NATO has learned use cash to reduce violence. For example, hiring and arming villagers to simply keep bandits, terrorists and Taliban out of their area has proved successful in keeping the countryside peaceful. With weapons, organization and a little cash, Afghans are very capable of defending themselves. Without these items, a large armed group can dominate most rural areas. The exception is where there is a strong tribal militia organization. This is relatively rare as it depends on tribal leaders of exceptional skill. There are never enough of these leaders around, and many of them have gone on to form drug gangs. NATO plans to expand this village defense program from 10,000 armed men to 30,000.