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Special Forces Berlin
by James Stejskal

Building Partner Capacity (BPC)

Building Partner Capacity (BPC) is ". . . a term that refers to a broad set of missions, programs, activities, and authorities intended to improve the ability of other nations to achieve those security-oreinted goals they share with the United States." 1. 

Papers, Reports and Publications about BPC


JFQ, "Learning to Fish in Murky Waters: The Missing Link in Capacity-Building", Joint Force Quarterly 86, 3rd Quarter, July 2017, June 21, 2017.


Long, Austin, Building Special Operations Partnerships in Afghanistan and Beyond (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2015).

Helmus, Todd, Advising the Command: Best Practices from the Special Operations Advisory Experience in Afghanistan (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2015).

CRS, What is "Building Partner Capacity?": Issues for Congress, Congressional Research Service (CRS), CRS Report R44313, December 18, 2015. A 64-page report for Congress - posted on the website of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

Yarger, Harry, Building Partner Capacity (Tampa, Joint Special Operations University, 2015).


Gates, Robert, "Helping Others Defend Themselves", Foreign Affairs 89, no. 3 (2010), 2-6.


News Articles on BPC

February 6, 2021. "Building Partner Capacity Is Great Power Competition: The Future of 333 Funds", by Phil Reynolds, Small Wars Journal.

January 14, 2016. "Learning From Our Mistakes in Selection and Training of Military Advisors", SOFREP. Perhaps the time has come to consider a permanent unit of advisors to conduct Security Force Assistance (SFA).



1. See page 2 of summary in CRS report R443313 What is "Building Partnership Capacity?": Issues for Congress, December 18, 2015.




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