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Building Partner Capacity

Information about Building Partner Capacity (BPC)

The United States is weary from fighting the Global War on Terror (GWOT) and two counterinsurgencies (Iraq and Afghanistan) for over 15 years. A new approach is to work with other nations in conflict areas whose interests are aligned with the U.S. to develop their military capacity and capabilities. The concept of "Building Partner Capacity" aims to accomplish this objective.

Organizations - Military and Government

Directorate of Building Partner Capacity (BPC)
Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Building Partner Capacity, Operation Inherent Resolve

U.S. Southern Command - Building Partner Capacity

U.S. Army War College - Library Notes (Bibliography on BPC - 2011)

Papers & Pubs about Building Partner Capacity (BPC)


CNAS, Remodeling Partner Capacity: Maximizing the Effectiveness of U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance, Center for a New American Security, November 14, 2016.


CRS, What Is "Building Partner Capacity?" Issues for Congress, Congressional Research Service, December 18, 2015. Posted on website of Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

DoDIG, Assessment of DoD/USCENTCOM and Coalition Plans/Efforts to Train, Advise, and Assist the Iraqi Army to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Inspector General U.S. Department of Defense, September 30, 2015.

RAND Corporation, What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity in Challenging Contexts, August 2015.


Shumate, Colonel Alan, "Building Partner Capacity in the 21st Century: How the U.S. Can Succeed", Small Wars Journal, August 7, 2013.

GAO, Building Partner Capacity: Key Practices to Effectively Manage Department of Defense Efforts to Promote Security Cooperation, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-13-335T, February 14, 2013.

RAND Corporation, What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity and Under What Circumstances?, 2013.


Terry, Jason B., Major USAF, Principles of Building Partnership Capacity, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2010.

News about Building Partner Capacity (BPC)

March 15, 2017. "Building Partner Capacity With the Peshmerga", by Matthew Cancian, Real Clear Defense.

December 6, 2016. "Fleeting convergence: Building partner capacity and militias", by Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings Institute.

January 14, 2016. "Learning From Our Mistakes in Selection and Training of Military Advisors", SOFREP. Perhaps the time has come to establish a permanent organization of advisors similar to the Advise and Assist Brigades (AAB) deployed to Iraq or the Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) deployed to Afghanistan.

April 15, 2015. "Coalition support growing for build partner capacity effort in Iraq", U.S. Central Command.

September 9, 2014. "DSCA: Building Partner Capacity (BPC)", Defense Media Network. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) implements Building Partner Capacity programs within the Department of Defense.






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