USAID Considers Plan To Train Aid Workers As Special Forces Working With Non-Traditional Partners In Areas Vulnerable To Extremism

Devex: USAID mulls proposal to train aid workers as special forces
“…A … study [from the Frontier Design Group commissioned by the USAID Global Development Lab] explored the potential demand for and feasibility of a new idea, the creation of rapid expeditionary development teams — or RED teams. ‘Unlike existing USAID officers working in permissive and semi-permissive environments, RED Team members would be specifically recruited and trained to deliver novel techniques, practices, and tools optimized to secure communities vulnerable to violent extremist radicalization and exploitation,’ the report reads. … USAID declined an interview, but when asked whether the agency was still considering this proposal a spokesperson wrote to Devex by email: ‘We are still working on the details in formulating the Rapid Expeditionary Development (RED) Teams initiative. As a learning organization, USAID is reviewing the insights from the report and others to reflect on approaches like red teaming and their value to USAID moving forward’…” (Igoe, 2/19).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KaiserFamilyFoundation | twitter.com/kff

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.