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Balance SheetThe Iraq War and U.S. National Security$
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John S. Duffield and Peter J. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760133

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.001.0001

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The Iraq War and the State of the U.S. Military

The Iraq War and the State of the U.S. Military

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(p.87) 5 The Iraq War and the State of the U.S. Military
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Balance Sheet
Author(s):
Michael E. O'Hanlon
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.003.0005

This chapter examines the impact of the Iraq War on the U.S. military. It suggests that the war negatively affected the state of American military readiness in terms of equipment, personnel, and training, but that it has also battle-hardened the force, created a generation of war veterans who will command the American military at varying levels for decades to come, and has led to demonstrable improvements in military performance in counterinsurgency and stabilization missions. The chapter also suggests that the U.S. armed forces learned valuable lessons about post-conflict operations and nation-building.

Keywords:   Iraq War, U.S. military, military readiness, war veterans, counterinsurgency, stabilization missions, post-conflict operations, nation-building

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