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War by Others’ Means: Delivering Effective Partner Force Capacity Building

Jack Watling and Nick Reynolds
Whitehall Papers, 13 November 2020
Military Sciences, Defence Policy, Military Personnel
In a world of powerful states, countries are likely to partner their armed forces to achieve common aims. Efforts to build capacity in partner forces will play a crucial role.

A new era of great power competition places a strategic premium on the efficiency with which states can pursue their aims. There is therefore likely to be an expanded scope for partnered operations. Partner force capacity building has a long history, with very mixed results, yet there is little historical memory in the institutions tasked with carrying it out. War by Others’ Means uses archival research, interviews with practitioners, and observation of capacity building to understand why states undertake it, how they should select, train and equip their partners, and how they should manage the generation and withdrawal of trainers.

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Dr Jack Watling
Research Fellow, Land Warfare

Dr Jack Watling is Research Fellow for Land Warfare. Jack has recently conducted studies of deterrence against Russia, force... read more

Nick Reynolds
Research Analyst: Land Warfare

Nick Reynolds is the Research Analyst for Land Warfare at RUSI.  His research interests include land... read more

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