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NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

Resolute_SupportWebsite: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_113694.htm

Location: Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

Resolute Support is an international task force whose mission is to provide further training, advice and assistance for Afghan institutions and the Afghan security forces. It is intended to further the ‘Afghanisation’ of military and security work in the country, replacing NATO’s direct military role.

As of June 2015 it consisted of some 13,223 personnel from NATO and partner nations. It was launched in early January 2015 after the completion of the mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Much of the ISAF infrastructure was folded into Resolute Support, including the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A), now redesignated CJ7. Resolute Support is based in Kabul and Bagram Airfield, with four local ‘spokes’: Mazar-e Sharif, Herat, Kandahar and Laghman.

Key functions:

  • Supporting planning, programming and budgeting;
  • Assuring transparency, accountability and oversight;
  • Supporting the adherence to the principles of rule of law and good governance;
  • Supporting the establishment and sustainment of such processes as force generation, recruiting, training, managing and development of personnel

The Resolute Support mission engages in C-IED training and activity through the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Counter-IED Directorate.

Resolute Support’s predecessor, ISAF, was provided with a forensic IED-aftermath analysis lab by the European Defence Agency.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.