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
Websites with Info on CERP
Blog Posts by Afghan War News Blog
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.
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.
U.S. Commanders Spent $2 Billion of Petty Cash in Afghanistan".