Military Review English Edition September-October 2014 - Page 26

Building Partnership Capacity 101 The New Jordan Armed Forces Noncommissioned Officer Corps Col. Joseph Rank, U.S. Army, and Lt. Col. Bill Saba, U.S. Army Col. Joe Rank is the senior defense official and defense attaché in Amman, Jordan. He has served as defense attaché in Yemen and Lebanon. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and an M.A. from University of Virginia and the National War College. Lt. Col. Bill Saba is an Army foreign area officer specializing in the Middle East. He worked with the country team in the defense attaché office, Amman, to assist the Jordan Armed Forces with noncommissioned officer development. He holds an M.A. in international policy and practice from George Washington University. A s war has become more complex over the span of military history, nations striving to build modern armies increasingly have recognized the need for highly trained and professional small-unit leaders. It was the need for small-unit leaders that gave birth to the noncommissioned officer (NCO) corps, and this necessity continues to demand NCO presence on the modern battlefield. 24 Where the U.S. Army has striven to build partnership capacity among partner armies in complex multinational operating environments, the need to promote professional NCO development has been one of many key lessons. One significant example of an NCO development initiative emerged in 2010, through the U.S. Army’s partnership with the Jordan Armed Forces ( JAF) in Afghanistan. September-October 2014  MILITARY REVIEW