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Is America Training Too Many Foreign Armies?

John Norris explains why it's time to take a fresh look at the Pentagon's military assistance programs.

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  • John Norris

Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), made an unusually blunt admission last week regarding the failure of U.S. military training to instill respect for human rights in a Malian army now accused of massacring Arabs and Tuaregs as it fights its way north into rebel-held territory. “We didn’t spend probably the requisite time focusing on values, ethics, and a military ethos,” Ham acknowledged, saying that most U.S. training for the Malians focused on tactics, strategy, and “technical matters.”

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John Norris

Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative