Document symbol: PK/G/2005
'Re-hatting' ECOWAS Forces as UN Peacekeepers
The report recommends adopting a joint planning approach if there is a possibility of re-hatting. This would lay the foundation for future transition. Additionally, an essential step in the re-hatting process is to strike a balance between planned tasks and known capabilities, through limiting tasks in the early stages of deployment to those that can be realistically achieved. This report also recommends the establishment of common doctrinal guidelines, key norms to address the critical questions relating to command and control, capabilities required, and the steps that need to be taken to achieve a smooth transition. The absence of these elements is a significant obstacle to a more coordinated approach. Further, the report emphasizes the importance of all troop contributors meeting minimum standards of capability and self-sustainment, which is particularly important in the early stages following transition. Perhaps the most crucial of all issues is the need for effective command and control.
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