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Military Innovation in  War: It Takes a Learning  Organization | A Case Study of Task Force 714 in Iraq|Richard Shultz
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Military Innovation in War: It Takes a Learning Organization | A Case Study of Task Force 714 in Iraq|Richard Shultz

The U.S. counterterrorism (CT) forces who deployed to Iraq in 2003 as Task Force 714 (TF 714) faced an ugly surprise. Tasked to dismantle the al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) dominated insurgency, the organization could not achieve that mission. Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, then TF 714 commander, concluded, “we were losing to an enemy … we should have dominated.”1

But TF 714 transformed in the midst of war and during 2006-2009 was able to dismantle AQI’s clandestine networks to a degree that they could no longer function in a cohesive manner. By developing the capacity to operate inside those networks, TF 714 was able, in the words of General McChrystal, to “claw the guts out of AQI.”2

Source: JSOU16-6_Shultz_TF714_final1.pdf