Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 8, 2010
Specialized stabilization and transitional democracy consulting firm, Development Transformations (DT), was showcased in a front-page Washington Post on September 21, 2010.
The Washington Post article, "Contractor helps troops gain conversation skills for war zone", and video, "Marines train through role-playing exercise", follow several weeks of in depth interviews with DT staff by reporter Ian Shapira and a site visit to a DT-led training in Quantico, VA where the company conducted situation-specific scenarios and stabilization training for Marine Civil Affairs units preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. The Post's coverage emphasizes some of the obstacles faced by US civilian and military personnel in Afghanistan, and how DT works to mitigate these challenges.
Sloan Mann, DT's co-founder, adds, "The Post's mini-documentary does a terrific job of exposing the challenges in teaching our troops how to build trust with Afghan community leaders. The mission to develop positive interaction with the Afghan populace is imperative if stability and governance are able to be achieved." Timothy Fairbank, DT's other co-founder, recently returned from Kandahar where he was monitoring Afghanistan's parliamentary elections. "After visiting one of the most volatile areas in Afghanistan, the need for improved stability operations is all too clear," says Fairbank. "Candidates, NGO leaders, government officials, and military officers all confirmed the urgent necessity to improve the effectiveness of civilian-military relations."
While The Washington Post's profile highlights DT's civilian-led stabilization training for Marines, the company also continues to expand into analytical research projects and program design, implementation, and evaluation.
About Development Transformations
Development Transformations is a fast-growing two-year old firm that draws upon a cadre of development and stabilization specialists with decades of experience in the civilian government, military, humanitarian, and international NGO sectors. DT provides clients with intensive training and guidance in the emerging fields of stabilization and transitional democracy and governance. For more information, please visit the Development Transformations website, http://www.developmenttransformations.com/ or contact Sloan Mann or Timothy Fairbank at 202-758-3617.