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Peace Support Operations

Program Overview

The U.S. Department of State launched the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) as the U.S. contribution to the broader G8 Action Plan for Expanding Global Capability for Peace Support Operations and adopted it at the 2004 G8 Sea Island Summit.  GPOI is a U.S. government-funded security assistance program intended to enhance international capacity to effectively conduct United Nations and regional peace support operations (PSOs) by building partner country capabilities to train and sustain peacekeeping proficiencies; increasing the number of capable military troops and formed police units (FPUs) available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of military units and FPUs to PSOs.  The following workshop is a sample of some of the efforts being coordinated by the USPTC Program Office in support of these and other Peace Support Operations initiatives:

Peace Support Operations Workshop (PSO)
This program includes PSO training and education delivered in two phases.  Phase one introduces participants to UN policy and objectives for training; PSO tactics, techniques, and procedures; and the PSO Model (PSOM), a simulation tool developed for PSO operational-level planning and execution by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory of the United Kingdom.  Phase two reinforces Phase one instruction by putting students through a course of action (COA) development program of instruction.  The participants form a staff, plan through the complex interactions involved in PSO, and submit their plans to the PSOM, which provides needed feedback.  The PSOM is beneficial in evaluating training effectiveness, reinforcing weak areas, and incorporating real-world scenarios based on input from in-country teams that can help develop stand-alone models or those based on the whole of government approach.  These two phases can be taught consecutively or as stand-alone workshops.

 

Participating Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey A. Appleget
Jeffrey Appleget joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer with the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research and teaching interests include irregular warfare and counterinsurgency operations—models, methods, and tools for analysis, combat modeling, linear and integer programming solution techniques and their applications, test and evaluation, modeling and simulation, cutting planes, scheduling, and constraint branching.  Dr. Appleget earned his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy, his M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his Ph.D. from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Curriculum Vitae

Maj Robert Beljan
Robert Beljan is a Directing Staff Officer in the Training Department at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC).  The PSOTC is also a NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC), and Maj Beljan is part of the multinational team instructing the PSO programs.
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Alejandro (Andy) S. Hernandez
Andy Hernandez joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005 and is an Associate Professor with the Systems Engineering Department in the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  His research interests include systems engineering approach to design and analysis of simulation-based events; computer experimentation and design of experiments; rapid acquisition strategies; and wargames.  Dr. Hernandez earned his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy, his Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Maj Jussi Koponen
Jussi Koponen is the Assistant Chief of Staff, G1/G4, for the Administrative Office at the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT).   The FINCENT is also a NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC), and Maj Kopenen is part of the multinational team instructing the PSO programs.
Curriculum Vitae

LTC Christopher J. Nannini
Christopher Nannini joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2009 and is a Military Assistant Professor with the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research and teaching interests include modeling and simulations; design of experiments; and simulation analysis, test, and Evaluation.  LTC Nannini earned his B.S. and M.S. from Oregon State University and an additional M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Mr. Paul G. Roeder
Paul Roeder joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010 and is a Research Associate with the SEED (Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design) Center for Data Farming in the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  His research interests include design of experiments and statistics.  Mr. Roeder earned a B.A., B.S., and M.S. from California State University, East Bay.

Maj Goran Stokić
Goran Stokic is a Directing Staff Officer in the Training Department at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC).  The PSOTC is also a NATO Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (PTC), and Maj Stokić is part of the multinational team instructing the PSO programs.
Curriculum Vitae

Ms. Laura K. Whitney
Laura Whitney joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2010 and is a Research Associate with the Operations Research Department in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences.  Ms. Whitney earned her B.S. from Wake Forest University and her M.S. from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

 

Related Faculty Publications and Other References

PSOM Overview and Peacekeeping Operations Assessment Using PSOM (PDF)
UN Peacekeeping Operations Course held in Kyrgyzstan
USPTC, PSOTC, and FINCENT Partner to Instruct Course in Kazakhstan

 

 

 

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