International training for peace support operations : models, assessments, and implications
Hoffler, Robert E., Jr.
Roberts, Nancy C.
Ulozas, Bernard J.
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In the decade following the Cold War, the frequency and complexity of United Nations-mandated Peace Support Operations (PSO) significantly increased. Consequently, international, regional, and national organizations developed various training programs to prepare military personnel for diverse mission requirements. This thesis conducts a comparative analysis of PSO training by examining the United Nations international model, the regional approach of the Nordic Countries, and national training programs of the Canadian Forces, the German Armed Forces, and the United States Military. Based on strengths and weaknesses of these models, this research identifies significant criteria and implications for developing a viable, institutionalized PSO training program in the United States Military. This study draws the following conclusions: The United Nations lacks a unifying doctrine for PSO and associated training required to coordinate subordinate programs among Member States and regional organizations effectively; The Nordic coordination program for PSO training at the regional level represents a unified commitment to promote interoperability and knowledge management for future missions; The United States Military lacks an institutionalized PSO training program to meet long-term operational requirements at the tactical level for individuals and units.
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