With an eye toward “smart power”- elevating development and diplomacy alongside a strong defense, it is prudent to consider CIV/mil lessons learned that might help shape good practices for future CIV/mil stability operations. Anything less will result in sub-optimal results on the ground for the intended recipients of USG civilian assistance. Any integrated training approach to stability operations requires a framework that applies across the spectrum of conflict, from stable peace to general war. It must frame purposeful intervention at any point along the spectrum, reflecting the execution of a wide range of stability tasks performed under the umbrella of various operational environments.
Based on initial research (see attached bibliography) 3 lessons learned emerged that warrant consideration for FSI’s stability operations training:
- The identification and development of a foundational curriculum to prepare staff to work competently across response environments and in different types of crises, and to develop institutional capacity for engaging in integrated, strategic responses;
- There exists a significant body of training for conflict response/CIV/Mil but that information management is its own challenge. Increased awareness and acceptance of core, foundational skills for all response actors and the need for specific trainings for specific environments; and,
- Conflict response/CIV/Mil training needs to be mainstreamed into professional development at all levels, particularly leadership and management tiers; this process involves developing strategies with Human Resources managers and training providers.