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Handbook 07-34
September 2007

Foreword

Provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs) were established as a result of the need to develop the infrastructure necessary for the Afghan and Iraqi people to succeed in a post-conflict environment. The efforts of PRTs take place every day during a time when major conflict is commonplace in both countries. PRTs have become an integral part of the long-term strategy to transition the lines of security, governance, and economics to the indigenous people. Integrated appropriately, PRTs serve as combat multipliers for maneuver commanders engaged in governance and economics, as well as other critical lines of operation. In addition, PRTs serve as force multipliers for U.S. Government (USG) development agencies engaged across the stability and reconstruction sectors. 

This playbook focuses on PRTs in general, with additional information specific to Iraq and Afghanistan. The information contained in this playbook comes from multiple sources inside and outside the USG with the understanding that the manner in which PRTs operate is likely to change over time. 

The intent of this publication is to share knowledge, support discussion, and impart lessons and information in an expeditious manner. This Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) publication is not a doctrinal product. The information provided in this publication is written by USG employees for those individuals who will serve in a stability and reconstruction environment. 

Acknowledgments: Special thanks to all the USG individuals who assisted the collection and presentation of this information. In particular, thanks to the interagency teams from Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Institute for Peace for providing invaluable assistance in gathering this information to share with PRT practitioners in training and in the field. Finally, thanks are also extended to members of CALL’s collection teams and theater observers for providing updated field input. 

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Last Reviewed: May 18, 2012

 
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