The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is combating an insurgency and simultaneously rebuilding its infrastructure to become a strong sovereign state no longer requiring assistance from the U.S. government (USG) or other nations. Key to the success of this effort is the provincial reconstruction team (PRT). The U.S. Army established PRTs from a need to stabilize the operating environment by developing the infrastructure and building capacity necessary for the Afghan people to succeed in a post-conflict environment.
By design, PRTs have grown into interagency and multinational teams in both organization and scope. PRTs have become an integral part of International Security Assistance Force's long-term strategy to transition the lines of security, governance, and economics to the Afghan people. As we look to the future we know the PRT effort will draw to a close and transition its efforts toward the provincial government. Until that event occurs and while it occurs it remains vital that new PRT personnel are familiar with the concepts, structure, and management of PRTs and the lessons learned and best practices established by their predecessors.
This handbook focuses on Afghanistan PRTs; the information contained in this handbook comes from multiple sources inside and outside the USG with the understanding that the way PRTs operate has changed and evolved over time.
The intent of this Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) publication is to share knowledge, support discussion, and impart lessons and information in an expeditious manner. This 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.
Special thanks to all the USG individuals who assisted in the collection and presentation of this information. In particular, thanks to the interagency contributors from the Department of State, Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. States Agency for International Development 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.