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Withdrawing from Iraq [electronic resource] : alternative schedules, associated risks, and mitigating strategies / Walter L. Perry ... [et al.].

Contributor(s): Perry, Walt L.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Rand Corporation monograph series: Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2009Description: 1 online resource (1 online resource (xxxix, 166 p.)) : col. ill., col. maps.ISBN: 9780833047991 (electronic bk.); 083304799X (electronic bk.); 9780833047724 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0833047728 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Peace | Postwar reconstruction -- Iraq | Disengagement (Military science) | Peace-building -- Iraq | United States -- Military relations -- Iraq | Iraq -- Military relations -- United States | Iraq -- Politics and government -- 2003- | Internal security -- Iraq | United States -- Military policy | HISTORY -- MilitaryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Withdrawing from Iraq.DDC classification: 956.7044/31 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- Drawdown Scheduling -- Logistics Factors and Constraints Affecting the Drawdown -- Internal Security and Stability -- Regional Effects -- Risk Mitigation -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: The Study's Legislative Background -- Appendix B: Drawdown of Remaining Forces -- Appendix C: Economic and Advisory Issues Involved in a Drawdown of U.S. Forces from Iraq.
Summary: Security has improved dramatically in Iraq since 2007; both the U.S. and the Iraqi governments want to see the U.S. presence reduced and have the Iraqis assume a greater role in providing for public security. These developments have brought the United States to a critical juncture in Iraq. The emerging challenge is to continue a withdrawal of U.S. forces while preserving security and stability in the country and in the region. With this in mind, the U.S. Congress provided resources in the fiscal year 2009 Defense Appropriations Act for an independent study to assess alternative schedules to draw down U.S. forces and effect the transition to Iraqi forces providing for the nation's security. This study assesses the feasibility of three such plans and makes recommendations designed to reduce the risks attendant on withdrawal; these recommendations are, for the most part, relevant whichever drawdown schedule is ultimately met.
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Security has improved dramatically in Iraq since 2007; both the U.S. and the Iraqi governments want to see the U.S. presence reduced and have the Iraqis assume a greater role in providing for public security. These developments have brought the United States to a critical juncture in Iraq. The emerging challenge is to continue a withdrawal of U.S. forces while preserving security and stability in the country and in the region. With this in mind, the U.S. Congress provided resources in the fiscal year 2009 Defense Appropriations Act for an independent study to assess alternative schedules to draw down U.S. forces and effect the transition to Iraqi forces providing for the nation's security. This study assesses the feasibility of three such plans and makes recommendations designed to reduce the risks attendant on withdrawal; these recommendations are, for the most part, relevant whichever drawdown schedule is ultimately met.

The research described in this report was prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and conducted in the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the OSD, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community under Contract W74V8H-06-C-0002.

Introduction -- Drawdown Scheduling -- Logistics Factors and Constraints Affecting the Drawdown -- Internal Security and Stability -- Regional Effects -- Risk Mitigation -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: The Study's Legislative Background -- Appendix B: Drawdown of Remaining Forces -- Appendix C: Economic and Advisory Issues Involved in a Drawdown of U.S. Forces from Iraq.

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