Zambia Defense Force Completes U.S. Global Peace Operations Initiative Training

LUSAKA – Twenty-one Zambia Army and Zambia Air Force personnel presented a training exercise briefing on November 26 to the Zambia Army Chief of Training, Brigadier General Ng’andwe, as part of their graduation requirements.

As part of the $1.01 million U.S. Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) program in Zambia for fiscal year 2020, officers participated in a month-long Advanced Training Management and Training Resource Management course.  The course prepared Zambian Defense Force (ZDF) personnel, consisting of the Army and Air Force to complete mission analysis, training design, and training resource requirements in advance of a 10-week pre-deployment training course for the sixth Zambia Battalion (ZAMBATT VI).  ZAMBATT VI will deploy to the United Nations (UN) Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in 2020.  Like the previous five battalions, the ZAMBATT VI will benefit from U.S. GPOI-funded training, which has increasingly focused on development of training cadre and infrastructure at the Nanking Peace Mission Training Center.

During the month-long course, which concluded on November 29 at Zambia Army Headquarters, students produced and presented briefings on various subjects of instruction and demonstrated their understanding of course material.  The culmination of the course is the production of a ZAMBATT field exercise plan that students present to senior ZDF officials.  The completion of a written final examination is also a graduation requirement.

GPOI is a U.S. government security assistance program that enhances the capacity of foreign partner militaries to effectively conduct UN and regional peace support operations (PSO).  GPOI builds partner country capabilities to train and sustain peacekeeping proficiencies. The program also increases the number of military troops and formed police units (FPU) available for deployment, and facilitates the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of military units and FPUs to PSOs.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs manages GPOI.  The Defense Attaché Office of the U.S. Embassy manages GPOI-funded programs that benefit the ZDF.

The program has a significant metrics and evaluation component.  Actual deployments of recipient militaries or FPUs, effectiveness in PSOs, improvement of capacities, and self-sufficiency determine these outcome-oriented evaluations.