Rachel Tecott on Bureaucratic Pathologies in American Military Aid

On Target: an EGF Conversation

As global news headlines race from one story to the next, the line between fact and speculation is often blurred. At the same time, the dynamics driving international relations often get ignored. On Target unpacks the most pressing issues of the day, from nuclear weapons to US foreign aid. Research fellow Zuri Linetsky invites EGF’s nonresident fellows to break down their research and apply it to today’s most critical foreign policy debates.

In this episode, Zuri’s guest is Rachel Tecott. Rachel is an expert on US security sector assistance and helps us understand the challenges and pitfalls of America’s efforts to build, train, and equip other countries’ militaries. As the United States reflects on its post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and continues to support Ukraine’s defense against Russia, it’s important to consider the factors which lead to success and those which actually undermine efforts to support partner countries’ militaries.* 

*The views expressed here are those of Rachel and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Navy, Naval War College, or US Government.


Rachel Tecott is an assistant professor at the US Naval War College in the Strategic and Operational Research Department, and a nonresident fellow at EGF. Rachel’s research focuses on US military strategy and the bureaucratic, organizational, and cognitive impediments to its success.*

*The views expressed here are those of Rachel and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Navy, Naval War College, or US Government.

Zuri Linetsky is a research fellow at EGF, whose research focuses on American grand strategy, security sector assistance, and China in Africa.


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