From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]
Today the Pentagon’s Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) released the 230-page report of the Iraq Perspective Project (IPP).
Kevin Woods is a defense analyst in Washington, D.C. James Lacey is a military analyst for the U.S. Joint Forces Command. Williamson Murray is Class of 1957 Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy. Along with Mark Stout and Michael Pease, they were the principal participants in the USJFCOM Iraqi Perspectives Project.
The fall of Baghdad in April 2003 opened one of the most secretive and brutal governments in history to outside scrutiny. For the first time
since the end of World War II, American analysts did not have to guess what had happened on the other side of a conflict but could actually
read the defeated enemy’s documents and interrogate its leading figures. To make the most of this unique opportunity, the U.S. Joint
Forces Command (USJFCOM) commissioned a comprehensive study of the inner workings and behavior of Saddam Hussein’s regime based on previously inaccessible primary sources. Drawing on interviews with dozens of captured senior Iraqi military and political leaders and
hundreds of thousands of official Iraqi documents (hundreds of them fully translated), this two-year project has changed our understanding of the war from the ground up. The study was partially declassified in late February.