Building Armies, Building Nations: Toward a New Approach to Security Force Assistance

Building Armies, Building Nations: Toward a New Approach to Security Force Assistance

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This report explores the relationship between armies and nation-building and argues that U.S.-sponsored Security Force Assistance (SFA) could become more effective by focusing less on force structure, military capabilities, and readiness, and focusing more on ideology and the extent to which a client army complements a host nation's larger nation-building project.