Private Sector Security Partnerships
Private Sector Security Partnerships
In a global economy, the private sector, such as legitimate commercial firms engaged in international trade, is uniquely positioned to help prevent the security and economic damage wrought by vulnerabilities in global value chains.
Transnational challenges - climate change, terrorism, trafficking of humans, drugs, weapons, illicit nuclear trade, environmental crime, public health challenges, and socio-economic underdevelopment – are stressing societies around the globe in unprecedented ways. Innovative partnerships between governments, private actors, and civil society are central components of establishing a bulwark against these dark forces of globalization. The Managing Across Boundaries initiative has spent the better part of the last decade building partnerships and analyzing national, regional, and global security and development challenges that are currently plaguing countries worldwide. MAB has simultaneously identified needs that the private sector can fill through innovative partnerships with governments. The program has also identified pilot projects that strike the right balance between long-term policy and public sector capacity building, with the need for private sector profit. The center of the program is the belief that there is a need for an honest broker in generating the next generation of public-private partnerships.
With the link between global security and global economics growing ever stronger, market incentives can play significant roles in more innovative strategies to undercut transnational security and development challenges. To that end, MAB works in forums across the world with officials from the public and private sector to identify mutually supportive solutions. This approach is reflected, for instance, in MAB’s work vis-à-vis the high technology sector. MAB is currently piloting a model for infrastructure and high technology companies in developing markets that responds to emerging global security and development challenges, while at the same time satisfying private corporation’s profit interests.
In the first phase of MAB’s Partners in Prevention initiative, a distinguished task force of industry leaders and national security experts endorsed seven targeted proposals to close security gaps in global trade by better leveraging market incentives. Targeted at U.S. government and industry stakeholders, the recommendations emphasize ways to strengthen industry’s export competitiveness, including a set of next-generation “trusted trader” regimes to facilitate legitimate trade while focusing enforcement resources on higher-risk transactions.
MAB is now continuing its collaboration with industry and government to advance a select number of task force proposals further on the path to sustainable implementation. One important example can be seen in the Public-Private Partnership Accelerator, which advances the nature of public-private sector partnerships in key national security and development areas, including:
· Addressing food insecurity by improving supply chain management
· Advancing global nonproliferation efforts by reshaping the relationship and information gathering efforts with corporations producing dual-use technologies
· Working with clean-tech innovators to promote sustainability in countries of the Global South
MAB works with the following private sectors and trade associations:
· High technology
· Supply chain
· National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
· National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA)
· National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC)
· U.S. Chamber of Commerce
· U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
· Accelerator page
MAB Reports and Other Materials
Seven targeted proposals to close security gaps in global trade by better leveraging market incentives, with an emphasis on strengthening export competitiveness.
· Killing Animals, Buying Arms (Jan. 2014)
A report on the serious threat posed by poaching and wildlife crime to international security and economic development, with analysis on how the private sector can play a role in combatting transnational crime while breaking into new critical infrastructure markets in East Africa.
· Make Money, End Poverty by Johan Bergenas