Enhancing National Security Cooperation Policy with Remotely Piloted Aircraft
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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The 2010 National Security Strategy directs the Defense Department to enhance relationships with old allies and create new partnerships with other countries seeking to defeat Al Qaeda. The Department of Defense uses nation and region-specific security cooperation programs to promote stability, prepare for coalition operations, exchange information and intelligence, and ensure strategic access when needed. Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems have the ability to enhance all of the outcomes desired by security cooperation programs, but are currently restricted by the Missile Technology Control Regime MTCR, network security concerns and the lack of global operating standards. Reevaluating MTCR restrictions, improving network security, and standardizing global procedures and regulations will enhance security cooperation programs and improve overall national defense.