Toward Making Practice More Perfect in Stability Operations

  • August 27, 2009
  • COL George P McDonnell

The likelihood that the United States, alone or as part of a coalition, will undertake stability operations in fragile of failed states remains as high today as it did a decade ago. If true, then the U.S. Army's participation in Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) will be a critical part of a successful strategy. Unfortunately, the Army's current doctrine on PRTs contains ambiguity and omissions that detract from its effectiveness. As the body of knowledge on this subject expands future revisions to FM 3-07, Stability Operations, need to overcome current shortcomings.