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All the Elements of National Power March 1, 2016 — Such is the diversity and proliferation of threats to the security of the United States and its allies that all the elements of national strength must be mobilized to meet the challenge. As we confront this onslaught, in a time of fiscal constraint, it is especially imprudent to tap only 50 percent of our population in support of national and international security. Failing to realize the human capital represented by women and other frequently excluded constituents weakens our ability to provide for the common defense and protect our interests around the world. Two of our authors write, “Politically and militarily we have consistently drawn from less than half of our available talent.” Noteworthy, and noted by authors in this issue of PRISM, our adversaries, including Boko Haram and ISIS, do not make the same mistake. MORE

Security and Prosperity in Africa Go Hand in Hand February 3, 2016 — Washington's strategy must go beyond mere weapons training. MORE

DoD Directive 5205.82 - Defense Institution Building (DIB) January 27, 2016 — This issuance Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction regarding the planning, management, and conduct of DIB by DoD, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5111.1; the November 30, 2006, Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum; DoDD 5132.03; DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.68; and Titles 10 and 22, United States Code (U.S.C.). MORE

Defense Institution Building: An Asssessment January 1, 2016 — This report presents an analysis of a range of DIB activities, recommends a set of goals and objectives for achieving them, identifies partner nation and DIB activity selection criteria, develops a strategy for coordinating DIB activities, and recommends procedures for achieving accountability and assessment. MORE

Enhancing Security Cooperation Effectiveness: A Model for Capability Package Planning January 1, 2016 — Enabling collective action through partner capacity-building plays as a leitmotif throughout President Barack Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy, which asserts that “in addition to acting decisively to defeat direct threats, we will focus on building the capacity of others to prevent the causes and consequences of conflict to include countering extreme and dangerous ideologies. MORE

Defense Institution Building in Africa January 1, 2016 — The study assesses the current U.S. military DIB efforts in Africa, along with insights from British and French experiences on the continent, and seeks to produce a series of recommendations to improve DIB efforts. MORE

What is "Building Partner Capacity?" Issues for Congress December 18, 2015 — Within the case studies explored, BPC was least effective as a tool for allowing the United States to extract itself from conflict (victory in war/war termination). However, it was most effective as a tool for building interpersonal and institutional linkages, and for alliance building." MORE

Strategic Planning Partnerships: A new program builds intellectual interoperability among NATO members December 14, 2015 — The Defense Institution Building Program at U.S. European Command works with partner nations to help them move toward intellectual interoperability with NATO. As the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan wanes and most armed forces are shrinking toward peacetime forces and budgets, NATO and partner nations need to maintain meaningful peacetime connections and continue training and exercising with each other to prepare for the next conflict. MORE

NDAA FY2016: Sec 1055 - Training and Support to Personnel of Foreign Ministries of Defense November 1, 2015 — Sec 1055 from the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provides an overview of the authorities that undergird U.S. Government DIB programs. MORE

The USIP Advising Support Program October 1, 2015 — Experienced advisors consistently indicate that their effectiveness depends heavily on possessing a set of attributes and skills that are distinct from technical expertise. These include the ability to gain trust from counterparts, acquiring and demonstrating an in-depth understanding of local realities, conducting capacity assessments, and adeptly navigating a complex web of international actors." MORE

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