IDA has been working to help build the institutional capacity of the Columbian defense sector to govern, manage, resource, and sustain its security forces. At the request of the Colombian Ministry of National Defense and the Department of National Planning (DNP), IDA analyzed and proposed methods to provide resources for the defense sector outside of normal budget processes. The impetus for this work is an increasingly complex security situation combined with static if not declining defense budgets. IDA worked with the Colombian Directorate of Justice, Security, and Government within DNP to develop a structured and repeatable methodology to examine defense resourcing methods. We gathered data on how methods apply in other countries and then incorporated lessons learned from those perspectives to make recommendations for Colombia.