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Save the US Army's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute: An Open Letter

Save the US Army's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute: An Open LetterWar on the Rocks

As people who have dedicated our careers to national security issues, we are deeply concerned about the Army’s imminent decision to eliminate the Department of Defense’s forces’ joint proponent for complex operations — the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI).

For two and a half decades:

PKSOI has been the chief coordinating organization infusing doctrine, training, education, and operations with best practices needed to effectively conduct complex missions in states and regions threatened by, or currently experiencing, conflict, terrorism, and other grave threats to security. In doing so, PKSOI saves U.S. servicemembers’ lives.

PKSOI has been a critical bridge between the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the vast U.S. military structure, ensuring U.S. national security goals are managed with greater harmony and effectiveness.

PKSOI has been an important conduit between the U.S. military and civilians, to other militaries and international organizations throughout the world who join to conduct complex operations. Indeed, PKSOI is the approved NATO Partnership Education Training Center (PTEC) for NATO on behalf of the United States.

PKSOI has acted as a key interlocutor between non-governmental organizations and the military; preparing our forces to understand key, large actors in these operations…

Read the entire open letter.

Small Wars Journal supports saving PKSOI - 100%.