Iraq: Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Teams

TitleIraq: Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Teams
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleUSIPeace Briefing (March 2008)
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPerito, R
PublisherUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Accession Number1027

Iraq: Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Teams
USIPeace BriefingIn January 2007, President Bush announced that the U.S. would double the number of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in Iraq as part of his plan for a "New Way Forward." PRTs are small, civilian-military units that assist provincial and local governments to govern more effectively and deliver essential services. These new PRTs would be embedded with Brigade (Army) and Regimental (Marine) Combat Teams (B/RCTs) participating in the "surge" of U.S. forces into Baghdad, Anbar and Erbil provinces. The new ePRTs would begin as four person interagency teams, but would expand to include civilian experts in a broad range of specialties. These new PRTs were staffed with Defense Department civilians and members of the National Guard and Army Reserve until funds became available to the State Department to hire civilian contractors. The process of deploying civilian experts is now underway, but the B/RCTs to which they are being assigned will return to the United States by August 2008.One year after the president announced the creation of ePRTs, what have these unique organizations achieved? What is their future? To answer these questions, USIP convened a panel of PRT veterans who recently returned to their respective agencies after serving in Iraq.

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