Operation RS, Afghanistan


Basic information:

Official name:

Resolute support

Foundation:

1. january 2015

Umiestnenie v Afganistane

Location:

Afghanistan

Mission HQ:

RS Headquarters, Kabul

Mission Commander:

gen. John F. Campbell (USA)

Slovak Contingent Commander:

Maj. Richard BENIAK

Mandate of Slovak forces in the operation:

66 (resolution of the NC SR No .1327 of 11th december 2014)

Current number of Slovak forces in the operation:

38 (June 2015)

Website:

NATO RS website

The new Resolute Support Mission (RSM) was launched on 1 January 2015, following the decision of the North Atlantic Council of 28 November 2014 and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Considering its general characteristics, RSM differs from the previous ISAF operation insofar as it is a smaller and non-combat mission (involving approx. 12,000 troops). The overall aim of RSM is to build and develop the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), which will be able, under effective civilian governance and oversight, to face the security challenges in the country. The ultimate objective of RSM is to reach a state of affairs when the Afghan government is capable of assuming full responsibility for its own country whilst respecting human rights and the rule of law, without NATO’s support.

The Resolute Support Mission is mainly designed to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces. The essential functions of RSM include:

TRAINING

  1. Design and development of training programmes
  2. Construction and support of training institutions with the aim of generating and training AFG forces
  3. Introduction and development of training assessment
  4. The training of the ANSF is oriented towards:
    1. measures to prevent civilian casualties
    2. the conduct of operations within the legal framework
    3. human rights protection
    4. protection and respect for women and children
    5. anti-corruption measures
    6. military/police responsibilities in conformity with the Afghan Constitution and legislation
ADVISING
  1. Support and framing of the ANSF development via observations, evaluations and reporting
  2. Information co-ordination and distribution to all levels and between respective components
  3. Civilian governance and oversight over ANSF
ASSISTING
  1. Design and development of the ANSF’s systems, processes and procedures for planning, programming and financial management and administrative support
RSM’s basic command and control structure has been taken over from ISAF’s command structure, with ISAF Regional Commands having been transformed to Train, Advise and Assist Commands (TAACs), as follows:

TAAC – North, HQ Mazar-e Sharif
TAAC – South, HQ Kandahar KAF
TAAC – East, HQ FOB Gamberi
TAAC – West, HQ Herat
TAAC – Capital, HQ Kabul KAIA


The engagement of the SVK Armed Forces in RSM:
  1. The Special Operations Forces (SOF) capability involving up to 30 service personnel to provide training, advisory and assistance missions to the ANSF’s SOFs in the area of SOF capability generation, to be located at TAAC – C, HQ Kabul KAIA and deployed within the entire area of RSM operations.
  2. A contribution to the RSM command structure involving up to 8 service personnel to execute assignments within RSM’s TAACs.
  3. A National Support Element (NSE) contribution involving up to 9 service personnel to provide national command and control and co-ordination of operational tasks.
  4. The Deployable Communications Module (DCM) involving up to 16 service personnel within RSM’s TAACs.
  5. A medical support contribution up to ROLE 1&2 involving up to 3 service personnel to provide general medical support within RSM’s TAACs.


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