BAGHDAD -Iraqi, USF-I, and NTM-I senior military leaders met today to discuss Iraqi military doctrine at the first Iraqi Military Doctrine Conference here Aug. 3.

Through the combined efforts of the Iraqi and international community the conference will enable the Iraqi Armed Forces to develop and deliver a doctrine that will endure beyond 2011.

"In the physical sense, we have re-equipped our Armed Forces with state of the art technology, invested heavily in recruitment and training organization. We have provided the tools necessary for Iraq to defend itself in the face external aggression," said Gen. Babakir Badir-Khan, Chief of Staff for the Iraqi Armed Forces. "Through good leadership and motivation we have helped a strong warrior ethos and a better understanding of the law of armed conflict and human rights. The moral component provides the motivation for our people to fight."

However, there is a third, most important, step, he said.

"It binds the moral and physical components by providing ideas on how to fight," Badir-Khan said. "It is underpinned by Military Doctrine but relies on innovation, education and capturing our collective experiences to ensure best practices in all that we do. Military doctrine is simply codification of best practices."

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, Deputy Commanding General for Advising and Training agreed the Iraqi Armed Forces have made significant improvements; however, added that this last step will solidify Iraq's place among militaries in the region.

"This event will also signal to Iraq's regional neighbors that it is taking another positive step towards self-sustaining military capability to defend its sovereignty in the face of external aggression," said Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, Deputy Commanding General for Advising and Training.

Barbero said the Iraqi Armed Forces have come a long way in rebuilding its force since 2004. However, it's time to take the next step. The three main objectives for the conference included: an agreement to a formal hierarchy of doctrine for the Iraqi Armed Forces, identifying and agreeing to development objectives for the next 18 months, and finally, identifying the principles for implementation into the forces commands and training institutions.

"As we approach 2011, and the focus for the Armed Forces switches from internal security to external defense, it is necessary to review these conventional capabilities and determine how to employ them in the event of external aggression," Barbero told the room full of military leaders during his opening remarks. "This is an opportunity to take a huge step forward in ensuring the security of Iraq. Doctrine is a key part of building military capability and because of this I have allocated resources, people, and money, from United States Forces-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq to support this task."

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