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A US Marine with the 11th Marine Expeditionary United fires an M777 howitzer in northern Syria, May 2017. Courtesy of US Marine Corps/Zachery Laning

Lessons for Military Planning in 21st Century Warfare: Shaping the Military Defeat of Daesh in the Middle Euphrates River Valley

Rob Alsworth and Andrew Tidmarsh
RUSI Journal, 6 December 2018
Armed Forces, The decade after 9/11, Land Forces, Military Personnel
Operation Inherent Resolve offers some lessons for military planning of coalition operations in the 21st Century.

This article offers contemporary military planners and other interested parties an insight into the challenges of planning joint fires in support of high-intensity warfare at the operational level in the 21st Century. Rob Alsworth and Andrew Tidmarsh draw on their experiences with Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve in 2017 to examine the complexities of coalition operations in an environment of maximum scrutiny, minimum footprint and the unclear intent of numerous, diverse stakeholders.

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