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Teaching Notes for The Kuwait Task Force: Postconflict Planning and Interagency Coordination, by Dennis Barlow.

Virtually all national security planners decry the lack of interagency planning and cooperation, yet very few attempts have been made to codify or solidify this critical process successfully. This case study demonstrates that a great part of insuring interagency cooperation and integration rests with mid-level planners and staff members. They must not only know their own area of expertise, but need to be ready to advocate courses of action by identifying and utilizing interagency mechanisms and “openings” to energize the system.