Additionally, the MNSTC-I
interim reorganization itself helped facilitate an improved engagement strategy by aligning "its structure more effectively to support building MoD and MoI capacity in these key institutional functions." (14) The DDA was stood up to better synchronize the efforts of the five advisory teams previously mentioned within the areas managed by FCTs: acquisition of people, training and development, force management, budget, acquisition of materiel, and sustainment.
Congress appropriated funding for MNSTC-I
to meet its mission of building and supporting the ISF.
forces, Colonel Timothy 'Mac' McKernan, USASAC liaison to MNSTC-I
"Combined with other improvements to its border security, the investment in this system significantly enhances security for the people of Iraq." MNSTC-I
said it had worked with Iraq's interior ministry to "facilitate" the purchase of the surveillance system but provided no further details on whether it was sold to Iraq by the US government or a private company.
However, the directorate recognized that the MNSTC-I
mission, as well as the source of construction funding, was changing.
Since December 2004, in keeping with the original NSPD mandate concerning international contributions, the MNSTC-I
Commanding General has been dual-hatted as the Commander of the NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I).
LCDR Terry Shaske from CFLSWD ASD WIGRO to MNSTC-I
, Iraq, Naval Logistics Plans Officer.
Over the past two years, MNSTC-I
J6's role evolved from providing communications capabilities to the Iraqi government to serving as advisers, educators and mentors to the chief information officers in the ministries of Interior and Defense as they assume greater leadership roles in network management.
recently added a team to work full time on contract reconciliation and clean-up as they try to make the most of available funding.
Complicating matters, although MNF-I has an air component coordination element and Multinational Corps-Iraq has an air liaison officer as the principal advisors and liaisons from the coalition force air component commander (CFACC), MNSTC-I
has no formal liaison with the CFACC.
Army LTC Reedy Hopkins, a liaison officer between MNSTC-I
and the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, has been escorted numerous times by the Rough Riders.
David Petraeus, who led the 101st Airborne Division's drive to Baghdad and now runs the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq, or MNSTC-I
. In Iraq, it is phonetically referred to as "Minsticky." One of Petraeus's priorities at Minsticky was to better arm Iraq's small military, which was woefully under-equipped to deal with terrorists and insurgents.