Brigade Combat Team the World's Police: Understanding the United States Army Brigade Combat Team's role in Developing Foreign Police
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Anticipating that the U.S. Army will continue to deploy regionally aligned forces in support of security cooperation and security force assistance missions, this research investigates how a U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team BCT should conduct foreign police development. By reviewing police theory, current U.S. Army doctrine, and the lessons learned from the police development efforts in Iraq, a foreign police development model is proposed that focuses on police centric lines of effort instead of traditional military stability lines of effort. The proposed model is tested against a hypothetical scenario, whereby a U.S. Army BCT is deployed to Kenya to support the development of the Kenyan National Police Services. Using a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats SWOT analysis to measure the efficacy of the BCTs organic structure in conducting foreign police development, potential solutions to capability gaps are presented in the DOTMLPF framework. This thesis concludes that the U.S. Army BCT is not formally structured or supported by doctrine to conduct foreign police development however, it can achieve a desired end state with significant military and civilian police enablers and an understanding of police theory and the lessons learned from previous police reform efforts.
- Sociology and Law
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics