Case Study

Building Defense Capabilities Around the World

As a country that for many decades has dealt with conflict and unrest, in Afghanistan, the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan has worked to support and develop the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD). With an extensive history in training post-conflict nations to develop their own security forces, DynCorp International (DI) was selected to assist in this effort, providing integrated support throughout the Afghan defense structure.

At the top, DI senior mentors work with their military and coalition partners and are paired with their key Afghan MoD counterparts – a model that is mirrored throughout the ranks down to the basic Afghan soldier-level, where DI mentors work with their leadership to develop and deliver basic recruit training.

DI trainers typically have between one and seven years of experience in Afghanistan. Longevity brings continuity, which is essential to building lasting relationships with Afghan colleagues. With the rotation of military and coalition personnel, DI trainers have served as an important bridge of continuity across rotations. DI’s professionals include subject matter experts in addition to mentors and trainers, all of whom work together to prepare the Afghans to continue the development of the Afghan National Army (ANA) so that it can assume the independent security mission for Afghanistan. DI also has functional experts working with the ANA to support the ANA Corps operating in several regions around the country, advising in the areas of command, operations and training, logistics and fuel service.