Dec. 18, 2017 —
Information and communications technology (ICT) is vital to modern post-conflict security,
stability, reconstruction, and development operations for both the intervening civil-military
elements and the affected nation.
The U.S. Government should designate ICT as critical infrastructure and an essential service on
par with roads, power, and water and grant it the same priority regarding resource allocation and
funding. Research continues to demonstrate the efficacy of ICT as a powerful enabler of security,
governance, social development, and economic growth in post-conflict and developing countries.
The U.S. Government and the International Community should formally address ICT in
OCONUS policy and doctrine and designate lead agencies responsible for coordinating
OCONUS civil-military ICT efforts.
The U.S. Government should consider ICT in all phases of future engagements—preparation,
planning, execution, drawdown, and transition—so as to more fully and effectively leverage ICT
to achieve mission goals. There is a definitive need for the U.S. Government to include a civil
and commercial ICT advisory function as a core capability in future interventions. Such an entity
would support decision-making by leadership, coordinate ICT efforts with the US Interagency
and the International Community, and advise the affected nation on the recovery and
rehabilitation of its ICT sector.