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1 The Infantry as trainers – a growing task for the future We Teach, We Lead Canada 23 May 2009 Col J.F. Riffou – CO OMLT TF 1-08

2 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Globe & Mail 20 may 09

3 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Outline Retrospective Contemporary Perspectives What we did Challenges Thoughts for the future Conclusion

4 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Where have we been? 1960s – Military Training Assistance Plan (MTAP) Op PROTEUS Jerusalem Op SCULPTURE Sierra Leone Op SATURN Darfur Op CROCODILE DRC Op AUGURAL Sudan (Darfur, western region) Op Athena Afghanistan

5 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Ground truth from Kandahar Cdn OMLT growth R3 – R5 400% (approx 230) US surge includes a mentoring BCT ISAF challenged to meet OMLT requirement –In fall 2008 approx 30-40% shortfall

6 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Contemporary Perspective Broadsword or Rapier? CDA Report to SJS, Apr 2008 –#12 Developing Indigenous Security Forces Training indigenous forces, military and police, will remain a key role of the CF and it may often be its main role in future coalition operations.

7 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead A Contemporary American Perspective Institutionalizing Adaptation: Its time for a Permanent Army Advisor Corps. Centre for a New American Security John Nagl, June 2007

8 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead What we did Validated Kdk 2-1 to CM 1 Converted 1000 ANA to C-7 District lead in Zharey Bde Summer Campaign Plan Arghandab counter-move ANA infrastructure MSG OMLT/BG coop Hwy # Bde re-alignment Oct 08 JTFA – ANA cooperation Sp ANA legal reform Sp 205 Corps HQ (Ops/Log)

9 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Canadian Infantry Kandak OMLT – 26 Mentors X 4 X 1 CO Mentor Log Mentor Ops Mentor RSM Mentor Team CP Med Advisor X 5 X 1 Inf Coy Mentors Wpn Coy Mentors SUV

10 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Conduct of operations OMLT/ Logistic Support Teams administer ANA refit and leave OMLTs and Partnered Unit conduct Leader, Collective, and Contracted Equipment Training (1 month) (2 months) (6 months) Total = 9 months Red-Yellow-Green CYCLE Infantry Kandaks – By Kandak CS/CSS Kandaks – By Platoons

11 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Challenges Police reform Environment - physically and mentally demanding Rank intensive Resource limitations Developing ANA initiative ANSF Logistics ANSF pers management NATO SA & HMMWV intro Working with allies

12 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Structure - The Zharey Experiment Transfer of Lead Security Responsibility What are the conditions that must be set for TLSR to the ANSF? Latter portion of tour revealed that with relatively small cbt power investment, the OMLT structure could bridge to full ANSF autonomy Zharey structure should serve as a guide for future plan A bridge to ANA autonomy

13 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Structure - Partnership vs. Mentorship? How do you define the two? Is it time for a paradigm shift? Can a CF unit partner with an ANSF organization and still build capacity? Is the Zharey experiment the bridge?

14 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead So what? Trg indigenous forces is a growth industry Cdn infantry are excellent mentors at all levels reg/res (Vision statement!!) our institutional trg works, dont break it Mentorship occurs at all levels (tac/op/strat) need to generate more qual WO/Capt/Maj Mentors are similar to SOF, small investment generates a large return

15 Canada Operational Mentor and Liaison Team TF 1-08 We Teach, We Lead Questions?


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