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United States Government Accountability Office: 
Washington, DC 20548: 

April 22, 2010: 

Congressional Committees: 

Subject: Securing and Stabilizing Iraq: An Assessment of the U.S. 
Joint Campaign Plan for Iraq: 

In the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2010, 
GAO is required to assess the extent to which the campaign plan for 
Iraq and supporting documents adhere to military doctrine, including 
the extent to which they (1) identify and prioritize the conditions 
that must be achieved in each phase of the campaign plan, (2) report 
the number of combat brigade teams and other forces required for each 
campaign phase, and (3) estimate the time needed to reach the desired 
end state and complete the military portion of the campaign.[Footnote 
1] This report must be provided to Congress no later than 180 days 
after the enactment of the NDAA, or by April 26, 2010. The NDAA also 
states that GAO should notify Congress in writing if a previously 
submitted report meets the requirements to report on the campaign plan 
for Iraq. Further, the act requires that GAO submit an updated report 
when the campaign plan is substantially updated or altered, with the 
requirement ending on December 31, 2011. 

We are writing to inform you that our September 2009 classified 
report--Securing and Stabilizing Iraq: U.S. Drawdown Plans Should 
Include Contingency Plans for Use If Key Assumptions about Security 
Conditions and Iraqi Capabilities Prove Wrong--meets the NDAA 
requirement.[Footnote 2] We note that the Commanding General of U.S. 
Forces-Iraq (USF-I) recently reported that he had developed 
contingency plans for use if the security situation deteriorates 
during the drawdown of U.S. troops.[Footnote 3, Footnote 4] 

In addition, to assist in congressional oversight, we attempted to 
provide an unclassified summary of the September 2009 classified 
report as an attachment to this letter. Specifically, we asked the 
Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to declassify 
portions of the September 2009 report, including the results in brief 
section. ODNI would not declassify the information because we relied 
on the classified March 2009 National Intelligence Estimate for Iraq 
in reaching our conclusions. 

The latest update--the 2010 Joint Campaign Plan for Iraq--was signed 
by the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and the USF-I Commanding General on 
November 23, 2009, and came into effect in January 2010.[Footnote 4] 
We are currently assessing this update to the Joint Campaign Plan and 
will issue a classified report comparing this plan with joint planning 
doctrine, in accordance with the mandate's requirement to submit a 
report when the campaign plan is substantially updated or altered. 

We are sending copies of this letter to the congressional committees 
listed below, and to the Departments of State and Defense and the 
Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

If you or your staffs have any questions about this letter, please 
contact me at (202) 512-8979 or Contact points for 
our Offices of Congressional Relations and Public Affairs may be found 
on the last page of this letter. In addition, this letter is available 
at no charge on the GAO Web Site at [hyperlink,]. 

Signed by: 

Joseph A. Christoff:
Director, International Affairs and Trade: 

List of Congressional Committees: 

The Honorable Carl Levin:
The Honorable John McCain:
Ranking Member:
Committee on Armed Services:
United States Senate: 

The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye:
The Honorable Thad Cochran:
Ranking Member:
Subcommittee on Defense:
Committee on Appropriations:
United States Senate: 

The Honorable Ike Skelton:
The Honorable Howard P. McKeon:
Ranking Member:
Committee on Armed Services:
House of Representatives: 

The Honorable Norman D. Dicks:
The Honorable C.W. Bill Young:
Ranking Member:
Subcommittee on Defense:
Committee on Appropriations:
House of Representatives: 

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[1] Pub. L. No. 111-84, Section 1226, Oct. 28, 2009. Since 2006, the 
various U.S. campaign plans for Iraq have been referred to as Joint 
Campaign Plans and signed by the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and the 
Commanding General of U.S. forces in Iraq. 

[2] GAO-09-939C. On October 2, 2009, we provided copies of this 
classified report to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee 
on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and Subcommittee on 
Defense; the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Senate Foreign 
Relations Committee; the House Armed Services Committee; and the House 
Foreign Affairs Committee. The House Appropriations Committee, 
Subcommittee on Defense, did not request a copy of the classified 

[3] News Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Gen. Odierno 
from the Pentagon. (Feb. 22, 2010). 

[4] After reviewing this letter, DOD told us that Secretary Gates and 
General Odierno have said we are on track to end our combat mission 
and reach 50,000 troops by August 31, 2010. 

[5] USF-I was then known as Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I). MNF-I 
became USF-I on January 1, 2010.