Accession Number : ADA599564
Title : Evaluating the Impact of the Department of Defense Regional Centers for Security Studies
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Hanauer, Larry ; Johnson, Stuart E ; Springer, Christopher J ; Feng, Chaoling ; McNerney, Michael J ; Pezard, Stephanie ; Efron, Shira
Report Date : Jan 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 191
Abstract : The U.S. Department of Defense s (DoD s) five Regional Centers for Security Studies are relatively small-scale but highly valued U.S. security engagement tools. Though virtually all U.S. officials who interact with the centers assert that they are key to advancing DoD goals and objectives, neither the centers nor their stakeholders have been able to measure the extent to which they do so. As DoD looks to identify inefficiencies and accommodate reduced budget authority, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the regional centers themselves expressed interest in developing more effective means of assessing the regional centers impact on DoD objectives and priorities. In response to a request by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations, RAND undertook a comprehensive study of the centers missions and objectives, the contributions that the centers assert that they make to DoD goals, and the ways in which the centers and their stakeholders assess their programs and the resulting outcomes. This report recommends steps that the centers and their stakeholders can take to collect more relevant data for evaluation, improve their evaluations of center initiatives, and better assess the centers impacts on strategic objectives. This report will be of interest to policymakers and military leaders grappling with questions regarding the most effective use of increasingly scarce DoD resources for promoting U.S. security objectives around the world, particularly by fostering strong military-to-military ties with partner nations. It will also be of interest to policymakers and military personnel with an interest in security cooperation, military education and training, and the implementation of confidence-building measures to mitigate regional security tensions.
Descriptors : *MEASURES OF EFFECTIVENESS , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL) , BUDGETS , BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION , DATA ACQUISITION , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , HISTORY , MANAGEMENT , POLICIES
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Government and Political Science
Humanities and History
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE