Defense Education Enhancement Program

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The mission of the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) is to contribute to international security through professionalization of the officer corps, NCO corps and civilian defense officials of partner countries, making their defense education institutions compatible with Western defense education standards and values. The DEEP program works closely with the Partnership for Peace Consortium's Education and Development Working Group (EDWG).

DEEP addresses the professional defense education component of Defense Institution Building. To accomplish its mission, DEEP possesses the following features:

  • Supports defense education institutions (war college, staff college, military academy, NCO) for faculty development (how to teach) and curriculum development (what to teach)
  • Tailored to meet individual Partner defense education requirements – each defense education institution is different and treated accordingly.
  • Managed jointly by the Partnership for Peace Consortium and NATO through multi-year programs of cooperation designed to assist the host nation government defense education system to support effective modernization

As of January 2015, the DEEP program is actively collaborating with 13 countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Serbia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. DEEP collaborations are depicted below graphically. Click on a country to learn more about DEEP program successes in the country.

All DEEP programs are demand-driven and begin with a requirement that the host nation has identified. The host nation can end the program at any time of its choosing.

  1. Requirement for support normally forwarded in writing by the requesting government’s MOD to U.S. Embassy/NATO.
  2. Team of professional military education experts visits the country to discuss requirements in greater detail with the MOD and to coordinate with the specific professional military education institution making the request.
  3. Written report with observations and a recommended long term program of cooperation is prepared by the visiting team. Program then approved by PfPC and NATO and program execution begins, provided funding is available.
  • Subject matter experts recruited from western defense education institution faculties (e.g., war colleges, staff colleges) to conduct individual events.
  • Two DEEP Execution Pillars: How to Teach (Faculty Development) and What to Teach (Curriculum Development)
  • Two pillars executed via three programs:
    • Country-specific Defense Education Enhancement Programs (DEEP)
    • Defense Educator Workshops for Faculty Development
    • Development and Provision of Reference Curricula
  • Measures of effectiveness analysis and separate Strategic Plans created for each country.
  • All travel costs paid by the Partnership for Peace Consortium or NATO.