Differentiating Between Partner Capacity Building Efforts for Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics Missions
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The U.S. military routinely provides training, equipment, and financial assistance to foreign militaries in support of common security objectives. The U.S. Congress has directed the Department of Defense DOD to focus some of its partner capacity building efforts in specific mission areas, such as counterterrorism and counternarcotics. Periodically, Congress and senior DOD leaders request updates and assessments of ongoing partner capacity building efforts. In some instances, these assessments can be clear and straightforward. In other circumstances, such as when there are multiple assistance programs for a given country, or where the mission-focus of capacity building efforts overlap, it can be difficult to distinguish among the missions andor desired partner nation capabilities that DOD partner capacity building efforts support.
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