Over the last two months, I have perused Facebook Embassy sites glancing for posts from the OSC offices in Africa. I found very few. In fact, most of the ones I found were of a component or the regional center’s exercises, conferences, or seminars. Only one was of a solely OSC event (IMET, PKO, FMF, […]Read More Who is your PAO?
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