The 9010 report outlines the transition of the five remaining provinces to Iraqi control. Budget shortfalls due to falling oil prices will hamper the growth of the Iraqi Security Forces in 2009.
The development of engineering units is crucial in allowing the Iraqi Security Forces to independently support operations and clear roadside bombs.
The Interior Ministry continues building a National Emergency Response Brigade while training and arming the forces continues.
While much is known about the development of the Iraqi Security Forces, there are major gaps in the publicly available information concerning these forces.
Iraqi Army buying more M1 Tanks; Iraqi National Police buying Strykers for its mechanized divisions; Iraqi Navy doubling; Iraqi Air Force buying first real light attack aircraft.
Iraq’s National Police will begin to take over internal security as capabilities increase, freeing the Army to focus on external threats.
Iraqi forces are massing in Mosul to battle al Qaeda and the insurgency.
Armored and mechanized forces convert the existing, basic light infantry force into a heavier, more capable force able to deal with external threats.