What works best when building partner capacity and under what circumstances?

The United States has a long history of helping other nations develop and improve their military and other security forces. However, changing economic realities and the ongoing reductions in overall defense spending related to the end of more than a decade of war will affect the funding available fo...

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Main Author: Paul, Christopher
Corporate Authors: National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), International Security and Defense Policy Center, Rand Corporation, United States Department of Defense
Other Authors: Clarke, Colin P., Grill, Beth, Young, Stephanie
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Monica, CA RAND 2012, 2012
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The United States has a long history of helping other nations develop and improve their military and other security forces. However, changing economic realities and the ongoing reductions in overall defense spending related to the end of more than a decade of war will affect the funding available for these initiatives. How can the U.S. Department of Defense increase the effectiveness of its efforts to build partner capacity while also increasing the efficiency of those efforts? And what can the history of U.S. efforts to build partner capacity reveal about which approaches are likely to be more or less effective under different circumstances? To tackle these complex questions and form a base of evidence to inform policy discussions and investment decisions, a RAND study collected and compared 20 years of data on 29 historical case studies of U.S. involvement in building partner capacity. In the process, it tested a series of validating factors and hypotheses (many of which are rooted in "common knowledge") to determine how they stand up to real-world case examples of partner capacity building. The results reveal nuances in outcomes and context, pointing to solutions and recommendations to increase the effectiveness of current and future U.S. initiatives to forge better relationships, improve the security and stability of partner countries, and meet U.S. policy and security objectives worldwide
Item Description:"RAND National Defense Research Institute.". - "This research was ... conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute"--Preface
Physical Description:xxiv, 101 pages illustrations
ISBN:083307850X
9780833078506