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dc.contributor.advisorFox, William P.
dc.contributor.authorHeisler, Anthony F.
dc.dateDec-14
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T00:17:41Z
dc.date.available2015-02-18T00:17:41Z
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/44575
dc.description.abstractThis thesis presents a theory of how U.S. special operations forces (USSOF) build partner capacity. Building partner capacity (BPC) is a cornerstone of America’s post-9/11 security strategy and a signature mission of USSOF. However, USSOF lacks a theory that articulates how capacity is built or the keys to its success. This thesis explores BPC from the top down, through national security documents, doctrine, and case studies. It identifies that BPC is not a single act, but rather a series of tactical, operational, and strategic engagements carried out over an extended period of time in a dynamic and unpredictable partnership environment. The partnership environment is the aggregate of factors and conditions that influence the partnership and ultimately bound capacity-building potential. Given these antecedent conditions, USSOF requires a BPC enterprise to provide the continuous synchronization, vertically from the policy level to the tactical level and horizontally with the partner nation, to ensure the right skills and equipment arrive in the right place, at the right time, for the duration necessary to achieve the capacity-building objective. This thesis constructs and examines the BPC enterprise, the actors that can bring it to life, and offers seven principles likely to be associated with capacity-building success.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/bywithndthrougho1094544575
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleBy, with, and through: the theory and practice of special operations capacity-buildingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGregg, Heather S.
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorSpecial Operationsen_US
dc.subject.authorSOFen_US
dc.subject.authorUSSOFen_US
dc.subject.authorbuilding partner capacityen_US
dc.subject.authorBPCen_US
dc.subject.authorcapacity buildingen_US
dc.subject.authorTheater Special Operations Commanden_US
dc.subject.authorTSOCen_US
dc.subject.authorSOCSOUTHen_US
dc.subject.authorSOCEURen_US
dc.subject.authorUSSOCOMen_US
dc.subject.authorColombiaen_US
dc.subject.authorParaguayen_US
dc.subject.authorSOF operational planningen_US
dc.subject.authorpersistent engagementen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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