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The Pentagon spends billions of dollars every year to assist foreign militaries around the world. The rapid collapse of the Afghan security forces is typical for local forces built with United States military assistance, according to Rachel Tecott, assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College.

  • Tecott said the United States military is good at providing training and equipment but not good at convincing local partners to make necessary decisions.
  • It is possible to make security force assistance conditional, but Tecott said conditionality has become “counternormative” in the U.S. military and is viewed as coercion, despite its use in other partnerships.
  • Tecott said building a national army in another country is very difficult but that there could still be a role for other types of security assistance.

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