IRRC No. 885

The occupation of Iraq: a military perspective on lessons learned

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This opinion note briefly describes the US military perspective preceding the Iraqi occupation and highlights some of the primary lessons learned from it. Those lessons fall into three main categories: planning, training, and inter-agency execution. Keywords: occupation of Iraq, responsibilities of an occupying power, US military perspective, Coalition Provisional Authority, Operation Iraqi Freedom, military operational planning, training, inter-agency execution.

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