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Commander's Emergency
Response Program (CERP)

One of the more highly-regarded programs in the counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan was the Commander's Emergency Response Program or CERP. This program put money in the hands of lower-echelon commander's that could be used in a quick (not always) fashion for a variety of purposes - usually associated with development at the community or district level. Certainly there was a lot of waste and inefficiencies involved in CERP; however, despite the program's many critics it served an important function during a critical time.

State Department Interference. Unfortunately, late in the war (circa 2012-2013) there were some regional command Senior Civilian Representatives (SCRs) that shut it down (regrettably). In January 2014 SIGAR launched an investigation as to why only 57% of CERP funds were executed in Afghanistan in five years (can you spell State Department?). See CERP Investigation.


Websites with Info on CERP

Blog Posts by Afghan War News Blog
http://afghanwarnews.blogspot.com/search/label/CERP


Papers and Pubs about CERP

RAND, Investing in the Fight, RAND Corporation, November 2016. This 320-page report assesses the use of the Commander's Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan in support of tactical operations during the counterinsurgency campaign.
http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1508.html


News Reports about CERP

January 6, 2017. "Did U.S. aid win hearts and minds in Afghanistan? Yes and no.", by Renard Sexton, The Washington Post. The author, a doctoral student, says that CERP was effective in secure districts but not so effective in contested districts.

May 15, 2015. "How U.S. Commanders Spent $2 Billion of Petty Cash in Afghanistan". Pro Publica.

 

 


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