The past 19 years of war have impacted the U.S. Army in countless ways. One is arguably on its most precious capability—its officer leaders. As the Army rose to war-related challenges, it did so at leader-development costs. Little time, focus, and a battle environment left developing others and oneself low on the list of priorities.
Despite the high cost and high frequency of failure in expatriate assignments, the potential value and U.S. participation in stabilization efforts create conditions for locally legitimate authorities to manage conflict and prevent violence. Stability functions conducted by the U.S. government include security, foreign humanitarian assistance, economic stabilization and infrastructure, the rule of law, and governance.