Partner Capacity Building
The USPTC Program Office coordinates the Naval Postgraduate School’s efforts as the USPTC and links resident NPS expertise and resources with interested, global partners in building their capacity.
Working collaboratively with defense and professional military education (PME) institutions and drawing upon the extensive PTC network, the Naval Postgraduate School is able to develop customized, critical content. The USTPC Program Office specifically coordinates program content in several key areas, including the following:
• Building Integrity
• Emerging Challenges
• Strategic Leadership
• Peace Support Operations
Efforts are currently underway or being planned in countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine. The following programs, workshops, and other events are a sample of some of these efforts.
Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition Workshop (BIDA)
Building Integrity (increasing transparency and countering corruption) in defense acquisition, procurement, and contracting is a central pillar of building and sustaining economic development, political stability, and defense institution building. This workshop consists of multiple plenary presentations, followed by smaller working group meetings designed to engage participants in "hands-on" exercises and case studies with content customized for delivery in country.
Building Integrity in Peace Support Operations Workshop (BIPSO)
This workshop provides pre-deployment knowledge, increases transparency in order to counter corruption in purchasing, contracting, and procurement in peace support operations, and is targeted at O-3/O-4 level officers. Workshop content consists of multiple plenary presentations and small working group meetings. Delivery is localized with in country articles and case study examples.
Building Integrity Workshop: “Building Integrity: Acquisition Analysis”
This workshop aims to improve acquisition processes and transparency while countering corruption. Topics will include: What is a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)? Why we do CBAs? Statutory and/or regulatory requirements to do CBAs (where applicable); Roles CBAs play in major decision processes, including requirements setting, financial management, force development, force structuring, and weapons acquisition; What are the steps and methodologies in preparing and presenting a CBA? Development of a draft CBA plan that addresses a specific national capability objective. The primary targets for workshop participation are MoD resourcing directorate representatives and government budget personnel.
Cyber Security Workshop: “Countering VEOs through Cyberspace Technology and Security”
This workshop addresses the application, strategies, and best practices of Cyberspace Technology and Security to counter violent extremist organizations (VEOs) and promote increased national security and stability. This is a technical awareness and skills development workshop that highlights the cyber warfare issues facing governments and militaries, including areas of network and data vulnerabilities as well as capabilities of attackers and VEOs.
Info Ops Workshop: “Countering Violent Extremism through Information Operations”
This workshop addresses the application, strategies, and best practices of Info Ops (IO) to counter violent extremism and promote increased national security and stability. This IO workshop is less technical and covers strategic communication, influence operations, psychological operations, and the influence and recruitment of individuals in online communities by extremist organizations.
Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercise
This exercise includes NPS and NATO partners and observers who conduct joint experimentation in a live exercise environment to detect radiological material on a “hostile” ship; use remote water craft for identification; use tracking technologies and shared situational awareness over distributed networks for C2 purposes; and conduct interdiction exercises to eliminate the threat prior to shore landing. This exercise demonstrates to participants and observers how to apply the benefits of tactical networking and collaboration in cyberspace in order to support U.S. efforts to increase national security and stability, counter the transfer of illicit materials, and mitigate sea-based attacks or transfers of nuclear radiological threats.
Maritime Security Workshop
This workshop allows for information sharing addressing the application, strategies, and best practices of Maritime Security to promote increased stability and national security. This workshop highlights the issues facing governments and maritime armed forces (navy, coast guard, marines) as well as merchant shippers. These issues include piracy threats, legal aspects of open seas engagement, protection of national and commercial interests, port security, and an overview of threats and best practices in maritime defense. This workshop discusses practical strategies for countering illicit trafficking, including WMDs, narcotics, and human trafficking and helps participants develop a roadmap to improve their maritime security.
Collaborative Strategic Leadership in Complex Environments Workshop
This workshop includes multiple plenary presentations, facilitated exercises, and small working group sessions for participants to engage in hands-on exercises in collaborative strategic planning, strategic communication, and cooperative leadership modules in complex environments. One possible outcome of this workshop is the development of curriculum and academic content for the in country defense or PME institution. This curriculum could be applied to address the challenges and needs of any disparate group of organizations that needs to collaborate and cooperate in order to achieve a mission that is too large for any single agency or organization to accomplish successfully.
Engaging Women’s Leadership in Security, Defense, and Peacekeeping Workshop
This workshop includes multiple plenary lectures, presentations, and panels along with small working group meetings held in syndicate. This workshop engages participants in all activities including theoretical and practical applications, shorter modules, and case studies. This workshop is part of a larger multi-phase project with a possible outcome of a fully developed curriculum and syllabus for a course/workshop and for modules to be instructed by in country defense and PME institution.
Transformational Change – Defense Institutions
This program includes a series of transformative change development meetings and information exchange meetings conducted with in country MoD representatives to develop a roadmap of transformative change for the defense and PME institutions over a multi-phase period. NPS subject matter experts on Defense Institution Building and Organizational and Transformative Change travel onsite to assess requirements, share information, and lay the groundwork for transformative change through the execution of a partnership action plan.
Peace Support Operations (PSO)
This program includes PSO training and education delivered in two phases. Phase one introduces participants to UN policy and objectives for training; PSO tactics, techniques, and procedures; and the PSO Model (PSOM), a simulation tool developed for PSO operational-level planning and execution. Phase two reinforces Phase one instruction by putting students through a course of action (COA) development program of instruction. The participants form a staff, plan through the complex interactions involved in PSO, and submit their plans to the PSOM, which provides needed feedback. The PSOM is beneficial in evaluating training effectiveness, reinforcing weak areas, and incorporating real-world scenarios based on input from in country teams that can help develop stand-alone models or those based on the whole of government approach.
In addition to these offerings, the Naval Postgraduate School provides many unique, relevant areas of study and research through its graduate schools, academic groups, research institutes and centers. Please contact the USPTC Program Office to learn more about these opportunities and connect with the right resources at the Naval Postgraduate School.