force that will be under US gov. ethics standards in theater, the Afghan gov will not approve non-ISAF/Afghan military ...(IE; "private militias" of any form banned, as per Afghan law -as I understand it's breadth in practice.)

Or DoD will have to scrap all its marching bands and detail the membership out to location accordingly...(which would double the total DoS workforce employed I've heard tell...)

Anyway, it's the best I can think of at the moment to help keep things moving in the right direction...I never liked the idea of armed "contractors" anyway.

If the Afghan Mil and police arn't up to it yet,. then DoD will have to be, one way or another.

There really isn't much other option on short notice.




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