Operation Iraq Freedom Case Study

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The failure of CENTCOM to apply effective operational design to Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) started The United States down the road toward defeat. There are several reasons for the CENTCOM failures; first, the initial plan failed to incorporate or understand the POTUS’s guidance in the form of National Strategic Ends. Without this complete understanding of the POTUS’s strategic ends, Franks and CENTCOM planners simply could not identify the correct military end states necessary to set the condition to meet the POTUS’s strategic ends. Without this understanding they badly neglected their plan’s phase IV inadequacies. (site) Second, Franks and his planners’ failed to conduct operational design before planning OIF. Without this operational

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