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Jonathan SchrodenPatricio Asfura-HeimCatherine NormanJerry Meyerle
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CNA's Center for Stability and Development recently sent a team to Afghanistan to assess the ANSF, in support of a congressionally mandated study to determine the future requirements for the ANSF's size, structure, capabilities, and posture. We observed the ANSF firsthand and conducted hundreds of interviews of Afghan, ISAF, and U.S. officials at all levels, from national to tactical, in all of Afghanistan’s regions. We came to eight major conclusions regarding the performance and capabilities of the ANSF in 2013. These empirical, independent observations, when taken together, show that the ANSF were generally successful in 2013 and performed better than most people realize.

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This occasional paper is cleared for public release, distribution unlimited. 


  • Pages: 20
  • Document Number: DOP-2014-U-006817-final
  • Publication Date: 1/27/2014
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