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Transparency & Building Integrity

Program Overview

Building Integrity, strengthening transparency, increasing accountability, and reducing corruption risk are integral parts of NATO and the Euro- Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) cooperation as highlighted in the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Framework Document and elaborated further in the Partnership Action Plan on Defense Institution Building (PAP-DIB), endorsed at the NATO Istanbul Summit in 2004 and re-affirmed at the Bucharest Summit in 2008. The following workshops are a sample of some of the efforts being coordinated by the USPTC Program Office in support of Building Integrity initiatives: 


Course Descriptions

Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition (BIDA)

Description: This 5-day strategic-level course is designed to increase awareness and provide a conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of institutional integrity and to provide insight into issues linking resources to national security. Building Integrity (increasing transparency and accountability to counter corruption) is a central pillar of building and sustaining economic development, political stability, and defense institutions. The course aims to increase transparency in defense acquisition, procurement, and contracting. Content is tailored for the particular audience and consists of multiple plenary presentations and smaller working group sessions designed to engage participants in "hands-on" exercises and case studies.

Objective: Increase awareness for transparency in defense acquisition, procurement, and contracting; and provide a conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of institutional integrity and transparency.

Target Audience: Senior-level military and civilian leaders from the country’s ministry of defense, joint staff, and armed forces; could include representatives from other ministries who have decision-making responsibility for defense acquisition, procurement, and contracting; 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.

 

Building Integrity in Defense: Cost Benefit Analysis (BICBA)

Description: This 5-day course is designed to provide practical knowledge to mid-to senior level managers/decision makers from the country’s MoD and armed forces to improve acquisition processes and increase transparency to counter corruption. Topics include: What is 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? Course includes a case study in which participants perform a CBA addressing a specific national capability objective. The course is taught by resident NPS faculty subject matter experts.

Objective: Provide participants with knowledge of CBA so they will be informed and capable of developing a CBA, reviewing a CBA and asking the right questions, and enabled to understand rational approaches to choosing the most cost beneficial option in a resource constrained environment.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents (chief specialists and deputy chiefs) from the MoD with resourcing and budgeting responsibilities; 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.

 

Building Integrity in Peace Support Operations (BIPSO)

Description: This 5-day course provides pre-deployment training and practical knowledge to increase transparency and accountability to counter corruption in multinational peacekeeping and peace support operations. As peacekeepers deploy in PSO environments, the challenges of combating corruption at forward locations are ever increasing. The course examines fundamental concepts and challenges in deployment operations and provides participants with an understanding of the complexities of transparency and accountability to counter corruption. The goal of this course is to build capacity in peacekeeping and peace support operations by increasing transparency and countering corruption. These efforts will lead to increased efficiency, effectiveness, and capacity building.

Objective: Prepare participants to address the various types of corruption and negative behaviors that can undermine mission success during PSO and provide an understanding of the negative impact/affect that corruption can have on a PSO and post/conflict reconstruction efforts.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from the security sector who are preparing to deploy on PSO or PKO; 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.

 

Fiscal Transparency

Description: This 5-day course provides a conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of fiscal transparency and institutional integrity at the strategic level. It is targeted to an audience of senior leaders and decision makers from the partner country’s MoD, ministry of finance, budgeting authority, and other ministries. It is designed to increase consensus for building integrity initiatives in a “whole of government” approach. The course discusses a common lexicon for building integrity and describes a foundation for steps to improve integrity, introducing the three pillars of BI: transparency, accountability, and ethics. Special emphasis is given to increasing transparency in government acquisition, procurement, and contracting. The course is designed to assist a partner country qualify to receive a fiscal transparency waiver or qualify to be removed from the list of countries requiring a fiscal transparency waiver in order to receive USG aid.

Objective: Build consensus on the need for building integrity initiatives to ensure that a comprehensive approach will be undertaken at all levels of government.

Target Audience: Mid to senior grade military officers (O-3 through O-6) and civilian equivalents from ministries of defense, finance, budgeting authorities, and other government ministries.

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

Mr. Mark P. Dankel
Mark Dankel started working with the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010 and is a consultant with the USPTC and the National Security Institute where his area of focus is building institutional integrity in defense institutions.  His professional expertise includes more than twenty years directing investigations into corruption within federal law enforcement agencies in the United States.  He has provided advisory assistance to more than thirty nations.  Mr. Dankel earned his B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans and his M.A. from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Richard B. Doyle
Richard Doyle joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1990 and is an Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.  His teaching and research expertise includes federal budget policy, defense budgeting, national security policy, the congressional budget process, health care budgeting, fiscal policy, and other entitlement policy.  Dr. Doyle earned his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy; his M.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle; and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Max Kidalov
Max Kidalov joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009 and is an Assistant Professor of Procurement Law and Policy in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.  His research and teaching interests include legislative and judicial controls over defense procurement, contingency contracting, socio-economic and industrial base contracting policies, competition in contracting, procurement fraud, anti-corruption initiatives, and international defense contracting.  Dr. Kidalov earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, and his LL.M. in Government Procurement Law from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  

Dr. Robert M. McNab
Robert McNab joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2000 and is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) and Global Public Policy Academy Group (GPPAG).  His research interests include the outcomes of fiscal decentralization, the reform of budgeting and tax administration systems in developing and transitional countries, and the economics of insurgent movements.  Dr. McNab earned his B.A. from California State University, Stanislaus, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Francois Melese
Francois Melese joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1987 and is a Professor of Economics and the Executive Director of the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI).  His research expertise includes budgeting with incentives; pricing issues in revolving funds; the role of benefits and pay in compensation; defense industrial base issues; and the integration of cost and effectiveness.  Dr. Melese earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; his M.A. from the University of British Columbia, Canada; and his Ph.D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium.
Curriculum Vitae

 

Related Faculty Publications and Other References

BiH Parliamentary Committee Members attend Building Integrity Seminar
Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition Workshop Held in Sarajevo
Building Integrity in Peace Support Operations (BIPSO) Pilot Workshop Held
Corruption, Culture, and Conflict (PDF)
Implementing Program Budgeting in the Serbian Ministry of Defense (PDF)
Manuscript 2: Defining Corruption (PDF)
Public Budgeting and Surplus Assets: Building Accountability and Integrity (PDF)
Reconstruction, the Long Tail and Decentralisation: An Application to Iraq and Afghanistan (PDF)
USPTC and NATO Partner to Help Combat Corruption

 

 

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