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CIVIL-MILITARY ENGAGEMENT Like other CMSEs, the element in Sri Lanka was able to provide access for SOF into undergoverned territories and produced a tremendous amount of civil information that drove the information cycle. However, the primary reason for SOF success in Sri Lanka was the CMEs ability to synchronize SOF and DOS objectives.38 As regionally aligned commanders begin conducting their missions, they would be served well by having a presence in country, focused on synchronizing their missions with the DOS plans. Conclusion Bay of Bengal Jaffina Trincomalee Mannar Gulf of Mannar Anuradahapura Polonnaruwa It is well documented that ineffective Batticaloa governance creates the conditions for terrorist and extremist organizations to find Matale safe haven and grow in power that jeoparNegombo dizes global stability and U.S. security. In Kandy Kalmunai response, USSOCOM developed a camColombo paign to counter those threats, placing emBadulla phasis on legitimizing local governance and mitigating sources of instability that fuel insurgent growth and provide insurgents Ratnapura with safe haven. Critical to this campaign Beruwata is the CME program, which provides the commanders access and information in Galle targeted regions, but perhaps more importantly, can serve as a vanguard for DOS efforts in assisting host-nation governance in Indian Ocean order to marginalize terrorist organizations. (Map by Michael Hogg, Military Review, Visual Information Specialist) While the CME program has provided tremendous value to USSOCOM, the potential Sri Lanka advantages it provides should not end there. Given the Army’s concept of unified land operations, it through an MFP-2 source. This program should FORSCOM may also benefit from utilizing the support stability tasks and enhance local governance; CME program in support of GCC objectives. The at a minimum, this program is capable of increasing CME program has a strong potential to benefit the communication between DOD commanders and regionally aligned forces if the GCC’s choose to fund DOS in their targeted regions. Maj. Christian A. Carr, U.S. Army, is a civil affairs officer stationed at Special Operations Command Central. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, an MMAS with Art of War designation, and an MS in administration from Central Michigan University. He has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom-Philippines, and Inherent Resolve. MILITARY REVIEW  March-April 2016 67