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Limited resources, access, and incomplete knowledge of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats create a need for working with appropriate partner countries around the world to address these challenging threats. This RAND National Defense Research Institute monograph outlines and then applies a four-step process for developing regional approaches to building partner capacity (BPC) to combat WMD. These steps include identifying capabilities and desired end states relative to the WMD threat, working with potential partners, identifying relevant BPC ways and means, and developing a framework to assess the effectiveness of BPC programs and activities. In doing so, the monograph identifies seven key themes that are linked to the recommendations. These key themes include improving guidance, increasing visibility of ongoing activities at a global level, improving coordination, encouraging collaboration, implementing procedures, conducting assessments, and securing resources.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Challenges of Building Partner Capacity for Combating WMD

  • Chapter Three

    Combating WMD by Tying Building Partner Capacity to the Threat

  • Chapter Four

    Working with Partners: What to Do and How to Do It

  • Chapter Five

    Developing an Assessment Framework

  • Chapter Six

    Conclusions and Way Ahead

  • Appendix

    Building Partner Capacity for Combating WMD Programs and Activities Database

The research described in this report was sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The research was conducted in the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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