ASA(CW) SO Guidance Document 08-01: Economic Empowerment Tasks for Stability Operations

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George S. Dunlop, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

National security and Department of Defense policies require that indigenous economic development and empowerment tasks are necessary elements to include in prospective missions in the persistent conflict that violent jihadist ideology has imposed on the United States and our allies.

Prospective missions in the persistent war are characterized variously in US Government policy documents as Reconstruction and Stability (RS) missions, or Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction (SSTR) missions; Stability Operations (SO); Counterinsurgency (COIN) missions; and sometimes as nation-building missions. A useful construct to include the economic empowerment and indigenous job creation features of these concepts is the term Stability Operations/Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction or SO/SSTR. The economic empowerment (EE) elements of such missions are referred to as SO/SSTR E2 Missions in this paper.