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Handbook 10-10
Nov 2009

Foreword

The symbol of the National Guard depicts the Concord Minuteman, one hand carrying a rifle and the other resting on a plow. It graphically depicts the fact that from the earliest days of America's history, farmers have played key roles in the militia. This proud lineage continues today as we perform operations in Afghanistan.

In assessing the current situation in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, International Security Assistance Force Commander, says that "the fight is not a cyclical campaign driven by an insurgent 'fighting season.' Rather, it is a year-round struggle, often conducted with little apparent violence to win the support of the people." A guiding principle is to "change the operational culture to connect with the people." The National Guard agribusiness development teams (ADTs) exemplify this premise and have proven their value.

This handbook is a product of the National Guard Agribusiness Development Team Coordination Office with input from current and previously deployed ADTs. It contains information and lessons to assist ADTs preparing for deployment and those already deployed.

Key points covered in the handbook include:

  • Unity of effort
  • Establishing relationships
  • Language
  • Cultural influences
  • Project selection and implementation

The teams that have deployed to date have demonstrated the effectiveness of General McChrystal's guiding principle, and I commend to you this collection of lessons learned. Their experiences can guide future success in this critical mission.


 

 
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