Hat tip to WoTR for an article 'Raising An Army' by Sean McFate, which looks at security sector reform (SSR) and makes a few suggestions:http://warontherocks.com/2014/07/rai...rmy-ten-rules/

There's a ten point 'To Do' list and more. For the USA and other SSR is a strategic option, especially after peace appears to outsiders and this sums it up:
Inability to competently raise indigenous security forces results in strategic failure.
Curiously the author cites the PMC role in creating a new Liberian army as his test case, where he was involved with DynCorp.

African armies have recently been discussed on:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ad.php?t=20913

He ends with:
The best metric of success is easy:is a soldier someone a child runs away from in fear, or someone a child runs toward for protection?
Now I've started this new thread before checking if we have discussed this before - without a specific setting - so just maybe one day it will be merged into an older thread.