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First with the Truth: Synchronized Communications in the Counterinsurgency Fight

August 15, 2011

The 82d Airborne Division’s 2009–2010 rotation as the core headquarters for Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 82 and Regional Command(East)—RC(E)—in Afghanistan marked an innovative break with the past in evolving counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine and practice.1 In the critical area of synchronized communications, CJTF82 implemented new approaches at the CJTF level. Both structural and conceptual, these changes marked a clear departure from past practices, refined existing procedures and suggested new doctrinal concepts and approaches.