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Retired U.S. Army Colonel Dennis E. Keller is presently a contract faculty instructor for the Department of Distance Education, U.S. Army War College (USAWC), where he is responsible for the development of the online regional studies course for the Americas region. Prior to his work with the USAWC, Colonel Keller served as an Infantry and Foreign Area Officer who retired after 30 years of service. He has experience working in the Latin American multinational environment since 1981. In 1985 and 1986 he was assigned to El Salvador as the Psychological Operations Advisor with the El Salvadoran Armed Forces Joint General Staff. For 2 years he worked with the El Salvadoran Armed Forces in planning and executing strategic and operational level psychological operations, and provided direct support to the El Salvadoran Armed Forces’ counterinsurgency operations to defeat the FMLN communist insurgency. From 1987 to 1989 Colonel Keller served as the senior Defense Intelligence Agency analyst focused on the Sandinista armed forces and the Contra insurgency against them in Nicaragua and Honduras. From 1989 to 1992, he was the Army and Navy Attaché with the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. There he reported on the Bolivian Armed Forces and National Police counterdrug operations. He worked with the Ambassador and other members of the Country Team to develop programs to achieve U.S. theater objectives for counterdrug operations and to maintain and strengthen democracy in Bolivia. Colonel Keller served for 7 years as the senior Department of Defense official for U.S. Embassy Country Teams in Latin America, from 1993 to 2000. From 1993 to 1997 he was the Defense and Army Attavi ché with the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. He reported extensively on the ongoing internal conflict between the Guatemalan Army and the URNG insurgency. He worked with the Country Team to further the U.S. objectives in Guatemala of achieving a negotiated settlement of the internal conflict and reducing human rights abuses by the Guatemalan military and insurgents. From 1997 to 2000 Colonel Keller served as the Commander of the U.S. Military Group with the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia. He assisted the Ambassador in the development of the U.S. Embassy’s Mission Performance Plan, and the U.S. Southern Command in the development of the Theater Security Cooperation Plan for the country of Bolivia. He also helped the Country Team and the Bolivian armed forces to develop a successful counterdrug strategy that succeeded in eradicating most of Bolivia’s illegal coca plant production, as well as promoting the Bolivian armed forces’ participation in international peacekeeping operations. Colonel Keller holds a B.A. in International Politics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair, Washington, DC.
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Authored by Colonel (Ret.) Dennis E Keller.
Stability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be challenged by the lack of effective local police forces to secure the civilian population from insurgent infiltration and criminal violence. Given U.S. government legal and organizational shortfalls to train and advise foreign police forces, coupled with an operational environment characterized by local police corruption and abusiveness, this monograph proposes a way ahead for effective community based policing despite these adverse circumstances.