PSOTEW History and Stakeholders



The workshop series was initiated by the Whole of Government workshop at Carlisle Barracks in 2005. Many of the original stakeholders are still involved to date. For the past 11 years, the purpose of these workshops and conferences was to bring together trainers, educators and practitioners from the U.S. and international governmental and military organizations, international and non-governmental organizations, military and civilian peace and stability training centers, and academic institutions, to share current challenges and best practices toward improving civilian and military teaming efforts in Peace and Stability Operations.

The 2017 stakeholders are:

  • Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (SO/LIC & P&R)
  • United States Institute of Peace
  • State Department's Foreign Service Institute
  • Simon Center, Ft Leavenworth
  • Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance (JCISFA)
  • Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD)

Past Conference Themes:

  • 2006. Examine processes for creating synergies among current education efforts, identify best practices, and provide recommendations to improve peace, stability, and reconstruction operations education programs.
  • 2007. Develop an education packet for our senior leaders and a comprehensive outreach strategy to engage civilian universities and the legislative branch of the USG.
  • 2008. Examined the commonalities and differences among the various approaches toward training and education; identified and shared the best practices of pedagogical tools; identified gaps and developed solutions in curricula, content, and methodologies; and established strategic partnerships to share content and ideas.
  • 2009. Identify Best Practices in Management, Evaluation and Delivery of Peace and Stability Operation Training and Education programs as well as specifically focusing on creating a Community of Interest among international partners involved in readiness and pre-deployment training and education.
  • 2010. Address current challenges and best practices toward improving civilian and military (CivMil) teaming efforts from a variety of different Peace and Stability Operational environments from a comprehensive approach perspective. The conference investigated the collection, validation, distribution and incorporation process of integrating these Lessons Learned into Stability Operations T&E curricula.
  • 2011. Postponed to 2012.
  • 2012. Enhancing curriculum components for thinking and working collectively and collaboratively to achieve cooperation toward aligned and harmonized interests among interagency and interorganizational stakeholders in education, training and exercises. This level of coordinated effort at the strategic and planning/operational level is often termed unity of purpose, or the comprehensive approach for the United Nations and international partners.
    • The SOTEW series reverted to a workshop format with plenary sessions to set the background.
    • Due to a lack of InterAgency participation in the JCS J7 Consolidated Scheduling and Deconfliction InterAgency Training Coordination Conference, usually held during the World Wide Joint Training and Scheduling Conference in Colorado Springs, J7 has decided to conduct a joint conference with PKSOI's SOTEW series, as many of the participants are the same, and the stakeholders agreed to the combined effort. J7 had a parallel running workgroup throughout the conference, focused on exercise schedule deconfliction to allow workshop participants adequate time to meet with individual exercise planners, so they can have a defined plan of integration into the exercises.
  • 2013. Three workgroups directed their efforts toward providing insights, assessments and recommendations of education, training, and leader development challenges and needs to members of the communities of practice, with specific points to the IETWG that will provide the basis for actionable recommendations/ actions over the next year. The specific education/leader development work groups offered attendees the option of presenting ideas, participating in discussions, and formulating recommendations in each of three civilian-military "communities of interest" :
    • Conflict Prevention (CP): How do we prepare leaders and practitioners to understand - 1) the critical dynamics of how peaceful/constructive competition and latent tensions among local/regional actors can move toward violent, disruptive conflict, and 2) the options/methods/processes available for preventing the slide to violent conflict?
    • Conflict Response (CR): How do we prepare leaders and practitioners to - 1) understand the underlying causes and dynamics violent conflict, and 2) the processes and options available for transforming conflict in search of stability and a durable peace?
    • Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HA/DR): How do we prepare leaders and practitioners to understand - 1) the challenges and best practices of working effectively in a complex operational environment where civilian-military (civ-mil) cooperation, especially with humanitarian and international organizations, is a critical element of success, and 2) the "preparedness" options and actions available that can reduce the level/risk of widespread destruction and suffering?
  • 2014. The overarching intent of the workshop is to provide a forum through which a broad assembly of educators and trainers can dialogue on essential content, methods and practices in the areas of conflict response/prevention and peacebuilding programs; and to collaborate on the development and presentation of integrated, cross-organizational curricula and programs that advance leader development, education, and training across our community of interest.

    The work groups offered attendees the option of presenting ideas, participating in discussions, and formulating recommendations in each of three civilian-military "communities of interest":
    • Conflict Prevention: Partnering for Success in Prevention and Management Efforts.
    • International Disaster Preparedness: Engagements for education and training in Disaster Preparedness.
    • Governance Innovation for Security & Development.
  • 2015. Preparing Leaders to Thrive in a Complex World. In building and maintaining the partnerships and relationships that lead to collective success, developing the requisite leader education and organizational training programs are essential. The knowledge that underlies the skills and abilities to build, to maintain, and to develop effective partnership activities requires constant improvement to meet the changing demands.
    • Develop programs that support effective, durable and flexible relationships that meet the need of the Department of Defense and the US Government. Enhance the current curriculum and efforts in education, training and leader development (ET&LD) across the community of practice to reflex the changing competency requirements;
    • Identify areas requiring adaptation and/or expansion, and propose innovative approaches for future action across the community;
    • Identify challenges and propose options for mutual success that leverage mutual efforts, integrate emerging practices and technologies that can be accomplished within the current resource-constrained environments; and
    • Address how cross-cutting issues among communities/work groups can be addressed by ET&LD institutions more effectively.
  • 2016 "Identifying and Implementing Peace and Stabilization Training and Education Best Practices."
    • Concept: Host senior CIV/MIL keynote speakers focusing on relevant peacekeeping and stability operations challenges followed by focused theme-related work groups that will present findings/recommendations to a senior leader panel. The discussions across the work groups will be directed toward providing insights, assessments, and recommendations on education, training, and leader development within the community of practice.
    • Goal: This workshop traditionally brings together trainers, practitioners, planners, and educators from U.S. and international governmental and military organizations, non-governmental organizations, peace and stability training centers, and academic institutions to review training and education efforts in stability and peacekeeping operations to develop recommendations regarding what should be preserved and what should be changed as the community plans for activities in future complex operating environments. The goals for the workshop are:
      • to produce a product that can be used to train and educate the joint force on peace and stability operations (doctrine/exercises/lessons learned, etc.);
      • to provide a forum that addresses the equities of the community of practice and its activities;
      • to foster collaboration between the joint professional military education and academic communities;
      • to inform and support senior leaders, to monitor progress, and to provide feedback on the recommendations over the next year.