Peace & Stability Journal Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4 - Page 5

The U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) facilitated the annual Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop (PSOTEW) to promote a comprehensive approach to Peace and Stability Operations through training and education. The PSOTEW brings together trainers, educators, and practitioners from the U.S. and international governmental/non-governmental organizations, military and civilian peace and stability training centers, and academic institutions to share current challenges and best practices toward improving civilian and military teaming efforts in support of Peace and Stability Operations. The goal of the workshop series is to produce material that can be used to train and educate the joint force and the community of interest on Peace and Stability Operations, by creating or enhancing existing organizational doctrine, training and exercises, based on the latest lessons learned and innovative industry trends. Background The PSOTEW workshop, which began eight years ago, focuses on providing a forum for educators, trainers, and practitioners to share best practices and work through identified challenges, while capitalizing on real world operations to build community relationships, share tools and methodologies, and increase awareness among stakeholders. The workshop is accomplished through senior leader forums and panels with follow-on workgroups led by subject matter experts, collaborating to identify potential solutions to identified peace and stability training and education challenges. The workgroups present the identified solutions to senior leadership within the community of interest in order to garner support in addressing training and education requirements to operate in complex and ever changing operational environments. alent leaders from both the government and non-government instituions, followed by final remarks from the keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker was General(Retired) Carter F. Ham, former Commander, U.S. Africa Command and Chair, National Committee on Future U.S. Army. General (Retired) Ham challenged workshop attendees to think about, “What role does peace and stability operations play or should play in our overarching National Security Policy and the objectives we want to achieve.” The keynote paved the way for working groups to roll up their sleeves and make key recommendations to senior leaders concerning the need for a comprehensive approach to peacekeeping and stability operations training and education. Working group composition is based p rimarily on attendee interest; however, the groups are structured with the aim to have diverse backgrounds across each group. A facilitator is assigned to each working group as the group addresses a specific challenge currently facing the community of interest. There were seven workgroups addressing the following issues: WG 1: Developing a training strategy for Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA) was sponsored by PKSOI. The purpose of the WG was to analyze operations United Assistance (Ebola Support) and Haiti Earthquake relief operations in order to identify lessons learned and gaps in FHA operations. The group outlined procedures to integrate lessons learned in planning, training and education models. The deliverable was an FHA training strategy outline focused on both disaster preparedness and disaster response. WG 2: Preparing Senior Leaders to Succeed in UN Peace Operations was sponsored by the International Association of the Peace Training Center (IAPTC). Focusing on the United Nations (UN) High Level Independent Panel Report, the UN Peacebuilding Architecture, 2015 Presidential Memorandum, PSOTEW Objectives US Support to UN Peace Operations, and the US Presidential Summit on Peacekeeping, there is political impetus to improve The discussions across the six work groups focused on “IdentiUN Peace Operations. Educating leaders is identified as a key fying and Implementing Peace and Stabilization Training and enabler. The WG presented the current state of education not Education” as the overall theme for the workshop. The objeconly from a UN education perspective, but also from a US pertive for the Workshop focuses on accomplishing the following: spective on educating its own senior leaders. The deliverables • Providing a forum that addresses the equities of the commu from the working group are: nity of practice and its activities; • Identify the key competencies for a senior leader in the areas • Fostering collaboration between the joint professional of knowledge, skills, and attributes military education and academic communities; • Identify the resources available or required to develop and • Informing and supporting senior leaders, to monitor prog deliver identified training needs ress, and to provide feedback on future recommendations. • Identify the optimal delivery methods • Identify a community of practice to advance such education Concept The workshop is a three day event, beginning with a plenary session in the morning consisting of flag officers and civilian-equiv- WG 3: Developing a Methodology for Assessing and Countering Transnational Organized Crime was sponsored by PKSOI. The lack of an integrated analytic approach for differentiating 3