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Author Paul, Christopher, 1971- author.

Title What works best when building partner capacity in challenging contexts / Christopher Paul, Jannifer D.P. Moroney, Beth Grill, Colin P. Clarke, Lisa Saum-Manning, Heather Peterson, Brian Gordon.

Publication Info. Santa Monica : Rand Corporation, [2015]


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Description 1 online resource (xix, 58 pages) : black and white illustration, black and white chart.
Series [Research report] ; RR-937-OSD
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-937-OSD.
Note "August 21, 2015"--Table of contents page.
"Prepared for the Joint Staff J5, the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy"--Preface.
"National Defense Research Institute."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-58).
Contents Preface -- Figures and Tables -- Summary -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Chapter One: Introduction: Methods and Approach -- Outline of the Remainder of the Report -- Chapter Two: Insights from Building Partner Capacity in Four Contextually Challenging Cases: Results from a Previous Study Largely Validated in the New Case Studies -- Additional Comparative Observations -- Chapter Three: Contextual Challenges, Disrupters, and Workarounds: Variations in How Contextual Challenges Play Out -- Input and Disrupter Categories -- Disrupters and Workarounds, by Disrupter Category -- Chapter Four: Recommendations: Get Your Own House in Order -- Anticipate Challenges and Plan Accordingly -- Match Delivery to Partners' Willingness, Interests, and Absorption Capacity -- Plan for Sustainment -- Strive for Consistency, but Retain Agility -- Appendix: Catalog of Identified Disrupters -- References.
Summary "For both diplomatic and national security reasons, security cooperation continues to be important for the United States. The needs and existing capabilities of various nations differ, however, as will results. In previous research, RAND identified a series of factors that correlate with the success of building partner capacity (BPC) efforts. Some of these are under U.S. control, and some are inherent in the partner nation or under its control. Strategic imperatives sometimes compel the United States to work with PNs that lack favorable characteristics but with which the United States needs to conduct BPC anyway. This report explores what the United States can do, when conducting BPC in challenging contexts, to maximize prospects for success. The authors address this question using the logic model outlined in a companion report and examining a series of case studies, looking explicitly at the challenges that can interfere with BPC. Some of the challenges stemmed from U.S. shortcomings, such as policy or funding issues; others from the partner's side, including issues with practices, personalities, baseline capacity, and lack of willingness; still others from disagreements among various stakeholders over objectives and approaches. Among the factors correlated with success in overcoming these challenges were consistency of funding and implementation, shared security interests, and matching objectives with the partner nation's ability to absorb and sustain capabilities."--Back cover.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed October 09, 2015).
Subject Military assistance, American.
Military education -- International cooperation.
Soldiers -- Training of -- International cooperation.
National security -- International cooperation.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Security (National & International)
Added Author National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), issuing body.
Other Form: Print version:Paul, Christopher, 1971- What works best when building partner capacity in challenging contexts. Santa Monica : Rand Corporation, [2015] 0833088718 (OCoLC)916721604
ISBN 9780833093325 (electronic bk.)
0833093320 (electronic bk.)
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