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Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Military Research Paper) (Military Research Papers) (Military Research Papers) Paperback – May 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0944029985 ISBN-10: 0944029981

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  • Series: Military Research Papers (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Institute for Near East Policy (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944029981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944029985
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,536,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory Hooker is the senior intelligence analyst for Iraq at CENTCOM. He has worked extensively in Iraq, most recently helping to establish the National Intelligence Center in Baghdad. He holds a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazz It Up Baby on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Tom Donnelly said well, what was the biggest intelligence failure on Iraq? Most would answer, "Failure to find weapons of mass destruction." But far more important, given the long-running counterinsurgency campaign, was the failure to comprehend the nature of Iraqi society and politics. Many of the problems U.S. troops face today stem from the faulty understanding that shaped the original invasion plan.

The enormity of the failure merits scrutiny. Suffice it to say that the fault was general across all agencies of government and almost no one correctly foresaw the shape of post-Saddam Iraq. It will take some time to catalog the full scope of intelligence and policy follies, but Hooker's monograph is a worthy entry.

Hooker had a ringside seat for Operation Iraqi Freedom planning as senior intelligence analyst at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) where he has worked since 1996. This job made him aware that military policy, particularly the Pentagon's desire to fight a fast war in keeping with the theories of military transformation, militated against a deeper understanding of the potential for an Iraqi insurgency. Moreover, the inability to settle on a single war plan--in the two years prior to the invasion, CENTCOM was directed to prepare three separate plans--made for shallow analysis. Finally, the indecisive direction provided by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, euphemistically described as an "iterative" approach, "injected numerous ideas into the [planning] dialogue, many of which were amateurish and unrealistic." As Hooker observes, "Rather than refining the plan in successive operational variants, this process ultimately drove the planners toward increasingly unrealistic assumptions" until they finally paid no attention to Pentagon directives.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
On the first table you see as you walk into book stores these days you will find books on how we are losing the war in Iraq and right next to them are the books talking about how great we are doing in Iraq. It reminds me of the pro-Bush, anti-Bush books from just before the election. I wonder if they are by the same authors. Only now, here and there are books coming out that are written by the people actually involved in the operation.

In the case of planning for Operation Iraqi Freedom, that responsibility was assigned to CENTCOM (Central Command) headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

This book, written by the senior intelligence analyst for Iraq at CENTCOM describes the planning process, the questions being asked, the intelligence being gathered and the final plan developed for the invasion of Iraq. Obviously he has the advantage of hindsight, but also obviously, the plan worked when it was put into practice by the American and allied forces.

This book provides a fascinating insight into how the planning process actually works within the military.
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