Accession Number : ADA624429


Title :   Contracting for Reform: The Challenges of Procuring Security Training and Advisory Services in Fragile Environments


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : SYRACUSE UNIV NY


Personal Author(s) : Armstrong, Nicholas ; Van Slyke, David


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a624429.pdf


Report Date : 30 Apr 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : Scholarship on private military and security companies largely focuses on their regulation and oversight as security and reconstruction service providers. It gives scant attention, however to their role as institutional reformers, advisors, and trainers. This article presents findings of an in-depth case study on the challenges of procuring advising and training services in Afghanistan. Sixty-seven semi-structured interviews were conducted with elite and mid-level officials embedded within the Afghan defense and interior ministries, national army, and national and local polices forces. We evaluate an existing contracting framework for the purchase and integration of complex products with this data and find that rules, relationship strategies, governance mechanisms, and mutual understanding are critical in security sector reform training and advising contracts. Reliance on the private sector to provide these services will likely remain high, thus, a sharp focus on mutually beneficial outcomes that retain flexibility and accountability is necessary over the long run.


Descriptors :   *CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *SECURITY , *TRAINING , ACCOUNTABILITY , ADVISORY ACTIVITIES , AFGHANISTAN , CASE STUDIES , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INTERVIEWING , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , STRATEGY , UNCERTAINTY


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Civil Defense
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE