Assessing the Values of U.S. Army International Activities by Jefferson P. Marquis, Richard E. Darilek, Jasen J. Castillo,

By Jefferson P. Marquis, Richard E. Darilek, Jasen J. Castillo, Cathryn Quantic Thurston, Anny Wong

This file provides a framework for assessing U.S. military overseas actions (AIA). It additionally presents a matrix of 8 AIA ends, derived from top-level nationwide and armed forces advice, and 8 AIA methods, which summarize many of the functions inherent in AIA courses. moreover, the file describes the recent on-line AIA wisdom Sharing method (AIAKSS) that's getting used to solicit programmatic and evaluate info from AIA officers within the Army's significant instructions.

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Others are actually organizations that are themselves responsible for a range of activities, the prime example being the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies. Some programs are bilateral, while others are multilateral, such as regional security exercises. Some involve non-military personnel, such as scientists or defense workers. The programs are also funded through different sources (Department of State, DoD) and overseen by different agencies, ranging from the Army itself to the Department of State.

For example, our ends do not specifically mention the global war on terrorism. Nor do they reference national concerns over weapons proliferation. From the perspective of our work, such objectives are too specific for Army International Activities. Instead, we derive eight ends that in combination can help the United States fight terrorism or halt proliferation. The war on terrorism, for instance, requires assurance, cooperation, interoperability, and promotion of internal stability. Similarly, efforts to halt weapons proliferation depend on assuring allies of American commitments—so they will not acquire their own nuclear arsenals—as well as on improved cooperation with allies.

4 In short, performance measurement functions as a strategic management tool by demonstrating how well individual programs within an organization are doing, whether they are meeting their goals, whether the users of its products and services are satisfied, and whether improvements are necessary. Applying Performance Measurement to Security Cooperation Applying performance measurement to security cooperation is relatively new. However, many efforts are under way in the security cooperation community to gather data at the event level to gauge the effectiveness of international activities and plan for the future.

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