Saddam's War: An Iraqi Military Perspective of the Iran-Iraq War
This paper was prepared under the task order Study on Military History (Project 1946) for the National Intelligence Council. It helps address the task order objectives of: developing a series of personal, organizational, and campaign histories of contemporary Iraq; improving and expanding our understanding of Iraq and its region; providing national security organizations with historical background material, political and personality profiles of the region, and data for long-term studies and analysis; illuminating the effects and utility of U.S. capabilities as seen by an adversary for doctrine and force developers and supporting strategic and operational planning by improving U.S. understanding of Arab military thought, the new Iraqi military, neighboring countries, and regional dynamics. The Joint Advanced Warfighting Program (JAWP) was established at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and as part of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division to serve as a catalyst for stimulating innovation and breakthrough change. It is cosponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and the Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCO M). JAWP includes military personnel on joint assignments from each Service and civilian specialists from IDA . The program is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and includes an office in Norfolk, Virginia, to facilitate coordination with USJFCO M. This paper does not necessarily reflect the views of IDA or the sponsors of JAWP. Our intent is to stimulate ideas, discussion, and, ultimately, the discovery and innovation that must fuel successful transformation.
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