Convergence of Errors: Leadership Failures Contributing to Abu Ghraib Abuses

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Joint Command and Staff Programme 38
Distance Learning

Rank & Name: Major Lynne Chaloux

Syndicate No: 1

Directing Staff: BGen Gagnon

Course: JCSP 38 DL

Assignment Code: D1/DS 541/EFF/LN-2

Assignment Name: Leadership Research Paper

Convergence of Errors: Leadership Failures Contributing to Abu Ghraib Abuses


Assessor: Marc Imbeault



Convergence of Errors:
Leadership Failures Contributing to Abu Ghraib Abuses

Introduction The purpose of this persuasive essay is to reveal the key leadership factors contributing to events that occurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom at Abu Ghraib Confinement Facility in Iraq between October and December 2003. “The abuses at Abu Ghraib primarily fall into two categories: a) intentional violent or sexual abuse [against detainees], and b) abusive actions taken based on misinterpretations or confusion regarding law or policy.”[1] From the standpoint of “Leading the Institution,” it will be argued that authorities failed to develop of a coherent body of policy or procedures[2] regarding detainee operations, which would have served to appropriately and consistently guide actions in the field and thus enable success. Instead, policy was inconsistent, ambiguous and changing – resulting in confusion regarding morally and legally acceptable standards for interrogation and detention. These lapses in policy contributed mostly to the second category of abuse.[3] From the standpoint of “Leading People,” it will be argued that the absence of effective supervision was the key contributing factor to the events at Abu Ghraib, whereby leaders failed to “monitor, inspect, correct, and evaluate.”[4] It will be demonstrated that “leaders… failed to supervise subordinates or provide direct oversight of this…...

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