Training for War and Fragile Peace

Please join the Reserve Officers Association and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for a program that will explore new education and training approaches being used to help U.S. troops better prepare for these complex operating environments before their deployment.

With the U.S. Army taking on an advising and mentoring role in Afghanistan as Afghan security forces take the lead, U.S. troops are taking on fundamentally different missions than those for which they were trained. How can we best prepare the military for these operations in fragile states? Should the military do security force assistance differently in fragile states as opposed to developing states?

On February 12, the Reserve Officers Association and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) came together for a program that explored new education and training approaches used to help U.S. troops better prepare for these complex operating environments.

Brigadier General Ferdinand Irizarry II, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, provided an inside look into how the military is adapting their training to prepare for the new mission in places like Afghanistan. Dr. Lauren Van Metre, dean of students in USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, discussed USIP’s efforts to help the military address these challenges. Having recently been called on to work with a unit of the 101st Airborne that will deploy to Afghanistan to develop a specialized education program, Dr. Van Metre spoke about programs with the military, which emphasized USIP's conflict management work at the community level with an in-depth understanding of the local Afghan context.

Speakers

  • Bob Feidler, Welcome
    Director, Strategic Defense Education; Director, Army Affairs
    Reserve Officers Association 
  • Paul Hughes, Introduction & Moderator
    Chief of Staff; Interim Vice President, Center for Conflict Management
    United States Institute of Peace
  • Brigadier General Ferdinand Irizarry II, Presenter
    Deputy Commanding General
    U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School 
  • Lauren Van Metre, Presenter
    Dean of Students, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding
    United States Institute of Peace

 

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