Marines Caught in ISAF Bureaucracy

Sounds like there is a need for more direction from the top to overcome the regional command inertia.,0,925607.story

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Disagreements and coordination problems high within the international military command are delaying combat operations for 2,500 Marines who arrived here last month to help root out Taliban forces, according to military officers here.

For weeks the Marines -- with their light armor, infantry, artillery and a squadron of transport and attack helicopters and Harrier strike fighters -- have been virtually quarantined at the international air base here, unable to operate beyond the base perimeter
In other words, they're doing a multinational operation and due to a foul up deployed without doing the basic checks aimed at making sure they could fit in to the ISAF force and now they're whining because they won't be used?

Its a complex situation down there with multiple operations - the US is running two seperate ops - the ISAF contribution and the GWOT one - totally different commands and objectives. They've chosen to deploy the USMC to RC(S), but it looks like they didnt get their planning right to ensure they could work with their partner nations. Its not a case of rocking up and killing things willy nilly - its about fitting into the broader strategy, doing the ops required of you and accepting that at times you may need to wait before you can be used.

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