A Comprehensive Approach to Improving U.S. Security Force Assistance Efforts

Theresa Baginski Lieutenant Colonel
Francis Donovan Lieutenant Colonel
Richard A. Lacquement Colonel
Simon "Don" Roach Brigadier


Security Force Assistance is analyzed, and some specific recommendations designed to improve U.S. performance are provided. While SFA may be a new term, the activities themselves are familiar ones related to how the Department of Defense works to train, advise, and assist foreign partners' security establishments to accomplish common objectives. The United States has demonstrated serious SFA deficiencies in recent years. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has noted, the United States is likely to remain actively and broadly engaged in SFA for many years to come. The need for comprehensive improvement encompasses DoD military and civilian efforts and requires thoughtful integration with broader whole of government approaches.