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Peace Support Operations

Program Overview

The U.S. Department of State launched the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) as the U.S. contribution to the broader G8 Action Plan for Expanding Global Capability for Peace Support Operations and adopted it at the 2004 G8 Sea Island Summit.  GPOI is a U.S. government-funded security assistance program intended to enhance international capacity to effectively conduct United Nations and regional peace support operations (PSOs) by building partner country capabilities to train and sustain peacekeeping proficiencies; increasing the number of capable military troops and formed police units (FPUs) available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of military units and FPUs to PSOs.  The following workshop is a sample of some of the efforts being coordinated by the USPTC Program Office in support of these and other Peace Support Operations initiatives: 


Course Descriptions

Peace Support Operations Modeling (PSOM) Stage 1: Comprehensive Introductory Simulation/Modeling Exercise
MASL #: P170374 (in-residence); P309374 (MET)

Description: This 5-day course introduces participants to PSOM through a pre-developed scenario, developing their awareness for the value of modeling and simulation to support peace support operation (PSO) education. Participants are placed in a realistic peace support operation (PSO) environment, during which time they act and make decisions, which directly affect a PSO scenario. PSOM uses a simulation and modeling gaming scenario to place participants in a realistic PSO environment, during which time the participants act and make decisions as they would in an actual PSO situation. PSOM is targeted to enhance staff capacity and to better train, equip, and prepare a Partner to support and contribute to multinational peacekeeping and peace support operations, which reduces the requirements and burden on the U.S. and increases the effectiveness and interoperability of our Partners. This program will be taught in three distinct phases: PSOM aims to reinforce PKO training instruction through a Course of Action (CoA) development program and series of practical exercises. The participants will form a staff to think through the complex interactions involved in PSO and operational planning. The PSOM simulation will be instrumental in refining participants’ input into the PSO environment by developing required knowledge and skills to support PSO missions. Each stage of PSOM has specific goals and learning objectives. In Stage 1, participants are introduced to PSOM through a pre-developed scenario, developing awareness of the value of modeling and simulation through peace gaming. At the end of Stage 1, participants have acquired working knowledge of the PSOM processes, allowing them to engage in an advanced-level country or region specific exercise in Stage 2.

Objective: Provide participants with an understanding of the development background of PSOM, understanding of the exercise structure and how real world decisions are translated and input into the model, and develop basic user interface skills.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6); from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 5-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Peace Support Operations Modeling (PSOM) Exercise and Skills Sustainment
MASL #: P170375 (in-residence); P309375 (MET)

Description: This 5-day course is designed for participants already familiar with the Peace Support Operations Model (PSOM). The course enhances the knowledge gained from Stage 1, a prerequisite, and goes further to link modeling and simulation with education and training objectives. PSOM uses a simulation and modeling gaming scenario to place participants in a realistic PSO environment, during which time the participants act and make decisions as they would in an actual PSO situation. PSOM is targeted to enhance staff capacity and to better train, equip and prepare a Partner to support and contribute to multinational peacekeeping and peace support operations, which reduces the requirements and burden on the U.S. and increases the effectiveness and interoperability of our Partners. PSOM aims to reinforce PKO training instruction through a Course of Action (CoA) development program and series of practical exercises. The participants will form a staff to think through the complex interactions involved in PSO and operational planning. The PSOM simulation will be instrumental in refining participants’ input into the PSO environment by developing required knowledge and skills to support PSO mission. Each stage of PSOM has specific goals and learning objectives. In Stage 2, national and/or regional representatives participate in a simulated peacekeeping scenario tailored to address specific PSO challenges identified previously through partner collaboration. Participants and key stakeholders are given preliminary feedback on cause-and-effect of in-game decisions.

NPS will provide faculty and subject matter experts to support, collaborate, and consult with representatives from the participating nation to develop and deliver a PSOM war-game tailored to the participating nation’s requirements, as sustainment training.

Objective: Enhance the knowledge gained from the previous stages and links education and training with simulation, as a major step towards progress and integration of international forces. Provide an added level of expertise for an emerging nation’s role in the region. The course consists of the execution of a computer-assisted PSOM war-game that will allow the participants to think and plan through the complex interactions involved in PSO, Counterinsurgency (COIN), and other operational environments that involve the application of “soft power”.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6); from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: PSOM Stage 1; This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 5-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping & PSO (Train the trainer)
MASL #: P170394 (in-residence); P309394 (MET)

Description: This 5-day course is designed to build sustainable training skills in POC as it relates to peace operations. It provides a common conceptual understanding of POC in the context of UN peacekeeping and the range of protection actors who work alongside peacekeeping operations. It describes the range of protection threats facing civilians and the role of peacekeepers in protecting against those threats. The course identifies the range of legal rules, authorities and obligations that govern the actions of peacekeepers with regards to POC. It also covers the rights and obligations of peacekeepers (particularly with regards to the use force as it pertains to POC). Additionally, the operational concept of the three tiers of protection activities (protection through the political process, protection from physical violence, establishing a protective environment) and the 4 phases of protection response – (assurance/prevention, pre-emption, response and consolidation) is discussed. Throughout, the course addresses the human cost as well as the political and institutional consequences of the failure to “protect.”

Objective: Enhance understanding of POC in the context of UN peacekeeping. Address the unique nature of sexual violence in armed conflict as part of POC. Peacekeeping personnel will be familiar with the unique nature of sexual violence in armed conflict as part of POC, distinguishing between conflict related sexual violence (CRSV) & sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and will be left with a better understanding of the integrated approach required to prevent and address sexual violence. Increase effectiveness and interoperability of protection actors.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the security sector; from a single country or regionally with participants from multiple partner countries.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 5-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 

Pathway to Deployment – UNPKO Administrative Support Workshop

Description: This 5-day workshop assists a country with preparing its troop contributing request package in accordance with the administrative and operational requirements of the UN. It provides participants with an understanding of the regulations, guidelines, and administrative requirements for committing troops to UN peacekeeping missions. It also provides training and support on preparing and submitting the requisite application and administrative documents and supporting materials for deployable military contingents to effectively participate in PSO/PKO missions. After completing the course, participants are more knowledgeable about the UN system, current UN PKO training guidelines, education and training methodologies, and curriculum development. Additionally, the workshop assists participants in becoming more knowledgeable about the UN Standby Arrangement System (UNSAS), Troop Contributing Country tools, and physical deployment of the unit's equipment/Contingent Owned Equipment.

Objective: Understand the UN system, PSO principles, and PSO development and guiding documents. Familiarization with the UN Operations strategic concept, and restrictions and interests which govern voting mandates in the UN Security Council; Guidance through UN application processes and other supporting documentation as a crucial determinant of overall deployment readiness; Enhance knowledge of administrative, legal, and financial aspects for service members preparing to deploy; Help senior leaders to understand the unique value and financial benefits of deploying peacekeepers in support of a UN mission; Prepare senior leaders to negotiating appropriate terms of agreement with the United Nations in order to fully understand expectations; Understand the troop/police (T/PCC) contributing country’s responsibilities and options in the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding; Introduce the Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) System and other UN mechanisms for flexible mission support

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the security sector.

Prerequisite: This course is taught in English. The English Comprehension Level (ECL) requirement is 80, although a waiver can be issued upon request.

Course Duration: 5-days

Class Size: 25 participants

Cost: Cost varies by delivery format and funding source and is available upon request.

 


Participating Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey A. Appleget
Jeffrey Appleget joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer with the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research and teaching interests include irregular warfare and counterinsurgency operations—models, methods, and tools for analysis, combat modeling, linear and integer programming solution techniques and their applications, test and evaluation, modeling and simulation, cutting planes, scheduling, and constraint branching.  Dr. Appleget earned his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy, his M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his Ph.D. from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Curriculum Vitae

Maj Robert Beljan
Robert Beljan is a Directing Staff Officer in the Training Department at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC).  The PSOTC is also a NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC), and Maj Beljan is part of the multinational team instructing the PSO programs.
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Alejandro (Andy) S. Hernandez
Andy Hernandez joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005 and is an Associate Professor with the Systems Engineering Department in the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  His research interests include systems engineering approach to design and analysis of simulation-based events; computer experimentation and design of experiments; rapid acquisition strategies; and wargames.  Dr. Hernandez earned his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy, his Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Maj Jussi Koponen
Jussi Koponen is the Assistant Chief of Staff, G1/G4, for the Administrative Office at the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT).   The FINCENT is also a NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC), and Maj Kopenen is part of the multinational team instructing the PSO programs.
Curriculum Vitae

LTC Christopher J. Nannini
Christopher Nannini joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009 and is a Military Assistant Professor with the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research and teaching interests include modeling and simulations; design of experiments; and simulation analysis, test, and Evaluation.  LTC Nannini earned his B.S. and M.S. from Oregon State University and an additional M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Mr. Paul G. Roeder
Paul Roeder joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010 and is a Research Associate with the SEED (Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design) Center for Data Farming in the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research interests include design of experiments and statistics.  Mr. Roeder earned a B.A., B.S., and M.S. from California State University, East Bay.

Maj Goran Stokić
Goran Stokic is a Directing Staff Officer in the Training Department at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC).  The PSOTC is also a NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC), and Maj Stokić is part of the multinational team instructing the PSO programs.
Curriculum Vitae

Ms. Laura K. Whitney
Laura Whitney joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010 and is a Research Associate with the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  Ms. Whitney earned her B.S. from Wake Forest University and her M.S. from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

 

Related Faculty Publications and Other References

PSOM Overview and Peacekeeping Operations Assessment Using PSOM (PDF)
UN Peacekeeping Operations Course held in Kyrgyzstan
USPTC, PSOTC, and FINCENT Partner to Instruct Course in Kazakhstan

 

 

 

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