Examining DOD Security Cooperation: When It Works and When It Doesn't, Hearing Before the Full Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 21, 2015   [open pdf - 667KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 21, 2015 hearing "Examining DOD Security Cooperation: When It Works and When It Doesn't," before the full House Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Ranking Member Adam Smith: "Understanding what makes success more likely is extremely important. I don't believe that we can ever guarantee success--as the name 'Building Partner Capacity' implies, it requires us to act through other nations whose interests may not perfectly align with ours. But I do believe there are conditions that improve our chances, and I hope the panel can help us outline those. I also hope the panel can think through any needed changes to how we do business. Security assistance, in the past, was mostly led by the State Department. That started to change after 9/11, with the creation of authorities like the 1206 program that was intended to help nations address immediate and short-term counterterrorism needs. That and other programs evolved over time, particularly with the creation of the Counter Terrorism Partnership, to the point that DOD is thinking about longer-term programs and support. Assuming everyone in the Administration and Congress agrees with this evolution, we should consider if there are legislative or administrative changes that we need to make to improve our chances of success." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Douglas Fraser, Christopher Paul, and Derek Reveron.

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