Resolute Support is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). It was launched on 1 January 2015, following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, and the assumption of full security responsibility by the ANDSF.
The Resolute Support Mission currently comprises around 16,000 personnel from 39 NATO Allies and partners. It operates with one ‘hub’ (Kabul/Bagram) and four ‘spokes’ (Mazar-e-Sharif in the north, Herat in the west, Kandahar in the south, and Laghman in the east). In addition to the train, advice and assist its purpose is:
- to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan
- to protect its citizens in a sustainable manner
Resolute Support Mission focuses primarily on training, advice and assistance activities at the security-related ministries, in the country’s institutions, and among the senior ranks of the army and police.
The mission performs supporting functions in several areas. These include:
• operational planning;
• budgetary development;
• force generation process;
• management and development of personnel;
• logistical sustainment;
• civilian oversight (in order to ensure the Afghan security forces and institutions act in accordance with the rule of law and good governance).
NATO is strongly committed to its mission in Afghanistan. NATO’s support to Afghanistan is focused on three main areas:
• the NATO-led Resolute Support mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions;
• funding of the Afghan security forces as part of a broader international effort;
• and the NATO-Afghanistan Enduring Partnership, which is being developed jointly with the Government of Afghanistan.