after-action report

af·​ter-ac·​tion report

Definition of after-action report

: a detailed critical summary or analysis of a past event (such as a military action) made for the purposes of re-assessing decisions and considering possible alternatives for future reference Prior to leaving Saigon for Honolulu, Harkins had requested and received from Vann a special after-action report on the July 20 engagement.— Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988 called also after-action review

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“After-action report.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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