News | Nov. 26, 2014

Foreign Culture and its Effect on US DoD Efforts to Train and Advise Foreign Security Forces

By Aaron Taliaferro, Wade Hinkle, and Alexander Gallo Small Wars Journal

US security assistance has traditionally been built on Western cultural norms - characteristics not present the locations most in need of assistance today.  However, the private sector and NGOs have experience DoD should learn from and adapt into its training and education programs.  This essay presents what has been learned from the perspective of non-security capacity development efforts as well as our practitioners’ perspective and observations on the effectiveness of DOD’s post 9/11 efforts to train and advise foreign security forces.