Resolute Support

Friday, March 13, 2015

What is it?

NATO-led Resolute Support mission is a key component to the international community's engagement in Afghanistan, assisting Afghan authorities in providing security and stability, while creating the conditions for reconstruction and development.

The new NATO-led Resolute Support mission began on Jan. 1, 2015. Resolute Support builds on the achievements made by the now completed ISAF mission. Resolute Support officially and formally recognizes Afghan Security Forces' growing capabilities and their assumption of full security responsibility for the future of Afghanistan.

The overall mission supports four Lines of Effort (LOE), which are: Posture the Force, Protect the Force, Complete Afghan Security Institutions/Afghan National Defense & Security Forces (ASI/ANDSF) Development and Support Political Transition. Those four LOEs are focused on eight specific areas of concentration or "Essential Functions (EFs)."

The essential functions are:

  • -- EF1 - multi-year budgeting and Execution of Programs
  • -- EF2 - Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight
  • -- EF3 - Civilian Governance of the ASI
  • -- EF4 - Force Generation; EF5 - Sustainment
  • -- EF6 - Strategy and Policy Planning, Resourcing, and Execution
  • -- EF7 - Intelligence; and EF8 - Strategic Communication

Daily efforts are expended by Resolute Support to Train, Advise and Assist (TAA) the ASI and ANDSF at the ministerial, institutional, and operational levels.

What has the Army done?

The Army contributes individual Soldiers and units to support U.S. commitments to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission as part of a joint and multinational team. These Soldiers and units are primarily:

  • -- Division-level headquarters elements for the train, advise, and assist commands.
  • -- Individual Soldiers as advisors at the corps and ministerial levels.

The Army also provides key leaders within Resolute Support to include the Commander, Resolute Support and U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army will continue to contribute individual Soldiers and units throughout the end of 2016 to support the NATO-led mission. As the mission continues to transition to a normal embassy presence beyond 2016, the Army will continue to be a key component of the TAA mission.

Why is this important to the Army?

It is critical that the Army continues to build on the success of the last 13 years. The Army cannot afford to allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven once again for international terrorists. The Soldiers' participation as advisors is essential to building a sustainable ANDSF capable of providing security for all of Afghanistan.


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Because of the courage and resilience of the American Army and its partners, the world and the nation are safer. And because of men and women like the American Soldiers serving in Afghanistan, the Afghan people have a precious gift: The gift of a chance -- a chance to stand on their own ... chance for freedom -- for liberty ... chance for a better tomorrow.

- Secretary of the Army John McHugh, during his first trip to Afghanistan, since the transition from Operation Enduring Freedom to Resolute Support, in January 2015

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