Understand to Prevent (U2P), is one of ten lines of development in the Multinational Capability Development Campaign (which consists of mostly NATO and like-minded nations – see also the MCDC website). The U2P line of development seeks to elaborate the role that militaries can adopt, in partnership with other governmental departments and civil society, in preventing violent conflict.
The first iteration of meetings (in the last two year cycle) produced the capstone ‘doctrine’ embodied in the Understand to Prevent Foundation Studies book linked below. The current iteration of meetings, seeks to operationalise the doctrine into a more tangible Handbook of tools and process. Most of the military representatives involved are from their national concepts and doctrine development centres, so there is lots of scope for open and out-of-the box thinking, some of which might make it into tactical field manuals if it survives contact with national/NATO approval processes.
- U2P Foundation Studies book – an informative and concise delve into the theory and evidence supporting of prevention of violent conflict
- The Understand to Prevent concept (short paper)
As at January 2016, the U2P Handbook is looking at interoperability with the NATO Comprehensive Operational Planning Directive (COPD), and with NATO CIMIC doctrine and processes. A number of bilateral nations are interested in options for collaboration and trialing, thus moving U2P from doctrine and planning to gaining traction as a field option for tactical units. Trialing opportunities include:
- the Combined Joint Staff Exercise in Sweden, April 2016
- Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Junior Officers Conflict Analysis Module (summer)
Further opportunities to trial the Handbook are welcome.
The course includes several modules covering topics such as the concept and policy framework of SSR, strengthening governance and accountability within the police services, analyzing and designing police support programmes, dilemmas and challenges when supporting police reform etc Interactive co-learning methodologies and concrete case studies that encourage participants to share their own experiences will be used throughout the course.