Creating National Attraction: Military Intelligence Sharing Building Foreign Military Interdependence
Technical Report,24 Jul 2014,21 Jun 2015
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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This monograph uses three case studies to exemplify how the presence, or lack of, military intelligence sharing can increase the attractiveness of a state. The idea of state attractiveness is predicated on Joseph Nyes definition of attractiveness through soft power and how continued contact can increase the desire for further intelligence sharing. The co-creation of a detailed sharing agreement, especially with integrated facilities, appears to significantly increase the desire for continued sharing. Ultimately, shared interests are the catalyst for beginning to share intelligence and then continued sharing helps to further drive interests together. When states have converging interests they appear more likely to enter into intelligence sharing agreements and the formal agreements have a more profound impact on state attractiveness. This study concludes that states build attractiveness through military intelligence sharing due to the repeated cooperative efforts intelligence sharing requires, thereby creating an increasingly interconnected complex system, which amplifies the effects of their cooperation.