posted on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 am
Â Building upon the âAre We Winning?â report series, American Security Project publishes a new study identifying nine metrics to measure the hotly debated progress on the war in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON D.C., 6 October 2011 â Today the American Security Project (ASP) released a new report titled âMeasuring Success: Are We Winning?â which identifies a concrete set of measurements for tracking the progress in the war in Afghanistan 10 years into U.S. involvement in the region. Some of the findings in the report reveal that the opposing parties involvedâthe Taliban and its allies, and the U.S., NATO, and its alliesâare fighting different wars with different outcomes.
BGen Stephen Cheney, Chief Executive Officer of ASP, said: âSince our first âAre We Winning?â report in 2007, ASP has been measuring the progress in the struggle against al Qaeda and its allies. Our findings have painted a bleak picture with regard to U.S. âvictoryâ in the war on terror. The 2010 report showed a âstalemateâ in the war. This report on Afghanistan shows weâre not even tracking and in agreement on the metrics that matter the most. For our national security strategy, this is disappointing. For our servicemen and women, this is simply unacceptable.â
Joshua Foust, ASP Fellow and author of the report, said: âWe just canât say weâre âwinningâ the war in Afghanistan; thereâs no way of saying whether weâre winning or not when the public data about the war is incomplete and, more importantly, keeps changing. The insurgents are fighting a war of disruption and influence, and ISAF is fighting a physical warâafter analyzing the strategic objectives of the war, this is clear.â
October 7, 2011 marks 10 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. ASPâs latest report describes the shift in the war as of 2011 and analyzes President Barack Obamaâs strategic objectives to determine if we can begin to make claims to âvictoryâ in a war with loosely defined goals and incomplete metrics.
Foust added: âWhen we begin to track important, missing metrics like violent rhetoric, childhood literacy and local government accountabilityâwindows into the attitudes of local populationsâthe U.S. could begin to see the larger picture with regard to our strategic goals in Afghanistan. Agreeing upon a concrete set of metrics is the first step. Until then, we will be left making endless assumptions about whoâs winning the war in Afghanistan with our national security integrity hanging in the balance.â
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About the American Security Project: The American Security Project is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges. For more information, visit www.americansecurityproject.org.