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 document 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 counsel, and 8 AIA methods, which summarize many of the services inherent in AIA courses. moreover, the record describes the recent on-line AIA wisdom Sharing method (AIAKSS) that's getting used to solicit programmatic and evaluation information from AIA officers within the Army's significant instructions.

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Looking forward, they should ask themselves whether each step appears to contribute to the following one. For example, do inputs support activities and, if not, why not? What obstacles exist? Looking backward, officials need to ask whether the program’s end has been achieved? If not, are they measuring the end correctly? And if so, what are the impediments to achieving the end? Recognize the Limits of Performance Measurement Our review of the literature indicates that performance measurement is not an easy process to conduct properly, and there are certain things that it does not or cannot do.

Each regional Combatant Command (COCOM) groups its security cooperation activities into categories provided by OSD’s Security Cooperation Guidance. The differences between our categorization and those of the COCOMs are minor and are mainly due to the second principle, which is that the list should be as explicit as possible. For example, whereas the COCOM list has an “other” category, it would not make sense to try to link this category to a national secu______________________________________________________ exercises for each of the regional Combatant Commands.

Military operations. Likewise, partners could share crucial military technologies with the United States. Fourth, security cooperation can aim to change the beliefs and intentions of allies and potential partners. In one sense, security cooperation might try to change how other countries think about their own security practices. These beliefs could include how they view command and control during military operations. For instance, some militaries—especially those trained by the former Soviet Union— have a highly centralized command structure, whereas others, such as those of the United States, employ a more decentralized command structure that emphasizes innovation and adaptation among lower units.

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