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INFORMATION PAPER ILE Phase II Class 119 20 January 2014

SUBJECT: Advise and Assist Brigades/Modular Brigades Augmented for Security Force Assistance

1. Purpose: To provide an overview and information on the Advise and Assist Brigades/Modular Brigades Augmented for Security Force Assistance.

2. Facts:

a. Advise and Assist Brigades/Modular Brigades Augmented for Security Force Assistance (AABs/MBs-SFA) refer to brigades selected to conduct security force assistance. They are also called BCT-stability (BCT-S) or SFA brigades (SFABs). This is not a new formation, but a variant of the standard BCT augmented with additional forces, personnel or capabilities such as engineers, military police, and civil
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There are five SFA tasks: organize, train, equip, rebuild and build, and advise and assist. The three types of SFA include advising, partnering, and augmenting.1

e. The mission of AABs/MBs-SFA is to train, equip, advise, assist and enable professional security forces to take the lead and to protect civilian efforts in the host nation. This is different from the traditional war fighting that soldiers are trained to do. It necessitates a change of culture, way of thinking and mindset. The modular brigade augmented for security force assistance handbook provides a useful reference and guidance to assist the BCT in effectively manning, equipping and training the force for conducting SFA.3 It is imperative that AABs/MBs-SFA are trained in host nation culture, language, and an understanding of Foreign Security Force (FSF) systems, operations, and procedures.

f. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the modular BCT has been the right organizational structure to form the core of SFA when augmented with senior level advisory capability. The advisor teams and partnered units are under a singular BCT commander, ensuring unity of effort and purpose. It can train and mentor large host nation formations and at the same time, is capable of conducting full spectrum operations to

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