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Legacy Rising: DoD Business Task Force Impact Evidence Grows

Legacy Rising: DoD Business Task Force Impact Evidence Grows by Jeff Goodson, Real Clear Defense

Scarcely a year after its demise at the end of 2014, evidence is now mounting that the DoD Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) may have been the most catalytic agent for economic growth since the Marshall Plan.  The evidence includes a state-of-the-art Task Force economic impact assessment, and early agreement on two enormous transnational energy projects that the Task Force facilitated.

Quantifying the impact of overseas economic development projects is notoriously difficult, and until recently hard evidence of economic impact for the $638.5 million that TFBSO spent in Afghanistan had been largely anecdotal.  That changed last November, when a year-old economic impact assessment of TFBSO’s Afghanistan operations finally came to light…

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