Enhance COIN Operations

Monday March 22, 2010

What is it?

An application of the commander, International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. Stanley McChrystal's, counterinsurgency (COIN) fundamentals was demonstrated recently during the Republic of Georgia Army's 31st Light Infantry Battalion (LIB), battalion-level, mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany.

This MRE was the culminating exercise for the United States Marine led 2-year Georgia Deployment Program designed to train Georgian Infantry battalions for deployment in support of ISAF.

The 31st Georgian LIB executed various common mission sets in a simulated Afghanistan environment exercising soldiers' and leaders' application of COIN fundamentals. Collective training events included: area security, live-fire attacks with mortar and sniper integration, command post exercises, and cultural awareness engagements. The Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MAGTF), the primary trainers for the 31st Georgian units, collaborated with the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) in Germany to design the training event.

What has the Army done?

JMTC is the European-based training support command utilizing live, virtual, constructive, simulation, and gaming technology to provide U.S. and multinational partners' Soldiers and leaders with a realistic training experience. The 31st Georgian MRE is an example of how JMTC leverages training opportunities to joint and multi-national partners.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Ongoing support to Afghanistan and Iraq has illustrated the importance of Allied and partner assistance in decreasing U.S. operational requirements. JMTC has the resident expertise and training capability to provide the training and training support for Soldier and leader development and improve interoperability between U.S. and partner nations. This support builds the vital trust to successfully accomplish current objectives in Afghanistan and collectively prepare for future complex, and uncertain challenges.

Why is this important to the Army?

As forces continue to serve as part of multinational operations, it is important for U.S. Soldiers to maximize opportunities to train with multinational partners. Because of proximity to other European nations and Africa, the JMTC is ideally postured to provide state-of-the-art training and build partner capacity for future ISAF support.

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Essentially, we and the insurgents are presenting an argument for the future to the people of Afghanistan: they will decide which argument is the most attractive, most convincing, and has the greatest chance of success."

- Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), emphasizing that the mission of ISAF is to protect the people of Afghanistan

ISAF Commander's Counterinsurgency Training Guidance, Page 5

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- Lt. Col. Michael "Greg" Hicks, director of the EOD/Munitions Training Department at U.S. Army Ordnance Munitions & Electronic Maintenance School, giving his opinion on the Academy Award winning Hollywood movie, "The Hurt Locker."

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