The RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool

The RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool

Christopher Paul
Michael Nixon
Heather Peterson
Beth Grill
Jessica Yeats
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 74
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt5vjwg5
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    The RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool
    Book Description:

    Recent RAND research identified practices and contextual factors associated with greater or lesser degrees of success in security cooperation. A related diagnostic tool maximizes the utility of these analyses and can help defense planners identify potential mismatches between security cooperation funding, priorities, and propensity for success with a given country.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8460-6
    Subjects: Technology, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures and Tables
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. ix-xii)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction: Prioritizing Security Cooperation
    (pp. 1-4)

    Security cooperationis the umbrella term used to describe a wide range of programs and activities “conducted with allies and friendly nations to build relationships that promote specified U.S. interests, build allied and friendly nation capabilities for self-defense and coalition operations, [and] provide U.S. forces with peacetime and contingency access.”¹ Security cooperation activities remain an important line of effort for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD):

    Since the United States assumed the role of a leading security provider after the end of World War II, DoD has worked actively to build the defense capacity of allied and partner states …....

  9. CHAPTER TWO Foundational RAND Research: What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity and Under What Circumstances?
    (pp. 5-10)

    The core of the theoretical foundation for this effort and the RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool comes from the 2013 RAND reportWhat Works Best When Building Partner Capacity and Under What Circumstances?(MG-1253/1-OSD). That report includes detailed individual and comparative analyses of U.S. efforts to build partner capacity in 29 countries since the end of the Cold War. This chapter provides a summary of methods and findings from that research. We combined these findings with results from a broader range of security cooperation–related research to build the model that underlies the tool (as described in...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Research and Tool Development
    (pp. 11-20)

    The chapter describes the process through which we developed the RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool. Again, the purpose of the tool is to help planners identify possible mismatches between the priority of or funds spent on security cooperation and the prospects that security cooperation will be effective. The tool’s primary contribution is its utility as a model for the propensity for security cooperation to be effective in a given country, based on historical studies of security cooperation and the broader existing literature on security cooperation effectiveness.

    The tool is essentially a quantitative model for predicting propensity for...

  11. CHAPTER FOUR The RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool
    (pp. 21-24)

    This chapter describes the tool, details its layout and function, and provides some summary information about its use.

    The RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool is a Microsoft Excel workbook with 17 nested worksheet tabs (described in Table 4.1). The first spreadsheet tab (“Read Me”) provides an overview of the tool and some instructions for its use, should a user receive the tool without this document. The next three sheets (“Top Sheet,” “Subordinate Constructs,” and “Measures”) display the overall propensity scores, category scores, construct scores, and measures for each of the 195 countries or PNs. These three sheets...

  12. CHAPTER FIVE Conclusions: Appropriate Employment of the Tool
    (pp. 25-30)

    The RAND Security Cooperation Prioritization and Propensity Matching Tool is a preliminary diagnostic device that has the virtues of being systematic, based on global data, and treating every country the same without allowing personality or expertise to play a role. It isnota substitute for thoughtful consideration of the nuances of individual countries, nor is it meant to directly support decisions in the absence of that nuanced and thoughtful consideration. What itisideal for is identifying a relatively small number of countries to scrutinize further and discerning whether possible mismatches are actual mismatches, leading to possibly fruitful policy...

  13. APPENDIX A Categories, Constructs, and Measures
    (pp. 31-36)
  14. APPENDIX B Tool Validation Through Case Studies
    (pp. 37-40)
  15. APPENDIX C Mathematical Methods
    (pp. 41-46)
  16. APPENDIX D Updating the Currency of the Tool
    (pp. 47-50)
  17. Bibliography
    (pp. 51-54)
  18. Data Sources
    (pp. 55-58)