Operation Anaconda Essay

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Joint Planning for Operation Anaconda SFC Spurlock, Matthew MLC Class 005-18 Joint Planning for Operation Anaconda Since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism, there have been numerous battles. One of the most important battles that shaped future joint planning of operations was Operation Anaconda. The outcome of this operation was ultimately successful, however, the original intent from the commanders were not met due to errors in the joint planning process. Joint planning during Operation Anaconda proved ineffective because of inaccurate intelligence about the terrain and weather, the exemption of Air Force and Navy during the initial planning phase, and false assumptions about the enemy. Intelligence Intelligence Preparation …show more content…

The Navy had an aircraft carrier turn around and was not a part of the initial operation (Fleri, Howard, Hukill, & Searle, 2003). If the Navy had been a part of the initial joint planning process, there would have been adequate air support from several enemy avenues of approach. Assumptions Based off of the intelligence, there were several assumptions that were believed going into the operation. These assumptions were based off prior battles at Tora Bora and the assumed success of the past missions carried over into the joint planning process of Operation Anaconda. These assumptions proved to be inaccurate and unreliable and cost friend forces lives during the initial phase of the battle. SK Valley only had a few hundred enemy troops According to the TF Mountain intelligence, only a few hundred enemy forces were in the area (Fleri, Howard, Hukill, & Searle, 2003). However, this was a sore underestimate due to a high volume of hiding places in caves located in the mountains. The Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance was very aggressive and did not take into account the surround areas or the possibility of enemy forces planning guerrilla

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