PfPC Secretariat Leadership and Mission
The PfPC Secretariat, overseen by a U.S. Executive Director and a German Deputy Executive Director, directs a multinational team comprising six international program managers and operations specialists. Collectively, they manage the allocation of organizational and financial support to eight multinational working and study groups, ensuring their efficient operation.
About the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Consortium
The Partnership for Peace (PfP) Consortium is a multinational network of defense academies and security studies institutes united by the core principles of the Partnership for Peace program. Its mission is to promote defense education and facilitate multinational solutions to security challenges in the Euro-Atlantic community.
Key Role of George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
The George C. Marshall European Center plays a pivotal role by hosting the Secretariat, which is central to the Consortium's operations. The Secretariat coordinates administrative, financial, and program-related tasks, ensuring the smooth functioning of operations.
Within the PfP Consortium, the Director of the George C. Marshall Center serves as the U.S. Senior Representative on the Consortium's governance body, alongside senior representatives from eight other stakeholder nations and the NATO International Staff.
PfP Consortium Mission and Vision
Mission: Strengthen partner defense education and security sectors while fostering a trusted global network of defense educators, research professionals, and security sector practitioners.
Vision: Integrated Euro-Atlantic partners contributing to regional stability through multinational defense education, security sector cooperation, and capacity-building initiatives.
Empowering Working and Study Groups
The PfP Consortium carries out its mission through stakeholder-funded working and study groups that operate autonomously. These empowered groups have the authority to define research objectives (with SAC concurrence), nominate chairpersons, and manage schedules and deliverables. Working groups focus on specific projects within the Consortium's domains, while study groups encourage intellectual exploration of regional and historical areas of interest. Both types align their activities with the SAC's direction and maintain representation within the CSC, ensuring effective coordination and collaboration within the governance structure.
Thematic Working Groups
Thematic working groups facilitate collaboration among international defense academies and security studies institutes, bringing together experts who may not typically work together. They provide consulting services in defense education enhancement and produce seminars, workshops, policy papers, publications, reference curricula, and Advanced Distributed Learning tools. These contributions promote regional stability and educate future leaders in the defense and security fields.
In contrast to working groups, which focus on thematic security issues, study groups primarily concentrate on regional security threats, historical analyses, and explore shared concerns and practices among PfP partner nations.