Security Sector Reform (U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, Department of State, 15 January 2009), also known as 3D Paper on Security Sector Reform, provides Department of State, Department of Defense and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) practitioners with guidelines for planning and implementing Security Sector Reform (SSR) programs with foreign partner nations.
SSR refers to reform efforts directed at the institutions, processes, and forces that provide security and promote the rule of law. Over the past decade, the U.S. government, along with like-minded bilateral and multilateral donors, has begun to develop a more comprehensive approach to SSR by better integrating its defense, development, and diplomatic tools and resources. The objective of this new approach is to assist partner governments to provide effective, legitimate, and accountable security for their citizens. In so doing, SSR assists these governments to respond appropriately to threats within and outside their borders.
[See also, Implementing Security Sector Reform: Security Sector Reform Workshop Interim Report (4 December 2008).]