I dare you to say “Defense Institution Building (DIB)” in a crowd of Security Cooperationist. You will sense the cringe in the conversation, or you will start the debate that will more than likely empty several kegs at the bar of whatever conference you are attending. Even the smartest in the business aren’t that smart […]Read More Defense Institution Building in Africa: Why is it so difficult? Or is it?
The purpose of this blog is to help our new OSCs assigned to Francophone African countries understand the security network within their country. The key here is first understanding that the American security system is more complex than the Francophone. The second key is thinking about our National Guard and Coast Guard and how they […]Read More Understanding Security Networks in Francophone African Countries
The process for a Building Partnership Capacity (BPC) proposal case through the 333 authority includes 99 steps at a minimum. I’m sure I’ve missed some steps here and feel free to highlight them in the comments section (Note: I’ve purposefully left out the Implementing Agency/MILDEP steps which the OSC has a minimal role in their […]Read More What are the 99+ Steps for the 333 process
Funding approvals for an OSC equate to engagements, which every OSC wants. Understanding how to obligate and funding it correctly, who is responsible for that, and lastly how to spend it is key to being a successful OSC. You have previously be instructed on how to execute the Foreign Military Sales system, but […]Read More Getting to Yes: Understanding the funding processes for Security Cooperation events