The Effectiveness of Training International Military Students in Internal Defense and Development

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by Jennifer Taw

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This report summarizes the research conducted in a project entitled "The Effectiveness of U.S. Military Training Activities in Promoting Internal Defense and Development in the Third World." This report assesses the effectiveness, utility, and advisability of U.S. training of foreign militaries in internal defense and development (IDAD) skills. Among the project's conclusions are the following: training in IDAD skills has only a marginal effect on a foreign military's behavior; with the end of the Cold War, the United States can nonetheless show more discretion in determining which countries will receive IDAD training; such discretion will be particularly important given the overall decrease in U.S. foreign military training and the need to maximize the effects of such training worldwide; training in foreign internal defense (FID) or IDAD skills should be complemented by education in the theories underlying democratic development such as is being provided through the expanded IMET (IMET-E) program.

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