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The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased toinitiate its latest monograph series, Operation IRAQIFREEDOM Key Decisions. SSI started this projectin an effort to give leaders of the U.S. Armed Forcessome important insights into how militaryMoreThe Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) is pleased toinitiate its latest monograph series, Operation IRAQIFREEDOM Key Decisions. SSI started this projectin an effort to give leaders of the U.S. Armed Forcessome important insights into how military advicewas provided to the Nation’s civilian leadershipduring the many years—including the months beforethe invasion—of the war in Iraq. Understanding theways that military leaders advise those who exercisecivilian control over the military is important for thecontinuing prosecution of that war, but also for theinevitable next time that the United States considersembarking on such an endeavor. A second objective ofthis series is to provide military and civilian leaders aclearer picture of what they must do to ensure that U.S.Armed Forces are properly prepared—with strategy,doctrine, force structure, equipment, training, andleadership—for future operations.Literature about the war in Iraq is already extensive,although—as the Foreword states—the definitivehistory of the war is still undoubtedly years away.However, most of the writing—by policymakers,journalists, scholars, and other students of nationalsecurity issues—focuses on the effects of variousdecisions, not on the decisions themselves. Forexample, there is ample writing about how the 2003decision to “de-Ba’athify” the Iraqi government wasexecuted and what effects it had. How that decisionwas made, though, has been studied less. With thisseries, SSI intends to make a valuable addition to theliterature on the war in Iraq by addressing the how andwhy of various key strategic decisions that were madeover the past 8-plus years of planning and fighting.