Defense Development: A New Approach to Reforming Defense Sectors in the Developing World
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Underdeveloped military establishments contribute directly to conflict, oppression, and poverty within developing countries and to insecurity in other parts of the world. A strategic approach to defense-sector reform that links it with development and views it as part of an overall development agenda can transform these establishments, with results that go far beyond the military sector. This is the contention put forward in Clean Lean, and Able A Strategy for Defense Development, a RAND Corporation occasional paper by David C. Gompert, Olga Oliker, and Anga Timilsina. The authors explain why previous attempts to bring about such transformation have fallen short and make a case for developing a new approach to defense-sector reform. Taking three countries -- Rwanda, Ukraine, and Indonesia -- as case studies, they look at the conditions that need to be overcome, draw out a set of global principles for what they call defense development, and propose a multipronged strategy for effecting permanent change. Implementing this strategy can help transform corrupt militaries into clean and efficient ones open to public scrutiny and political accountability, and able to meet real defense needs.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Defense Systems