USACE - Afghanistan Engineer District

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Mission: Deliver timely / quality infrastructure and services in support of the integrated Afghan National Security / Coalition Forces’ counter-insurgency (COIN) operations aimed at protecting the population and defeating the Anti-Afghanistan Forces (AAF). On order, provide sustainable development projects for the Afghan people that employ the populace, build skilled human capital, and promote the future stability of Afghanistan.

Broader Purpose: Establish enduring District programs and tools to deliver quality infrastructure as a key Coalition Force enabler. Leverage USACE competencies and resources to affect capacity development and improve the lives of the Afghan people.

Key Tasks:

End State: The infrastructure provided by the District and our partners enable the ANSF to secure the country and earn the support of the Afghan people. The increased security leads to economic growth and allows the GIRoA the freedom to govern the country and sustain the stability provided by our partners. In this environment, our investment in Afghan Engineers will enable them to build their own country and prosper into the future.

AED-North operations generally fall into four major program areas:

  1. Afghan National Security Forces Program The Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) acts in partnership with the Afghanistan Government and the international community to plan, program and implement reform of the Afghan police and defense sectors to strengthen the rule of law and deter terrorism within the borders. USACE contributes to the Afghanistan Security Forces Program by designing and constructing facilities for the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and other defense sectors. Typical facilities consist of barracks, dining, administration, maintenance, utility systems and other associated structures to meet ANSF mission requirements.
  2. U.S./Coalition Forces Power Projection Program Under this program, USACE provides engineering and technical support to the Department of Defense and its military construction requirements in Afghanistan. These requirements include runways, airfield facilities, ammunition supply points, military housing, operations centers, and associated infrastructure and utility systems.
  3. Counter-Narcotics/Border Management Initiative (CN/BMI Program) This program oversees the construction of forward operating bases and border crossings, as well as other projects such as the National Investigative Unit, Judicial Center and Joint Aviation Facilities in Afghanistan.
  4. Strategic Reconstruction Program Through this program, the AED staff works with CSTC-A, USAID, and other donor nations and agencies to identify areas where projects have an immediate effect building alternative livelihoods, creating ownership and eroding enemy support. Some Strategic Reconstruction projects are funded by the Commander’s Emergency Relief Program (CERP) and include projects such as water management studies, alternative power initiatives, and construction of national and provincial roads and micro-hydro power stations. Road projects are critical for two primary reasons. First, they provide improved access for coalition, Afghan National Army and Afghan police forces to ensure security throughout the country. Second, road projects improve access for Afghan people to participate in governance, education, health, trade and other development projects.

AED-North is committed to help build Afghanistan’s national capacity. On any given day, as many as 20,000 Afghans are at work on Corps projects scattered around the country. AED- North’s Afghan First Initiative goal is to place more work with Afghan nationals and firms. The number of Afghan construction firms submitting proposals on AED’s projects has significantly increased. Currently about 79 percent of AED contract awards are being awarded to Afghan or Afghan-American firms.

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