BG Charles Young Research, Analysis, and Lessons Learned Institute

About Us

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As the dedicated research institute of the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU)—the U.S. Department of Defense university responsible for advancing the knowledge and practice of Security Cooperation—the Brigadier General Charles Young Research, Analysis, and Lessons Learned Institute (the Young Institute)  serves as the premier resource for research and knowledge on Security Cooperation. The Young Institute advances the DSCU mission by fostering analysis, research, scholarship, and critical inquiry that advances the field of Security Cooperation, enables application of lessons learned, and promotes evidence-based decision-making.

Global defense partnerships are more likely to advance shared national security objectives if knowledge on security cooperation is used to inform trusted approaches that are institutionalized in practice.  To accomplish this, the Young Institute supports and enables the security cooperation enterprise to build, share, and apply evidence-based knowledge across communities. 

The Young Institute does this through a series of tailored programs and activities, such as sponsored research, fellowships, history projects, academic publications, conferences, institutional partnerships, lessons learned, and support to policymakers, planners, implementers, and educators.


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The Young Institute does not endorse nor advocate published materials. The Young Institute mission is to expand the intellectual foundations and promote learning that improves the practice and advances the field of Security Cooperation.