Since 1995 and the proximity peace discussions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the personnel at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) have closely followed the application of the objectives of the resulting Dayton Accords. Since DISAM is located on the U.S. Air Force Base that hosted this historic diplomatic event, the Institute's attentive interest is quite understandable. In July 2002, a team of instructors from DISAM traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and had the opportunity to view the implementation of the Accords first hand and become part of the evolving process.
Dr. Ronald Reynolds, DISAM Commandant; Ms. Virginia Caudill, Director of Management Studies; and Dr. Larry Mortsolf, Professor Emeritus (retired) comprised the Mobile Education Team (MET). The team conducted a Security Assistance Management Planning and Resource Management (SAM-P) Course in Sarajevo from July 22 through July 26, 2002, under the auspices of the International Military Education and Training (IMET) Program.
The honorable Clifford G. Bond, the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, welcomed the students and provided formal remarks for the introduction of the course. He began his statement with the following:
In this room are the future military leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will be your responsibility to work together to prepare your country for entry into the Euro-Atlantic military institutions.
This seminar represents a significant milestone in US relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina because it is the first time that the U.S. Government organized an event together with a State-level institution, The Standing Committee on Military Matters (SCMM). We want to use the SCMM as our channel for cooperation with both military entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Another important priority for Bosnia and Herzegovina is creating a strong state-level dimension for defense to accomplish the important goals of fostering inter-ethnic stability through mutual understanding and …