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Colonel Ian Hope is an instructor at the U.S. Army War College. Previous assignments included commander of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group (Task Force Orion) under Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from January to August 2006, during which his soldiers experienced intense and sustained combat. He has 28 years of service in uniform, including 17 years in infantry and airborne battalions in the Canadian and British armies. His operational experiences include multiple tours in the Balkans, Africa, and Afghanistan. Colonel Hope has served as a strategic planner with United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and with NATO Headquarters International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan. In this latter assignment, he was seconded to the Afghan Ministry of Finance to formulate a development strategy for that country. He has also served as the Canadian liaison officer to United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida. Colonel Hope holds a Bachelor of History Degree (Honours) from Acadia University, a Masters of Military Arts and Science, and a Masters of Strategic Studies. He is currently qualified PhD in history (working on dissertation) with Queen’s University. Colonel Hope is a graduate of the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies and graduated from the U.S. Army War College in June 2008.
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Authored by COL Ian Hope.
The author discusses the traditional importance of unity of command in American doctrine and practice from World War I until now, and how this principle has been forsaken in the evolution of military command for Afghanistan. He argues for a renewal of understanding of the importance of unity of command and recommends amending the Unified Command Plan to invest one "supreme commander" with responsibility for the current Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Joint Operations Area.