"This situation report reaffirms the centrality of the military(and the Congolese security sector in general) in sustaining peace in the DRC - in particular, its increasing relevance in the run-up to national elections in 2006. Beginning with a brief overview of the strategic plan developed for the establishment of a new armed force for the DRC (the FARDC or Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo), this situation report discusses some of the challenges facing national and internationally supported institutions mandated to coordinate Security Sector Reform (SSR) and DDR activities, and finally looks at the current status of the DDR process (outlining some of the key elements for the successful demobilisation and integration of the various forces)."