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Building Partner Capabilities for Coalition Operations

Building Partner Capabilities for Coalition Operations

Jennifer D. P. Moroney
Nancy E. Blacker
Renee Buhr
James McFadden
Cathryn Quantic Thurston
Anny Wong
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 122
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    Building Partner Capabilities for Coalition Operations
    Book Description:

    Ongoing operations and emerging mission requirements place a heavy burden on Army resources, resulting in capability gaps that the Army is unable to fill by itself. One solution is to build the appropriate capabilities in allies and partner armies through focused security cooperation. To do this, Army planners need a more comprehensive understanding of the capability gaps and a process for matching those gaps with candidate partner armies.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-4429-7
    Subjects: Political Science, Management & Organizational Behavior

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xxii)
  9. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    Major challenges confront the U.S. Army as it seeks to enhance its ability to work more effectively with partner armies in an operational context. U.S.- and NATO-led operations in Iraq and Afghanistan provide recent examples of large-scale coalitions. Efforts in Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, Sinai, and Somalia also demonstrate that the U.S. Army must be able to operate effectively with many different partner armies of varying capabilities around the world. These and other missions are creating competing demands for Army capabilities that result in requirement gaps that the Army is unable to fill.

    This monograph argues that U.S. Army planners need...

  10. CHAPTER TWO The Challenge of Building Partner Capability and Capacity: Theory and Practice
    (pp. 7-26)

    This chapter provides an overview of the current challenges associated with building capabilities and capacity with partner armies. It is divided into three sections, beginning with the study’s assumptions regarding security cooperation, followed by a discussion of the theory of collective action.

    Section two provides an overview of the challenge of developing metrics to evaluate Army security cooperation activities. It describes the U.S. Army’s role in the development of capability and capacity metrics and shows how they can be linked to security cooperation programs to assess outputs and outcomes relevant to the desired end-states.

    Section three provides key findings from...

  11. CHAPTER THREE Identifying U.S. Army Capability Gaps for Coalition Operations
    (pp. 27-38)

    This chapter identifies U.S. Army capability gaps¹ based on known requirements identified through a review of national and DoD strategic and operational guidance documents and Army studies on capability gaps. The intent is to identify a set of capability gaps that might be met by developing relevant capabilities in partner armies. Comparing multiple studies provided a way to corroborate the importance of specific capability gaps. Many capabilities appeared in two or more of the studies considered, despite the different methodologies used by the authors. This finding increased the study team’s confidence in the list of capability gaps discussed at the...

  12. CHAPTER FOUR Matching U.S. Army Capability Gaps to Candidate Partner Armies
    (pp. 39-62)

    This chapter develops a five-step process for matching the capability gaps identified in Chapter Three with candidate partner armies.¹ For a variety of political, economic, or operational reasons, not every U.S. Army capability gap can, or should, be filled by a partner army. It presents criteria designed to help Army planners assess the extent to which U.S. Army capability gaps are appropriate for partner armies to fill.² Additionally, the chapter provides factors to consider when selecting partner armies for security cooperation training or equipment programs.

    The second section focuses on the Georgia TEP to illustrate the five-step process. Specifically, the...

  13. CHAPTER FIVE Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 63-66)

    The U.S. Army is facing tremendous demands on personnel, equipment, and other critical resources. The Global War on Terrorism, (GWOT), SSTRO, and other emerging missions are creating competing demands for Army capabilities that result in COCOM requirement gaps that the Army is pressed hard to fill. National and DoD strategic guidance, including the BPC Execution Roadmap, emphasizes the need to leverage the capabilities of allies and partners around the world to fill these gaps and bolster their defense self-sufficiency. From a political perspective, gaining the support of allies and partners may lead to effective cooperation and long-term sustainment of capabilities....

  14. APPENDIX A Illustrative Train and Equip Programs
    (pp. 67-80)
  15. APPENDIX B Explanation of Capability Gaps
    (pp. 81-88)
  16. APPENDIX C Coalition Partner Contributions to U.S.-Led Operations
    (pp. 89-96)
  17. Bibliography
    (pp. 97-100)