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Agribusiness Development Teams (ADT) in Afghanistan Handbook

Handbook 10-10
November 2009

CALL Handbook 10-10: Agribusiness Development Teams (ADT) in Afghanistan Handbook

Agribusiness Development Team Command and Control

Chapter 3

"The 1-19th Indiana Agribusiness Development Team [ADT] remains OPCON [operational control] to TF [task force] Yukon (TF Spartan, 4/25th BCT [brigade combat team] [Airborne]), FOB [forward operating base] Salerno, Afghanistan."

-Commander, Indiana Agribusiness Development Team-01


An ADT is a mission-specific, combat multiplier organization in the counterinsurgency environment. ADTs serve in the Combined Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (CJTF-A) area of operations and are under the command and control (C2) of the BCT to which they are attached. The BCT commander may place the ADT under the OPCON of one of his battalion task force commanders.

C2 is the exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander/leader over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission. C2 functions are performed through an arrangement of personnel, equipment, communications, facilities, and procedures employed by a commander in planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling forces and operations in the accomplishment of the mission.1

Combined Joint Task Force-Afghanistan Mission Statement

In conjunction with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IROA) and joint, interagency, and multinational forces, CJTF-A conducts full spectrum operations to disrupt insurgent forces in the combined joint operations area, develops an Afghanistan national security capacity, and supports the growth of governance and development to build a stable Afghanistan.

Agribusiness Development Team Mission Statement

ADTs provide basic agricultural education and services (conduct stability operations) for the people of Afghanistan commencing not later than May 2008 to support the effectiveness of the IROA.

Figure 3-1 shows the typical ADT task organization: C2 of the BCT commander, OPCON of the battalion task force commander, and administrative support from the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) commander. The PRT provides the administrative and logistical support to the ADT. If the PRT is not able to provide administrative control support, the BCT will provide it.


Graphic showing Task organization


BDE: Brigade
BN: Battalion
XO: Executive officer
NCOIC: Noncommissioned officer in charge
USDA: U.S. Department of Agriculture
USAID: U.S. Agency for International Development
HQ: Headquarters
SECFOR: Security forces
TL: Team leader

O6: Colonel
O4: Major
O3: Captain
O2: First lieutenant
E9: Sergeant major
E7: Sergeant first class
E6: Staff sergeant
E5: Sergeant
E4: Corporal

Figure 3-1. Task organization


Reporting Requirements

Standard reporting for ADTs is through the ADT's OPCON chain of command according to the BCT's standing operating procedures.

To maintain the overall operational picture for all ADTs in theater, ADT activities will be reported to the BCT commander and directly to the CJTF-A director of strategic effects (CJ9) in the form of a provincial update brief (Figure 3-2) and briefed by each ADT commander during a National Guard Bureau (NGB) bimonthly conference call. (Note: The NGB is the program manager for the ADT program.) This information is forwarded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service by the ADT program manger, where it is added to an interagency Afghan project database.


Graphic showing Example ADT provincial update briefing slide
Figure 3-2. Example ADT provincial update briefing slide



1. Center for Army Lessons Learned Handbook 09-37, Small-Unit Operations in Afghanistan, June 2009.

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