Unleashed Potential: The Potential of a Civil Military Support Element in Theater Security Cooperation   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The problem is how to employ a limited amount of CMSEs [Civil Military Support Element] in a theater of operations in order to develop and maintain a partner nation's military CMO capacity. The purpose of this research is to identify best practices in developing partner nation capacity to conduct CMO [Civil-Military Operations] to a level where little or no U.S. military involvement is needed. The thesis question that this research attempts to answer is whether a CMSE can develop the capacity of partner nation military to conduct civil military operations through unified action to level where little or no U.S. military involvement is needed. The conclusion of this thesis is that the CMSE in the Paraguay case study not only did this but also helped the partner nation develop, plan, execute, and orchestrate their own Civil Military Engagement Plan to achieve unity of effort in conducting CMO and to train other military branches and units to do so as well. This action met the Combatant Commander's (CCDR) and Theater Special Operations Command's (TSOC) objectives and allowed the TSOC the flexibility to reassign the CMSE from Paraguay to another region/country."

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