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Building Partner Nation Capacity Through the Defense Education Enhancement Program

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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The world has become more complex and interconnected. Emerging challengesranging from terrorist attacks to cyber intrusions by state and nonstate actorshave dramatically shaped the state of global security. As a result, the education and training of members of the armed forces have become increasingly important in preparing future military leaders, whose key responsibilities include the security and stability of the nations they serve. In response to these new challenges, defense education practitioners have promoted multinational and multistakeholder training in defense education institutions.1 The United States, working in close cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO headquarters, has signaled the importance of defense education in its engagement with a number of former Soviet Union states and NATO partner nations of interest through the creation of the Defense Education Enhancement Program DEEP. Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD and NATO funding sources have supported DEEP since 2007, a key initiative of the Partnership for Peace Consortium PfPC. The PfPC, through U.S. Department of Defenses DoDs George C. Marshall CenterEuropean Center for Security Studies, is the programs executive agent and closely coordinates with the NATO International Staff. Founded in 1999 during the NATO summit in Washington, D.C., PfPC was specifically chartered to promote defense education within the context of overall defense institution building in addition to fostering regional stability.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Government and Political Science

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