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The War for Helmand, 2006-11

The War for Helmand, 2006-11. Helmand. First Cut. From enemy-focused to population-centric. Focus on fighting, 2006-07. 16 bde: ‘attrition of Taliban forces’ 3 Cdo: ‘keeping the Taliban at bay’ 12 Mech: taking the offensive. 52 brigade: new approach. Prize = the population

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The War for Helmand, 2006-11

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  1. The War for Helmand, 2006-11

  2. Helmand

  3. First Cut From enemy-focused to population-centric

  4. Focus on fighting, 2006-07 • 16 bde: ‘attrition of Taliban forces’ • 3 Cdo: ‘keeping the Taliban at bay’ • 12 Mech: taking the offensive

  5. 52 brigade: new approach • Prize = the population • Main effort = win their consent • Approach = rebalance kinetic and non-kinetic activity

  6. Explaining change • New people, new ideas • Switch in Taliban tactics • Increased resources

  7. More please…

  8. Second cut Evolution of British approach

  9. Game changer

  10. The War for Helmand, 2006-11 Top 5 takeaways

  11. 1. Boots on the ground

  12. This is the main COIN platform

  13. Small wars require big armies

  14. Flooding the South

  15. Afghans want these guys

  16. ANSF numbers

  17. The best counterinsurgents

  18. 2. Unity of command

  19. The man and his plan

  20. 3. Bloody business

  21. COIN requires MCO

  22. No pain, no gain

  23. Best avoid big battles in towns

  24. 4. The bad guys

  25. …ain’t 10 feet tall

  26. The other side of the Hill

  27. 5. The 80%

  28. Developing COIN capability

  29. Security first, governance foremost

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