Sowing the Seeds of Strategic Success Across West Africa: Propagating the State Partnership Program to Shape the Security Environment
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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The threat to U.S. national interests by the ISIL-affiliated group, Boko Haram and by transnational criminal organizations continue to plague West Africa. In the current era of fiscal constraint, low-cost options must be examined and the best approach must be taken to shape the security environment and stem the tide of regional instability. The National Guards State Partnership Program is a security cooperation tool that Geographic Combatant Commanders can leverage to enhance the military capabilities of partnered nations. This study will explore the viability of expanding the State Partnership Programs efforts in West Africa to support U.S. Africa Commands theater security cooperation objectives and overarching campaign plan.
- Military Forces and Organizations